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Possible Scotlands: Walter Scott and the Story of Tomorrow

Caroline McCracken-Flesher


Walter Scott is confined by his literary and political reputations. He is considered foundational to the novel, but categorized under history or romance, and thus set aside. In Scotland, on the grounds that he purveys a romanticized past, he is thought to have put the nation “outside of history.” This book applies postcolonial and nation theories, ideas of symbolic economies, and the economics of semiotics, to show Scott as an author who deconstructs the categories he invokes to allow for an activist literature. Scott tells not one tale of Scotland, but many; these are located in the past, but ... More

Keywords: Scottish Parliament, politics, novel, national tale, history, romance, nation, narration, postcolonial, economics

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2005 Print ISBN-13: 9780195169676
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195169676.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Caroline McCracken-Flesher, author
University of Wyoming
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