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Walter Scott and Modernity

Andrew Lincoln

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Walter Scott and Modernity argues that, far from turning away from modernity to indulge a nostalgic vision of the past, Scott uses the past as means of exploring key problems in the modern world.

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Chapter One. Introduction
Chapter Two. Towards the Modern Nation: The Lay of the Last Minstrel, Marmion, The Lady of the Lake, Waverley
Chapter Three. The Condition of England: Ivanhoe and Kenilworth
Chapter Four. Western Identities and the Orient: Guy Mannering, The Talisman
Chapter Five. Commerce, civilization, war and the Highlands: Rob Roy, A Legend of the Wars of Montrose
Chapter Six. Liberal Dilemmas. Scott and Covenanting Tradition: The Tale of Old Mortality, The Heart of Mid-Lothian
Chapter Seven. Liberal Dilemmas. Liberty or alienation? The Bride of Lammermoor, Redgauntlet
Chapter Eight. Postscript

About the Author

Andrew Lincoln is a Senior Lecturer in the School of English and Drama at Queen Mary, University of London. He is the author of Spiritual History (OUP, 1996), and editor of Songs of Innocence and Experience by William Blake (The William Blake Trust/The Tate Gallery, 1991).


a solid and significant contribution to Scott criticism
- Evan Gottlieb, European Romantic Review
This is a major, sophisticated book which looks at Scott in relation to that 'modernity' which is usually claimed to have its roots in the Enlightenment and whose possible supersession by way of the 'postmodern' dominates contemporarry cultural debate.
- Claire Lamont, University of Newcastle
Scott is becoming more widely recognized as a figure of central importance in British Romanticism as well as in the history of the novel and as a generative figure in the development of Scottish literature.  Lincoln's persuasive and incisive book clarifies the political and philosophical as well as literary terms of that achievement.
- Ian Duncan, University of California, Berkeley