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Walter Scott and the Limits of Language

Alison Lumsden


Walter Scott's startlingly contemporary approach to theories of language and the creative impact of this on his work are explored in this new study, which examines the linguistic diversity and creative playfulness of Scott's fiction, and suggests that an evolving scepticism towards the communicative capacities of language runs throughout his writing. The book re-examines this scepticism in relation to Scottish Enlightenment thought and recent developments in theories of the novel. Structured chronologically, the book covers Scott's output from his early narrative poems until the late, and only ... More

Keywords: Walter Scott, theories of language, linguistic diversity, creative playfulness, scepticism, communicative capacities of language, Scottish Enlightenment

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780748641536
Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: March 2012 DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748641536.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Alison Lumsden, author