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

Author: Fiona Robertson
Publisher: Oxford : Clarendon Press ; New York : Oxford University Press, 1994.
Series: Oxford English monographs.
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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  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
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Robertson, Fiona.
Legitimate histories.
Oxford : Clarendon Press ; New York : Oxford University Press, 1994
(DLC) 93027024
(OCoLC)28586473
Named Person: Walter Scott; Walter Scott, Sir
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Fiona Robertson
OCLC Number: 624330104
Reproduction Notes: Electronic reproduction. [S.l.] : HathiTrust Digital Library, 2010. MiAaHDL
Description: 1 online resource (xii, 322 pages).
Details: Master and use copy. Digital master created according to Benchmark for Faithful Digital Reproductions of Monographs and Serials, Version 1. Digital Library Federation, December 2002.
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.
Series Title: Oxford English monographs.
Responsibility: Fiona Robertson.

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This text provides a reading of Walter Scott's "Waverley Novels" in the context of 18th- and 19th-century Gothic. Including analyses of such neglected works as "The Fortunes of Nigel", "Peveril of  Read more...

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