Legitimate histories: Scott, Gothic, and the authorities of fiction
Legitimate Histories is an innovative reading of Walter Scott's Waverley Novels in the context of eighteenth- and nineteenth-century Gothic. The book includes analyses of such neglected works as The Fortunes of Nigel, Peveril of the Peak, and Woodstock, as well as the more frequently studied Rob Roy, The Heart of Midlothian, and Redgauntlet. Offering fresh insight into the variety and complexity of Scott's novels, and into the traditions of criticism which have so often obscured them, Legitimate Histories makes an important contribution to the study of Romanticism, the novel, and to current theoretical debates concerning historical fiction and historiographic authority.
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THE MONSTERS AND THE CRITICS
THE PASSAGES THAT LEAD
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aesthetic analysis Anne of Geierstein Antiquary anxiety artistic authentication Author of Waverley Bride of Lammermoor Caleb Williams Castle of Otranto chapter characters claims Connal context contrast critics Croftangry cultural Darsie Darsie's describes discussion Edinburgh English example father fear Fortunes of Nigel frame narrative Frank German Glenallan Gothic conventions Gothic fiction Gothic novels Heart of Midlothian hero heroine horror House of Aspen imagination implications interpretation introduction Journal language Letters literary literature Lockhart London Magnum Opus Magnum Opus edition manuscript Mary Maturin Melmoth the Wanderer Milesian Chief Moncada Monk moral MPW xviii Mysteries of Udolpho narrator narratorial Norna novelists passage past Peveril Pirate plot political preface present Radcliffe Radcliffe's reader Recess Redgauntlet Rob Roy romance scene Scott's novels Scottish secret Sir Walter Scott social Staunton story style suggests supernatural tale terror tion tradition voice vols Walpole Walpole's Waverley Novels WN xxxv Woodstock writing