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Journal Cover Scottish Literary Review
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   ISSN (Print) 1756-5634 - ISSN (Online) 2050-6678
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  • Things and the Archive: Scott’s Materialist Legacy
    • Abstract: <p>By Ann Rigney</p> In his 1828 essay ‘On History’, Thomas Macaulay described how the wonderful stained-glass in Lincoln cathedral had come into being. One of the apprentices had purportedly collected the pieces of glass that the master-craftsman had discarded, and put these together to form that most beautiful of the windows. In the same way, Macaulay argued, Walter Scott had produced wonderful stories from the ‘gleanings’ left by historians and assembled new stories from the materials discarded by others.1Macaulay’s appreciation for the ‘gleanings’ of history echoes what archaeologists have long known; that it is often literally in the trash heaps – the middens – that valuable information can be found about the lives of people from ... <a href="">Read More</a>
      Keywords: Scott, Walter,
      PubDate: 2015-12-11T00:00:00-05:00
  • Pickling Virgil? Scott’s Notes to The Lay of the Last Minstrel
    • Abstract: <p>By Gillian Hughes</p> Although Scott’s long narrative poems are almost becoming fashionable again (at least in academic circles), the lengthy notes he attached to them remain something of an embarrassment: they tend to be omitted in modern editions and also to be overlooked critically.1 Superficially at least a reader tends to expect notes to behave as servants to the main text, supporting its arguments, explaining its meaning, and generally making the crooked places straight and the rough ways plain. Scott’s footnotes to The Lay of the Last Minstrel do perform this role, explaining succinctly, for instance, that the slogan is ‘The war-cry, or gathering word, of a Border clan’.2 His long endnotes, however, are something else entirely: ... <a href="">Read More</a>
      Keywords: Scott, Walter,
      PubDate: 2015-12-11T00:00:00-05:00
  • Larder and Library: Revising Archives in Castle Dangerous
    • Abstract: <p>By Nancy Moore Goslee</p> Close to the beginning of his late novel, Scott delays his English minstrel Bertram’s view of the ‘dangerous’ Castle Douglas, pausing to frame that visual perspective through two brief, retrospective oral narratives. Each of these accounts describes the same horrifying episode in the recent history of the castle, a history marked by repeated, violent exchanges between Scottish and English forces during the early fourteenth-century War of Independence. As Bertram arrives, the English now hold the castle but suspect all travellers, even their minstrel-compatriot. While one of the garrison escorts Bertram to the castle for questioning, he explains their edginess by describing the ruthless behaviour of the young ... <a href="">Read More</a>
      PubDate: 2015-12-11T00:00:00-05:00
  • All Ye Know on Earth, and All Ye Need to Know
    • Abstract: <p>By David Hewitt</p> In the early 1960s Walter Scott did not feature in the Honours English curriculum in the University of Edinburgh. That may not be surprising. In fact with the exception of Henryson’s Fables Scottish literature did not feature at all. The staff in Edinburgh at that period were exceptionally stimulating, but most of them did not appreciate that Scotland might constitute a different cultural context which might generate different cultural expectations. And the dominant critical ideology accommodated neither Scott nor Scottish literature.The critic in the ascendant was not F. R. Leavis, but Cleanth Brooks, and the key work was The Well Wrought Urn (first published in 1947). It contains ten brilliant essays on poems by ... <a href="">Read More</a>
      Keywords: Scott, Walter,
      PubDate: 2015-12-11T00:00:00-05:00
  • Scottish Literary Review
    • Abstract: <p>By Gerard Carruthers, Alison Lumsden</p> SCOTTISH LITERARY REVIEW is the leading international journal for Scottish literary studies, committed to approaching Scottish literature in an expansive way through exploration of its various social, cultural, historical and philosophical contexts, and of literary forms, both traditional and new. We are interested in comparative work with literatures from beyond Scotland, the interaction of literature with expressive media such as theatre and film, and in encouraging debate on issues of contemporary significance related to Scottish literary studies, so that SLR is both responsive to, and creative of, new readings and approaches. The journal is listed in the MLA International Bibliography and issues from 2013 ... <a href="">Read More</a>
      PubDate: 2015-12-11T00:00:00-05:00
