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Introduction: The ‘Poverty’ of Words

Alison Lumsden

in Walter Scott and the Limits of Language

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print December 2010 | ISBN: 9780748641536
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748651610 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3366/edinburgh/9780748641536.003.0008
Introduction: The ‘Poverty’ of Words

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This introductory chapter discusses Walter Scott and his works, which draw not only on the Scottish language, but also on many European languages. It studies the extent Scott's novels serve as a medium of meaning created from the references to other texts and the relationship between his sources and his fictional texts. It considers Scott's involvement with the Edinburgh Edition of the Waverley Novels. It also examines the criticisms and studies on Scott's work, and outlines Scott's creativity through his concern with language.

Keywords: Walter Scott; Scottish language; European languages; medium of meaning; fictional texts; Edinburgh Edition; Waverley Novels; creativity

Chapter.  17455 words. 

Subjects: Literary Studies (1500 to 1800)

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