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Fiction against History : Scott as Storyteller - James Kerr

Fiction against History

Scott as Storyteller

Hardcover Published: 28th July 1989
ISBN: 9780521364256
Number Of Pages: 156

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Walter Scott was acutely conscious of the fictionality of his "historical" narratives. Assuming Scott's keen awareness of the problems of historical representation, James Kerr reads the Waverley novels as a grand fictional project constructed around the relationship between the language of fiction and the historical reality. Scott deliberately played fiction and history off against one another; and we can see throughout his novels a tension between the romancer, recasting the events of the past in accordance with recognizably literary logics, and the historian, presenting an accurate account of the past. This contradiction, reflected in Scott's generic mixture of romance and realism, remains unresolved, even in the most self-conscious of his works. It is in this interplay of fiction and history that Professor Kerr identifies the rich complexity of the Waverley novels.

Industry Reviews

'A complex and original interpretation of the novels ... Kerr conducts some intense and scrupulous reading of Scott's texts, honoring their imaginative richness while exposing their unexpressed ideological commitments. He brings to bear on Scott a sound critical intelligence.' George Levine, Rutgers University

A note on citations of the Waverley novels
The historical novel and the production of the past
The reemplotment of rebellion: Waverley and Old Mortality
Historical fable and political fantasy: The Heart of Midlothian and The Bride of Lammermoor
Redgauntlet: the historical romance as metafiction
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ISBN: 9780521364256
ISBN-10: 0521364256
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 156
Published: 28th July 1989
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.59 x 13.97  x 1.27
Weight (kg): 0.35