‘Last Confessions and Dying 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:
‘Last Confessions and Dying Words’:

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This chapter discusses The Heart of Mid-Lothian, which is unlike Scott's earlier fiction, in the sense that it is less concerned with the recovery of the past. This fiction deals with no major historical event and provides a carefully controlled time scheme. This discussion states that The Heart of Mid-Lothian is not a conventional historical novel, but neither does it plainly take the question of personal growth and recovery of identity as its main subject matter. The chapter also takes a look at the different forms of discourse that are embedded within the novel.

Keywords: The Heart of Mid-Lothian; recovery of the past; historical event; time scheme; historical novel; personal growth; recovery of identity; forms of discourse

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Subjects: Literary Studies (1500 to 1800)

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