Prefacing the Waverley Prefaces: A Reading of Sir Walter Scott Prefaces to the Waverley Novels

Prefacing the Waverley Prefaces: A Reading of Sir Walter Scott Prefaces to the Waverley Novels

by Patricia S. Gaston
     
 

This is an extended reading of both the initial and the Magnum Opus prefaces to Sir Walter Scott's Waverley novels. Instead of being poorly crafted, expendable fluff, the prefaces describe Scott's theory of the historical novel - the subgenre he «invented» - and of historiography itself. The prefaces include an intricate arrangement of authorial

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This is an extended reading of both the initial and the Magnum Opus prefaces to Sir Walter Scott's Waverley novels. Instead of being poorly crafted, expendable fluff, the prefaces describe Scott's theory of the historical novel - the subgenre he «invented» - and of historiography itself. The prefaces include an intricate arrangement of authorial personae, raising the essential questions concerning historical source material and narrative authority.

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From the Publisher
«...there is some very interesting material and a welcome attention to a wide range of Scott's novels. It is particularly useful to have the importance of the frame-narrative of 'Tales of the Crusaders' so emphatically secured.» (Fiona Robertson, Scottish Literary Journal)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780820416113
Publisher:
Lang, Peter Publishing, Incorporated
Publication date:
03/01/1992
Series:
American University Studies Series: Series 4: English Language and Literature , #130
Pages:
181

Meet the Author

The Author: Patricia Gaston received her Ph.D. from the University of Florida, where she studied with Alistair Duckworth and John Leavey. She was a participant in a 1990 NEH seminar on Sir Walter Scott, conducted by James Chandler at the University of Chicago.

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