The Afterlives of Walter Scott: Memory on the Move by Ann Rigney

By Ann Rigney

Sir Walter Scott (1771-1832) was a loved ones identify, yet is now principally forgotten. This ebook explores how Scott's paintings grew to become an all-pervasive aspect of reference for cultural reminiscence and collective identification within the 19th century, and why it now not has this function. Ann Rigney breaks new flooring in reminiscence reviews and the examine of literary reception by way of studying the dynamics of cultural reminiscence and the 'social lifestyles' of literary texts throughout a number of generations and a number of media. She will pay cognizance to the remediation of the Waverley novels as they travelled into portray, the theatre, and fabric tradition, in addition to to the position of 'Scott' as a reminiscence web site within the public sphere for a century after his loss of life. utilizing quite a lot of examples and supported via many illustrations, Rigney demonstrates how remembering Scott's paintings contributed to shaping nationwide and transnational identities as much as international battle I, and contributed to the emergence of the assumption of an English-speaking international encompassing Scotland, the British Empire, and the us. Scott's paintings cast a effective alliance among reminiscence, literature, and identification that used to be eminently fitted to modernization. His legacy keeps within the common trust that attractive with the previous is a for transcending it.

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What made Scott’s work procreative in this sense? 59 Thanks to his literary skills and powerful imagination, Scott had narrativized the life of Helen Walker, transforming her into a character in whose struggles readers become imaginatively involved. Without the benefit of this narrative artistry, there would have been little to remember about her life and, like so many other violets, she would have been born to blush unseen. While this basic point might be made of any well-written biography, the case of Helen Walker/Jeanie Deans is notable because the memorability of the story became divorced from the matter of historical accuracy.

67 Ambivalence helped make them procreative by inviting new attempts to pin them down. THE NOVEL RECOLLECTED: CRITICAL APPROPRIATIONS Since the appearance of The Heart of Mid-Lothian almost two hundred years ago, the novel has never been out of print. 68 The National Union Catalogue lists no fewer than 87 editions between 1818 and 1900. In the Portable Monuments 35 twentieth century it has been reprinted in various standalone editions and, most recently, as part of the Edinburgh Edition of the Waverley Novels (where the editors have been at pains to replicate Scott’s original manuscript version of 1818 rather than the revised edition that Scott himself had brought out in 1830).

Chapter 4 pursues this discussion with reference to Ivanhoe’s afterlife in the USA, critically revisiting Mark Twain’s claim that Scott somehow ‘caused’ the Civil War. I argue that Scott did not cause it, but that he did help shape its imaginary and, as an icon known both north and south, its subsequent remembrance. Chapter 5 turns to spatial practices and to Scott’s role in the emergence of synthetic ‘sites of memory’ that provided memory-laden destinations at a time of increased mobility and intensified tourism.

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