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Liberal Dilemmas: Liberty or Alienation?

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/9780748626069.003.0007
Liberal Dilemmas: Liberty or Alienation?

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This chapter studies two novels that start to subtly expose the profoundly disruptive effects of the progress of modernity, showing that The Bride of Lammermoor presents some anxieties on the moral consequences of the rise of commerce and is a story of domestic tyranny. In Redgauntlet, Scott presents his own experience of modern Edinburgh, where the costs and benefits of modernisation can be explored in more detail.

Keywords: modernity; disruptive effects; Bride of Lammermoor; moral consequences; rise of commerce; domestic tyranny; modern Edinburgh

Chapter.  13453 words. 

Subjects: Literary Studies (20th Century onwards)

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