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Consigning the Heroine to History: National and Historical Tales, 1800–1825

Nicola J. Watson

in Revolution and the Form of the British Novel, 1790-1825

Published in print February 1994 | ISBN: 9780198112976
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191670893 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198112976.003.0004
Consigning the Heroine to History: National and Historical Tales, 1800–1825

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This chapter pursues a related and amplified thematics of ‘right reading’ in the early novels of Scott and a number of fellow writers — Lady Sydney Morgan and Maria Edgeworth amongst them — novels which subordinate the individual sensibility associated with the letter and the residue of the Rousseauistic plot to social, indeed national and historical, consensus. The chapter is particularly concerned with tracing the recuperative transliteration of epistolary correspondence into the competing fictions of historiography, a transliteration which allows for the selective authentication of one socially healing version of a national past.

Keywords: Scott; Lady Sydney Morgan; Maria Edgeworth; right reading; transliteration; Rousseau

Chapter.  18652 words. 

Subjects: Literary Studies (19th Century)

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