‘Narrative Continued’:Redgauntlet and Chronicles of the Canongate

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:
‘Narrative Continued’:Redgauntlet and Chronicles of the Canongate

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This chapter takes a look at the extent to which Scott goes beyond the aesthetic ‘exhaustion’ of the early 1820s in texts such as Chronicles of the Canongate and Redgauntlet. This presents fictions that form new relationships with language and study the need to proceed in the face of the broken and problematic nature of all human communication. This chapter describes Redgauntlet as one of Scott's most popular fictions and his most autobiographical, while Chronicles of the Canongate is his first work of fiction to be published where his authorship was apparent.

Keywords: aesthetic exhaustion; Redgauntlet; Chronicles of the Canongate; human communication; authorship; autobiographical

Chapter.  13864 words. 

Subjects: Literary Studies (1500 to 1800)

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