Ideas of Order at Cape Wrath: Essays
White, Kenneth (2013) Ideas of Order at Cape Wrath: Essays, Aberdeen: Reseach Institute of Irish and Scottish Studies, pp.214 + x. ISBN: 978-1-906108-17-5
As in all his essay writing, Ideas of Order at Cape Wrath investigates the intersections between literature, science, philosophy, and the cultural histories which shape individual existence, exploring the many ways in which geopoetics can both illuminate and challenge the world in which we live.
Following in the tracks of intellectual nomads like himself, from Celtic monks moving out across Western Europe to Arthur Rimbaud’s tracks in Abyssinia, White charts a network of cross-connections between explorers of new territories, both physical and psychological. He also sets out to situate his own work in its local, Scottish environment and to see that environment in a cosmic scale, seeking the ‘edge-knowledge’ from which a new paradigm for cultural understanding can emerge.