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Legitimate histories : Scott, Gothic, and the authorities of fiction, Fiona Robertson

Label
Legitimate histories : Scott, Gothic, and the authorities of fiction
Title
Legitimate histories
Title remainder
Scott, Gothic, and the authorities of fiction
Statement of responsibility
Fiona Robertson
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
  • Legitimate Histories is an original and wideranging reading of Walter Scott's Waverley Novels in the context of eighteenth and nineteenth-century Gothic
  • Bringing together two types of historical fiction which have traditionally been kept apart in surveys of the Romantic period, Fiona Robertson argues that it is impossible to judge the effectiveness of Scott's narratorial strategies if one continues to filter out the problems generic, cultural, and structural - which generated them. She draws attention to shared (and contested) historical and political preoccupations, to techniques of narrative deferral and fantasies of origin and originality, and to the crises of authority and authenticity which are concealed (and flaunted) by the masterful voice of the 'Author of Waverley'. She also focuses on the critical traditions by which Scott's fissured, questioning, and problematic novels have been stabilized for increasingly disenchanted generations of readers
  • Arguing for a new way of approaching Scott, the book takes in the whole range of Waverley Novels, including analyses of such neglected works as The Fortunes of Nigel, Peveril of the Peak, Woodstock, and Anne of Geierstein, as well as the more familiar Rob Roy, The Heart of Midlothian, and Redgauntlet. Offering fresh insight into the variety and complexity of Scott's novels, and into the traditions of criticism which have so often obscured them, Legitimate Histories makes an important contribution to the study of Romanticism and the novel, and to current theoretical debates concerning historical fiction and historiographic authority
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Robertson, Fiona
Dewey number
823/.7
Index
index present
LC call number
PR5322.W43
LC item number
R63 1994
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Series statement
Oxford English monographs
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Scott, Walter
  • Historical fiction, Scottish
  • Scottish fiction
  • Gothic revival (Literature)
  • Gothic fiction (Literary genre), Scottish
  • Authority in literature
  • Scotland
Label
Legitimate histories : Scott, Gothic, and the authorities of fiction, Fiona Robertson
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. [274]-311) and index
Contents
  • 1. The Healthy Text: Scott, the Monsters, and the Critics. 1. The New-Discovered Continent. 2. The Titanic Incompetent. 3. An Initiated Ghost-Seer -- 2. Gothic: The Passages That Lead to Nothing. 1. The Delayed and the Unutterable: Evasiveness in Gothic Structure and Style. 2. Legitimate History and the Fantasy of Origins. 3. 'Sheltered Under the Cannon': The Anxieties of Not Being Influenced. 4. The Implicated Reader in the Drama of Terror -- 3. Fictions of Authenticity: The Frame Narratives and Notes of the Waverley Novels. 1. Scott's First Editions: The Author in Disguise. 2. Notes and the Magnum Opus: 'The Mask of Veracity' -- 4. Secrecy, Silence, and Anxiety: Gothic Narratology and the Waverley Novels. 1. The Pirate: 'The Interest of a Riddle'. 2. Rob Roy: 'The Secrets of this Fearful Prison House'. 3. Peveril of the Peak: 'Dimly Seen by Twilight' -- 5. Phantoms of Revolution: Five Case-Studies of Literary Convention and Social Analysis
  • 1. The Dead Past and a Misbegotten Present: The Antiquary. 2. An Apostate Spirit Incarnate: The Heart of Midlothian. 3. Re-Plotting Nationalist Rebellion: The Bride of Lammermoor and The Milesian Chief. 4. Phantoms of Revolution: The Fortunes of Nigel. 5. Ritual and Trial: The House of Aspen and Anne of Geierstein -- 6. 'Ripping Up Auld Stories': Exhumation and the Gothic Imagination in Redgauntlet -- Conclusion. Labyrinth, Origin, and the Gothic House of Mystery: Woodstock
Dimensions
23 cm.
Extent
xii, 322 p.
Isbn
9780198112242
Isbn Type
(acid-free paper)
Lccn
93027024 //r94
System control number
  • (CaMWU)u924229-01umb_inst
  • (Sirsi) AIE-2038
  • 01742
  • 32212020944545
  • (OCoLC)28586473
Label
Legitimate histories : Scott, Gothic, and the authorities of fiction, Fiona Robertson
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. [274]-311) and index
Contents
  • 1. The Healthy Text: Scott, the Monsters, and the Critics. 1. The New-Discovered Continent. 2. The Titanic Incompetent. 3. An Initiated Ghost-Seer -- 2. Gothic: The Passages That Lead to Nothing. 1. The Delayed and the Unutterable: Evasiveness in Gothic Structure and Style. 2. Legitimate History and the Fantasy of Origins. 3. 'Sheltered Under the Cannon': The Anxieties of Not Being Influenced. 4. The Implicated Reader in the Drama of Terror -- 3. Fictions of Authenticity: The Frame Narratives and Notes of the Waverley Novels. 1. Scott's First Editions: The Author in Disguise. 2. Notes and the Magnum Opus: 'The Mask of Veracity' -- 4. Secrecy, Silence, and Anxiety: Gothic Narratology and the Waverley Novels. 1. The Pirate: 'The Interest of a Riddle'. 2. Rob Roy: 'The Secrets of this Fearful Prison House'. 3. Peveril of the Peak: 'Dimly Seen by Twilight' -- 5. Phantoms of Revolution: Five Case-Studies of Literary Convention and Social Analysis
  • 1. The Dead Past and a Misbegotten Present: The Antiquary. 2. An Apostate Spirit Incarnate: The Heart of Midlothian. 3. Re-Plotting Nationalist Rebellion: The Bride of Lammermoor and The Milesian Chief. 4. Phantoms of Revolution: The Fortunes of Nigel. 5. Ritual and Trial: The House of Aspen and Anne of Geierstein -- 6. 'Ripping Up Auld Stories': Exhumation and the Gothic Imagination in Redgauntlet -- Conclusion. Labyrinth, Origin, and the Gothic House of Mystery: Woodstock
Dimensions
23 cm.
Extent
xii, 322 p.
Isbn
9780198112242
Isbn Type
(acid-free paper)
Lccn
93027024 //r94
System control number
  • (CaMWU)u924229-01umb_inst
  • (Sirsi) AIE-2038
  • 01742
  • 32212020944545
  • (OCoLC)28586473

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