  • A Symposium. Jane Millgate: The Making of Scholarship
    • Abstract: <p>By Tara Ghoshal, Ian Duncan, Peter Garside, David Hewitt</p> Tara Ghoshal Wallace The George Washington University Thirty years after its publication, it is safe to say that Walter Scott: The Making of the Novelist1 is one of those rare critical books that deserve to be called a classic. Scholars have internalised many of its insights, forgetting their original provenance in Millgate’s book: the ‘anonymity game,’ for instance (Millgate coins the phrase: 85–86), or what she calls Scott’s ‘usual crablike strategy of presenting innovation disguised as imitation’ (37).Millgate’s account of the making of ‘the Author of Waverley’ stands above most critical biographies by virtue of its sensitivity to what matters most in any reckoning with Scott’s achievement, his literary work. I ... <a href="">Read More</a>
      Keywords: Scott, Walter,
      PubDate: 2015-12-11T00:00:00-05:00
  • Hunting for Walter Scott
    • Abstract: <p>By Deirdre Shepherd</p> Scott’s Waverley novels might not seem to have much in common with Hillingdon Hall by R. S. Surtees; his second hunting novel which was first published in 1845. Surtees’ novels are quite neglected today: critics dismiss them as representative of inferior early Victorian fiction; they are ‘minor examples of popular literature . . . not so much “baggy monsters” as monstrous bags, into which almost anything could be crammed’.2If Surtees is known or remembered at all it is because he is associated with the fairly lowly genre of sporting fiction, and especially tales of hunting. He has become an old-fashioned and irrelevant author. This pejorative opinion is one not unfamiliar to readers of Scott, and this ... <a href="">Read More</a>
      Keywords: Surtees, Robert Smith,
      PubDate: 2015-12-11T00:00:00-05:00
  • We Did Not Think That He Could Die: Letitia Elizabeth Landon and the
           Afterlife of Scott’s Heroines
    • Abstract: <p>By Julie Watt</p> Thus wrote Letitia Landon, known as LEL, in her poem entitled ‘Sir Walter Scott’, of which this is the opening stanza, on first hearing of the death of the poet. Her close friend, Sir Edward Bulwer Lytton, held a similar view regarding Scott’s work which he thought ‘would be irreplaceable for “at least a hundred ages hence” ’2. Both were right in the sense that Scott’s fame couldn’t die (or hasn’t yet done so), but his work can never again be as much of a ubiquitous cult as it was in Landon’s day, especially on account of his astigmatism regarding the creation of female characters.For many months, LEL, like the rest of Scott’s devotees, had known that the novelist was slowly dying, and that he had ventured ... <a href="">Read More</a>
      Keywords: Scott, Walter,
      PubDate: 2015-12-11T00:00:00-05:00
  • ‘A vast o’ bits o’ stories’: Shortreed,
           Laidlaw and Scott’s Minstrelsy of the Scottish Border
    • Abstract: <p>By Lucy Macrae</p> Walter Scott was aware of, and understood, the inner workings of oral tradition from a very early age. Through the tales of an ancestral past told by his paternal grandparents at Sandyknowe Farm near Kelso, and by his mother and maternal great-aunt around the hearth in Edinburgh, Scott became accustomed to a way of life in which remembrance of the past was an everyday feature of the present. From both sides of his family, Scott gained, in the words of John Buchan,an insight – the unconscious but penetrating insight of a child – into a society which was fast disappearing, the society from which the ballads had sprung. A whole lost world had been reborn in his brain, and the learning of after years was only to ... <a href="">Read More</a>
      Keywords: Shortreed, Robert S.,
      PubDate: 2015-12-11T00:00:00-05:00
  • Anxiety in the Archive: From the Antiquary to the Absent Author
    • Abstract: <p>By Caroline McCracken-Flesher</p> To archive is to be anxious. Building the archive beseeches completeness, but is predicated on fragmentation; fragments indicate the impossibility of completion, but reveal the excess in irreconcilable objects; disparate objects invite constraint, but that provokes the randomness and uncontainability of a fractured and multiplied reality.In Carolyn Steedman’s Dust: The Archive and Cultural History, this is a problem expressed in terms that resonate for scholars of Walter Scott. Scrabbling through the archive, she says, we are always aware of the ‘Great Unfinished’1. Research never can be complete: ‘You know you will not finish, that there will be something left unread, unnoted, untranscribed. You are not anxious ... <a href="">Read More</a>
      Keywords: Scott, Walter,
      PubDate: 2015-12-11T00:00:00-05:00
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