Covering the period 1979-1998, Irvine Welsh’s Novel Filth depicts endemic corruption within Scotland’s police force. The novel shows the corrupt behaviour that became the norm within Scottish institutions, and also within the British government, which those institutions serve. The corrupt police practices shown in the novel became firmly entrenched within the eighteen-year period of Conservative rule (1979-1997). Further to this, it is suggested that the corruption depicted was a consequence of the individualism that marked the ideology of the period.
How to Cite: May, A . (2013) “‘Corrupted Bodies’: The Relationship between Power, Corruption, and Illness in Irvine Welsh’s Filth”, Dandelion: Postgraduate Arts Journal and Research Network. 4(1). doi: 10.16995/ddl.271