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Walter Scott and the Limits of Language$
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Alison Lumsden

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780748641536

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748641536.001.0001

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‘Last Confessions and Dying Words’:

‘Last Confessions and Dying Words’:

The Heart of Mid-Lothian

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(p.101) Chapter 3 ‘Last Confessions and Dying Words’:
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Walter Scott and the Limits of Language
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Alison Lumsden

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Edinburgh University Press
DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748641536.003.0014

This chapter discusses The Heart of Mid-Lothian, which is unlike Scott's earlier fiction, in the sense that it is less concerned with the recovery of the past. This fiction deals with no major historical event and provides a carefully controlled time scheme. This discussion states that The Heart of Mid-Lothian is not a conventional historical novel, but neither does it plainly take the question of personal growth and recovery of identity as its main subject matter. The chapter also takes a look at the different forms of discourse that are embedded within the novel.

Keywords:   The Heart of Mid-Lothian, recovery of the past, historical event, time scheme, historical novel, personal growth, recovery of identity, forms of discourse

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