Speaking my Language: Waverley, Guy Mannering and The Antiquary

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:
Speaking my Language: Waverley, Guy Mannering and The Antiquary

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This chapter studies the different ways Scott simultaneously looks back to his eighteenth-century predecessors in his early fiction. It shows how he reinvents the novel form during his search for a way to locate his stories of Scotland's past and personal identity in language. The discussion reveals that Scott's early fiction suggests that he was simultaneously creating the template for the historical novel and problematising a straightforward version of it. Scott suggests that any similar acts of ‘simultaneous translation’ are compromised, thus leaving much unsaid.

Keywords: early fiction; reinvention; novel; Scotland; personal identity; language; historical novel; simultaneous translation

Chapter.  11357 words. 

Subjects: Literary Studies (1500 to 1800)

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