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Circulating Scotlands

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/9780195169676.003.0002
 Circulating Scotlands

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Scott multiplies the voices, modes, and stories of Scottishness. The Antiquary implies a precise, delimited attitude to history, but shows that the past falls into fragments that can be twisted into a new present. Tales of My Landlord, First Series (The Black Dwarf and Old Mortality), in its prefaces and novels implies there are many and conflicting stories to tell. The Heart of Midlothian shows the opportunity to shift and change meanings when information, stories, and narrators clash — the trick is never to settle for a given telling, teller or tale, but to privilege mobility.

Keywords: Antiquary; tale; fragments; Old Mortality; telling; prefaces; Heart of Midlothian; narrator; mobility

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Subjects: Literary Studies (19th Century)

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