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Telling Over

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/9780195169676.003.0005
 Telling Over

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Revealed as “the Author of Waverley” by his financial crash, Scott reworks his authorial identity, developing new personae even as he admits his authorship. In the Malachi Malagrowther letters, a persona foregrounding the grotesque body that Scotland has become in an English context, allows him to intervene more deliberately in the economics of politics: he successfully challenges British banking laws as they apply to Scotland. In Chronicles of the Canongate, the persona is a putative author in search of an audience to lend him authority. He learns that relevance depends on his audience's engagement — their disagreement rather than their quiet compliance. Scott constructs an activist relation between writer and reader.

Keywords: Author of Waverley; authority; persona; grotesque; body; economics; politics; audience

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Subjects: Literary Studies (19th Century)

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