Chapter

Chancing Scotland

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/9780195169676.003.0003
 Chancing Scotland

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Scott plays the markets of literary and economic value, making money and teaching readers how to negotiate worth by playing tales and tellers off against one another. The Fortunes of Nigel ponders whether one can circulate too freely in these markets to maintain reputation and worth. But valuation is always a gamble where success goes to those willing to stand the gain or loss. Scott plays the game at George IV's royal visit to Edinburgh, where he trades Scottish signs to increase the King's status so that he may in turn legitimize Scotland as the (supposed) land of origin and worth.

Keywords: play; market; value; circulate; worth; game; gamble; George IV; Edinburgh; origin

Chapter.  25285 words. 

Subjects: Literary Studies (19th Century)

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