This chapter reviews some aspects of Scott's fiction, specifically its historical perspective and accuracy, and discusses the concept of the romance of disinterested virtue, as well as Scott's representations of the triumph of virtue. It then identifies certain developments in nineteenth-century culture that affected Scott's romance fiction, and ends by determining that Scott's contradictory historical romance should be more of a complicated response to uncertain times instead of a retreat into nostalgia.
Edinburgh Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.
If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.
To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs, and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us.