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 the first comprehensive account of the flowering of Scottish fiction between 1802 and 1832, when post-Enlightenment Edinburgh rivaled London as a center for literary and cultural innovation. Ian Duncan shows how Walter Scott became the central figure in these developments, and how he helped redefine the novel as the principal modern genre

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Scott's Shadow is the first comprehensive account of the flowering of Scottish fiction between 1802 and 1832, when post-Enlightenment Edinburgh rivaled London as a center for literary and cultural innovation. Ian Duncan shows how Walter Scott became the central figure in these developments, and how he helped redefine the novel as the principal modern genre for the representation of national historical life.

Duncan traces the rise of a cultural nationalist ideology and the ascendancy of Scott's Waverley novels in the years after Waterloo. He argues that the key to Scott's achievement and its unprecedented impact was the actualization of a realist aesthetic of fiction, one that offered a socializing model of the imagination as first theorized by Scottish philosopher and historian David Hume. This aesthetic, Duncan contends, provides a powerful novelistic alternative to the Kantian-Coleridgean account of the imagination that has been taken as normative for British Romanticism since the early twentieth century. Duncan goes on to examine in detail how other Scottish writers inspired by Scott's innovations—James Hogg and John Galt in particular—produced in their own novels and tales rival accounts of regional, national, and imperial history.

Scott's Shadow illuminates a major but neglected episode of British Romanticism as well as a pivotal moment in the history and development of the novel.

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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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