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Performing Other/Wise

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/9780195169676.003.0004
 Performing Other/Wise

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Scott wonders whether playing through literary and financial markets reveals that value is contingent and inevitably means devaluation for Scotland. In The Talisman, he allies the Scot with his racial other, and suggests that otherness perhaps should be embraced for the invisibility of the other offers an opportunity stealthily to rework the self and the dominant English culture — otherness may allow agency. In Woodstock, however, Scott considers the negative possiblity that value can never be fixed because everything is performance: when everyone is a performer (including the king), national politics is a self-reflexive farce.

Keywords: value; contingent; devaluation; other; racial; agency; performance; farce

Chapter.  12095 words. 

Subjects: Literary Studies (19th Century)

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