Walter Scott and Contemporary Theory

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A&C Black, Feb 14, 2013 - Literary Criticism - 208 pages
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A bestselling author in his own time and long after, Sir Walter Scott was not only a writer of thrilling tales of romance and adventure but also an insightful historical thinker and literary craftsman. Over the last two decades, scholars have come to see him as an important figure in Romantic-period literature, Scottish literature and the development of the historical novel.

Walter Scott and Contemporary Theory
builds on this renewed appreciation of Scott's importance by viewing his most significant novels - from Waverley and Rob Royto Ivanhoe,Redgauntlet, and beyond - through the lens of contemporary critical theory. By juxtaposing pairings of Scott's early and later novels with major contemporary theoretical concepts and the work of such thinkers as Alain Badiou, Judith Butler, Jacques Derrida and Slavoj Žižek, this book uses theory to illuminate the complexities of Scott's fictions, while simultaneously using Scott's fictions to explain and explore the state of contemporary theory.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
Chapter 1 Subjectivity or Waverley and Ivanhoe with Žižek
11
Chapter 2 Historicity or The Antiquary and Redgauntlet with Koselleck and DeLanda
33
Chapter 3 Hybridity and performativity or Rob Roy and The Talisman with Bhabha and Butler
57
Chapter 4 Governmentality or The Heart of MidLothian and Quentin Durward with Foucault and Agamben
75
Chapter 5 Hospitality and community or The Bride of Lammermoor and Chronicles of the Canongate with Habermas Derrida and a multitude of theo...
97
Conclusion
123
Notes
135
Bibliography
169
Index
185
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Evan Gottlieb is Associate Professor of English at Oregon State University, USA.

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