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The Problem of Walter Scott

Caroline McCracken-Flesher

in Possible Scotlands

Published in print October 2005 | ISBN: 9780195169676
Published online September 2007 | e-ISBN: 9780199787876 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195169676.003.0001
 The Problem of Walter Scott

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Scott operates in Scottish literary and political ideas of the nation. Typically, Scott is considered an historical and romance novelist who locks Scotland in the past, but nation theory and literary theories that track the negotiation of contingent value show Scott positing the nation as a space of possibility in the future. Waverley shows Scots working to construct the impossibility of a fixed identity; Guy Mannering implies there is a truth to identity, but it lies in the process of telling (which we can never quite grasp).

Keywords: historical; romance; nation; possibility; Waverley; Guy Mannering; telling

Chapter.  12543 words. 

Subjects: Literary Studies (19th Century)

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