2019 Student Research Conference:
32nd Annual Student Research Conference

Using Cognitve Theory to Illuminate the Alienation within Trainspotting by Irvine Welsh

Allyson R. Boone
Dr. Hena Ahmad, Faculty Mentor

An analysis of Trainspotting through the lens of cognitive theory illuminates the characters’ alienation from society, fueled by the consumption of drugs. Irvine Welsh’s novel paints the story of heroin addicts and their life in Leith, a run-down part of Edinburgh. Revealing Welsh’s perception of the problem that resides in the working class, the novel gives voice to the troubled urban underclass. The novel shows the social hypocrisy of 1980’s Scotland though the examination of the characters’ anti-Establishment stance. Furthermore, drawing on cognitive deixis and script theory, this paper will show the connection between drugs and the characters’ rejection of society.

Keywords: Irvine Welsh, Trainspotting, cognitive theory , education, alienation, drug use, script, Deixis


Presentation Type: Oral Paper

Session: 305-1
Location: BH 241
Time: 1:30

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