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Walter Scott and the limits of language

Walter Scott and the limits of language

Lumsden, Alison

This text draws on Alison Lumsden's experience to suggest a reading of Scott that highlights his startlingly contemporary approach to theories of language and the creative implications of this within his work. Scott's startlingly contemporary approach to theories of language and the creative impact of this on his work are explored in this new study. Alison Lumsden examines the linguistic diversity and creative playfulness of Scott's fiction and suggests that an evolving scepticism towards the communicative capacities of language runs throughout his writing. Lumsden re-examines this scepticism in relation to Scottish Enlightenment thought and recent developments in theories of the novel. Structured chronologically, the book covers Scott's output from his early narrative poems until the late, and only recently published, Reliquiae TrotcosiensesKey Features*Grounded in the scholarship of the Edinburgh Edition of the Waverley Novels*Covers the well-known as well as often neglected poetry and late fiction*Demonstrates Scott's pivotal role in the development of the novel form*Provides a thoroughly modern approach to Scott

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Published Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, c2010
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Statement of responsibility: Alison Lumsden
ISBN: 0748644679, 9780748644674
Note: Includes bibliographical references and index.
Physical Description: viii, 248 p.
Subject: Literary studies: c 1800 to c 1900; Literary studies: fiction, novelists & prose writers; Literature.; English; Ireland; Scott, Walter, 1771-1832 Criticism and interpretation.; Scott, Walter, 1771-1832 Literary style.; Literature: history & criticism; United Kingdom, Great Britain
Reproduction: Electronic reproduction. Askews and Holts. Mode of access: World Wide Web.
Other formats: Also available in printed form ISBN 9780748641536