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The Edinburgh Companion to Sir Walter Scott

Edited by Fiona Robertson

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Sir Walter Scott (1771-1832) is widely recognised as one of the central and defining figures in Scottish literature and in European and American Romanticism. Fabled in his own lifetime as 'the Wizard of the North' and as the (long-anonymous) 'Author of Waverley', he played a unique role in the dissemination of an idea of Scottish culture and history. From his early work as a collector and editor of traditional ballads to the widespread popularity and fame of his poetry and novels, and to his important writings on history, economics, folklore, and literature, Scott refashioned the literary culture of his day and continues to shape our own.

The Edinburgh Companion to Sir Walter Scott, the first collection of its kind devoted to his work, draws on the innovative research and scholarship which have revitalised the study of the whole range of his exceptionally diverse writing in recent years. Chapters written by leading international scholars provide an indispensable guide to his work in different genres and reflect the topics and concerns which are most exciting in Scott scholarship today, including his place in literary and popular culture, his experimentation and originality, his relationship to Romanticism, and the revaluation of lesser-known works.

Key Features

  • The first and only 'Companion' to Walter Scott
  • Written by leading international scholars who have themselves defined modern study of Scott
  • Makes the most innovative and authoritative criticism of Scott accessible and available to new and more specialised readers alike
  • Covers the full range of Scott's writing, with chapters on his lesser-known as well as canonical works

Contents

Abbreviations
Series Editors Preface
Brief Biography of Walter Scott
Introduction
Fiona Robertson
1. Scott’s Authorship and Book Culture
Ina Ferris
2. Ballads and Borders, Kenneth McNeil
3. The Narrative Poems, Alison Lumsden and Ainsley McIntosh
4. Scott’s Jacobitical Plots, Caroline McCracken-Flesher
5. History and Historiography, Catherine Jones
6. Scott’s Worlds of War, Samuel Baker
7. Scott and the Reformation of Religion, George Marshall
8. Romancing and Romanticism, Fiona Robertson
9. Monarchy and the Middle-Period Novels, Tara Ghoshal Wallace
10. Scott and Political Economy, Alexander Dick
11. Late Scott, Ian Duncan
12. Afterlives, Nicola J. Watson
Endnotes
Further Reading
Notes on Contributors
Index.

About the Author

Fiona Robertson is Horace Walpole Professor of English Literature at St Mary's University College and a former Reader in English at the University of Durham and Research Fellow of Hertford College, Oxford. She has published several editorial and critical works on Walter Scott among a range of studies of eighteenth- and nineteenth-century British and American literature.

Reviews

The Edinburgh Companion to Sir Walter Scott successfully reorients Scott criticism for generations of readers by offering a comprehensive and cohesive exploration of the man and his work in their social, historical, and artistic totalities.

- J. Greg Matthews, Cataloging Librarian, Washington State University, Vancouver, Washington, USA, Reference Reviews, Vol 28, No 2

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