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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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Towards the Modern Nation

Towards the Modern Nation

The Lay of the Last Minstrel, Marmion, The Lady of the Lake, and Waverley

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(p.30) Chapter 2 Towards the Modern Nation
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Walter Scott and Modernity
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Andrew Lincoln

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Edinburgh University Press
DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748626069.003.0002

This chapter examines how the understanding of the writer's role as an agent of national reconciliation takes shape in Scott's first three poetic romances and in his first novel. It shows that Scott's poems define feudal independence in opposition to modern sensitivities, law and centralised power, and also directly addresses the contrast between feudal allegiance and state authority. The chapter furthermore determines that Waverley is situated in the modern writing scene, where readers rely on the characters' recollections in order to gain more information about the past.

Keywords:   national reconciliation, feudal independence, feudal allegiance, state authority, modern sensitivities, modern writing scene

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