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Walter Scott and Modernity$
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Andrew Lincoln

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780748626069

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748626069.001.0001

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(p.1) Chapter 1 Introduction
Walter Scott and Modernity

Andrew Lincoln

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter introduces Walter Scott and the links between sudden political change and ideas of modernisation, liberalisation and civilisation, looking first at the issues of modernisation that emerged during and after the French Revolution. It reveals that the historical and social vision of Scott's fiction was shaped by Tory scepticism, not Tory loyalism. The chapter then studies the process of disembedding, which is influenced by Scott's Scottish identity and paternalism, and shows how he includes established social values in his fiction, along with conventional gestures and patterns of romance. It also considers the inclusive nature of Scott's historical fiction.

Keywords:   Walter Scott, modernisation, political change, French Revolution, Tory scepticism, disembedding, Scottish identity, social values, inclusive nature, historical fiction

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