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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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Liberal Dilemmas: Liberty or Alienation?

Liberal Dilemmas: Liberty or Alienation?

The Bride of Lammermoor and Redgauntlet

(p.188) Chapter 7 Liberal Dilemmas: Liberty or Alienation?
Walter Scott and Modernity

Andrew Lincoln

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter studies two novels that start to subtly expose the profoundly disruptive effects of the progress of modernity, showing that The Bride of Lammermoor presents some anxieties on the moral consequences of the rise of commerce and is a story of domestic tyranny. In Redgauntlet, Scott presents his own experience of modern Edinburgh, where the costs and benefits of modernisation can be explored in more detail.

Keywords:   modernity, disruptive effects, Bride of Lammermoor, moral consequences, rise of commerce, domestic tyranny, modern Edinburgh

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