Legitimate Histories: Scott, Gothic, and the Authorities of Fiction ( Oxford English Monographs Series)

Legitimate Histories: Scott, Gothic, and the Authorities of Fiction ( Oxford English Monographs Series)

by Fiona Robertson
     
 

Legitimate Histories is an innovative reading of Walter Scott's Waverley Novels in the context of eighteenth- and nineteenth-century Gothic. The book includes analyses of such neglected works as The Fortunes of Nigel, Peveril of the Peak, and Woodstock, as well as the more frequently studied Rob Roy, The Heart of Midlothian, and Redgauntlet. Offering fresh insight

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Legitimate Histories is an innovative reading of Walter Scott's Waverley Novels in the context of eighteenth- and nineteenth-century Gothic. The book includes analyses of such neglected works as The Fortunes of Nigel, Peveril of the Peak, and Woodstock, as well as the more frequently studied 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, the novel, and to current theoretical debates concerning historical fiction and historiographic authority.

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ISBN-13:
9780198112242
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
04/21/1994
Series:
Oxford English Monographs Series
Pages:
336
Product dimensions:
5.63(w) x 8.75(h) x 0.97(d)

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Table of Contents

Abbreviations
A Note on Texts
Introduction1
1The Healthy Text: Scott, the Monsters, and the Critics21
1The New-Discovered Continent27
2The Titanic Incompetent41
3An Initiated Ghost-Seer51
2Gothic: The Passages That Lead to Nothing68
1The Delayed and the Unutterable: Evasiveness in Gothic Structure and Style72
2Legitimate History and the Fantasy of Origins85
3'Sheltered Under the Cannon': The Anxieties of Not Being Influenced93
4The Implicated Reader in the Drama of Terror101
3Fictions of Authenticity: The Frame Narratives and Notes of the Waverley Novels117
1Scott's First Editions: The Author in Disguise123
2Notes and the Magnum Opus: 'The Mask of Veracity'142
4Secrecy, Silence, and Anxiety: Gothic Narratology and the Waverley Novels161
1The Pirate: 'The Interest of a Riddle'169
2Rob Roy: 'The Secrets of this Fearful Prison House'177
3Peveril of the Peak: 'Dimly Seen by Twilight'188
5Phantoms of Revolution: Five Case-Studies of Literary Convention and Social Analysis196
1The Dead Past and a Misbegotten Present: The Antiquary197
2An Apostate Spirit Incarnate: The Heart of Midlothian205
3Re-Plotting Nationalist Rebellion: The Bride of Lammermoor and The Milesian Chief214
4Phantoms of Revolution: The Fortunes of Nigel225
5Ritual and Trial: The House of Aspen and Anne of Geierstein233
6'Ripping Up Auld Stories': Exhumation and the Gothic Imagination in Redgauntlet246
Conclusion. Labyrinth, Origin, and the Gothic House of Mystery: Woodstock265
Bibliography274
Index313

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