Procreativity: Remediation and <i>Rob Roy</i>

Ann Rigney

in The Afterlives of Walter Scott

Published in print March 2012 | ISBN: 9780199644018
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191738784 | DOI:
Procreativity: Remediation and Rob Roy

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Scott’s work was not only immensely popular but also extremely procreative: that is, it generated many new versions of itself in both print and other media. Using the concept of remediation, Chapter 2 focuses on Scott’s procreativity in other media, especially the theatre, in order to explain the apparent paradox that novelistic adaptation was linked both to the desire for new forms of immediacy and to the pleasure of reiteration. After a brief survey of the adaptations of his work to the visual arts and material culture, the chapter turns to dramatizations of the Waverley novels, focusing in particular on the repeated productions of Rob Roy (1817) whose popularity on stage is explained as a way of performing Scottishness ‘live’. The later adaptations of the novel to the screen show how Scott’s novel helped relay popular culture into the twentieth century.

Keywords: Rob Roy; procreativity; adaptation; remediation; painting; performance; theatre; cinema; Scotland; popular culture

Chapter.  12650 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Literary Studies (19th Century)

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