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Liberal Dilemmas: Scott and Covenanting Tradition

Andrew Lincoln

in Walter Scott and Modernity

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print April 2007 | ISBN: 9780748626069
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748651870 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3366/edinburgh/9780748626069.003.0006
Liberal Dilemmas: Scott and Covenanting Tradition

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This chapter explains how the historical perspective of Scott's fiction permits the liberal conscience to be confronted with identities, beliefs and the kinds of allegiance that it has supposedly renounced. It argues that this confrontation allows an unprecedented fictional engagement with several enduring social, moral and political problems presented by the arrival of liberalism. The chapter also identifies two kinds of criticism, and studies two novels on the complicated treatment of Covenanting history and the conciliatory approach to history.

Keywords: historical perspective; liberal conscience; fictional engagement; liberalism; kinds of criticism; Covenanting history; conciliatory approach

Chapter.  16384 words. 

Subjects: Literary Studies (20th Century onwards)

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