Scott's Shadow: The Novel in Romantic Edinburgh

Scott's Shadow: The Novel in Romantic Edinburgh

by Ian Duncan
     
 

ISBN-10: 0691043833

ISBN-13: 9780691043838

Pub. Date: 12/03/2007

Publisher: Princeton University Press

"Scott's Shadow is a splendid achievement. Rich, dense, and provocative, it rereads the novel's status as exemplary genre of national life in the nineteenth century. The most complete account to date of the dynamic matrix of Scottish literary production and reception in the years of Edinburgh's ascendancy as a publishing center, this book will rapidly become

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"Scott's Shadow is a splendid achievement. Rich, dense, and provocative, it rereads the novel's status as exemplary genre of national life in the nineteenth century. The most complete account to date of the dynamic matrix of Scottish literary production and reception in the years of Edinburgh's ascendancy as a publishing center, this book will rapidly become standard reading in the history of the British novel and in studies of Romanticism."—Ina Ferris, University of Ottawa

"Ian Duncan's book is an accomplishment of the very first order, a powerful reconceptualizing of both the history of the British novel and of Romanticism. The sweep of Duncan's argument is grounded in one of the most highly focused, richly historical, and textually rigorous critical arguments I've ever read."—Jon Klancher, Carnegie Mellon University

"Scott's Shadow is the product of years of immersion in the literary, political, and reviewing culture of Edinburgh. No one is better qualified to write this book than Ian Duncan, and he accomplishes it with a panache that matches his erudition. This is a compelling book, consistently—even grippingly—readable, and endlessly suggestive. It makes a major, decisive contribution to its subject."—Susan Manning, University of Edinburgh

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780691043838
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Publication date:
12/03/2007
Series:
Literature in History Series
Pages:
416
Product dimensions:
7.00(w) x 9.90(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations ix
Preface xi

PART I 1

Chapter 1: Edinburgh, Capital of the Nineteenth Century 3
A King and No King 3
The Modern Athens 8
A Post-Enlightenment 20
Scotch Novel Writing 31

Chapter 2: The Invention of National Culture 46
A Scottish Romanticism 46
From Political Economy to National Culture 50
"A fast middle-point, and grappling-place" 58
"Patriarch of the National Poetry of Scotland" 65

Chapter 3: Economies of National Character 70
Dirt 70
Purity 78
Beauty 82
Enjoyment 88
Traffic 91

Chapter 4: Modernity's Other Worlds 96
Scott's Highlands 96
Topologies of Modernization 101
Inside and Outside the Wealth of Nations 105
Modernity's Other Worlds 108

Chapter 5: The Rise of Fiction 116
Seeing Nothing 116
The Sphere of Common Life 119
The Rise of the Novel and the Rise of Fiction 123
Fiction and Belief 127
Historical Fiction 135
After History 138

PART II 145

Chapter 6: Hogg's Body 147
Ettrick Shepherd 147
Hogg's Scrapes 150
Men of Letters 155
Border Minstrels 159
The Suicide's Grave 166
Organic Form 173

Chapter 7: The Upright Corpse 183
The Mountain and Fairy School 183
Leagues and Covenants 187
Magical Realism 194
The Upright Corpse 207
Resurrection Men 212

Chapter 8: Theoretical Histories of Society 215
Local Theoretical History 215
Exemplarity: Annals of the Parish 223
Ideology: The Provost 230
Plot: The Entail 235

Chapter 9: Authenticity Effects 246
Post-Enlightenment Postmodernism 246
Revolutionary History 253
Philosophical Melancholy and Delirium 258
Technologies of Self and Other 264
Authenticity Effects 272

Chapter 10: A New Spirit of the Age 287
A Paper Economy 287
The Spirit of the Time 297
Recessional 306

Notes 311
Bibliography 349
Early Nineteenth-Century Periodicals 349
Sources Published before 1900 349
Sources Published after 1900 356
Index 375

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