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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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‘Narrative Continued’:Redgauntlet and Chronicles of the Canongate

‘Narrative Continued’:Redgauntlet and Chronicles of the Canongate

(p.166) Chapter 5 ‘Narrative Continued’:Redgauntlet and Chronicles of the Canongate
Walter Scott and the Limits of Language

Alison Lumsden

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter takes a look at the extent to which Scott goes beyond the aesthetic ‘exhaustion’ of the early 1820s in texts such as Chronicles of the Canongate and Redgauntlet. This presents fictions that form new relationships with language and study the need to proceed in the face of the broken and problematic nature of all human communication. This chapter describes Redgauntlet as one of Scott's most popular fictions and his most autobiographical, while Chronicles of the Canongate is his first work of fiction to be published where his authorship was apparent.

Keywords:   aesthetic exhaustion, Redgauntlet, Chronicles of the Canongate, human communication, authorship, autobiographical

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