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Possible ScotlandsWalter Scott and the Story of Tomorrow$
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Caroline McCracken-Flesher

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780195169676

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195169676.001.0001

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Performing Other/Wise

Performing Other/Wise

The Talisman and Woodstock

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(p.114) 4 Performing Other/Wise
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Possible Scotlands
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Caroline McCracken-Flesher (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195169676.003.0004

Scott wonders whether playing through literary and financial markets reveals that value is contingent and inevitably means devaluation for Scotland. In The Talisman, he allies the Scot with his racial other, and suggests that otherness perhaps should be embraced for the invisibility of the other offers an opportunity stealthily to rework the self and the dominant English culture — otherness may allow agency. In Woodstock, however, Scott considers the negative possiblity that value can never be fixed because everything is performance: when everyone is a performer (including the king), national politics is a self-reflexive farce.

Keywords:   value, contingent, devaluation, other, racial, agency, performance, farce

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