Walter Scott and Modernity by Andrew Lincoln

By Andrew Lincoln

Walter Scott and Modernity argues that, faraway from turning clear of modernity to indulge a nostalgic imaginative and prescient of the earlier, Scott makes use of the previous as technique of exploring key difficulties within the glossy world.This examine comprises severe introductions to a couple of the main greatly learn poems released in nineteenth-century Britain (which also are the main scandalously neglected), and insights into the narrative concepts and ideological pursuits of a few of Scott's maximum novels. It explores the impression of the French revolution on attitudes to culture, nationwide background, old swap and modernity within the romantic interval, considers how the event of empire encouraged rules approximately civilized identification, and the way principles of development should be used either to rationalise the violence of empire and to counteract calls for for political reform. It additionally indicates how present problems with debate - from kinfolk among Western and Islamic cultures, to the political importance of the non-public judgment of right and wrong in a liberal society - are

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Wealth of Nations, I, p. 437. 15. Forbes, Hume’s Philosophical Politics, p. 154. 16. Hume, A Treatise of Human Nature: Books Two and Three, p. 284. 17. Hume, ‘Of Refinement in the Arts’, Essays Moral, Political and Literary, pp. 272, 271. 18. Hume, A Treatise of Human Nature: Books Two and Three, pp. 288, 290, 284, 289. 19. See Dwyer, ‘Enlightened spectators and classical moralists’. 20. See Sher, Church and University in the Scottish Enlightenment, pp. 187–8. Introduction 27 21. Dickinson, ‘Popular conservatism’, pp.

98. 99. 100. 101. 102. 103. 104. 29 English history, and would find the ’45 rebellion summarised as a twentyfour page digression within a crowded record of the War of the Austrian Succession. Roper, ‘Walter Scott and history’, p. 229; Manning, ‘Antiquarianism’, disciplinarity’, p. 68. See Le Goff, History and Memory. Connerton, How Societies Remember, pp. 20–1. The antiquarian Joseph Ritson, for example, noted that ‘The insurrections of 1715 and 1745 seem to have inspired all the pipers in Scotland, having given rise to almost as many tunes as would fill a volume’, Scottish Songs in Two Volumes, I, p.

410. Stallybrass and White, Politics and Poetics, p. 105. Scott, ‘Life of John Dryden’, p. ’, p. 169. Fabricant, Swift’s Landscape, p. 17. ’, p. 163. Trumpener, Bardic Nationalism, p. 48. McKeon, Origins of the English Novel, pp. 338–56; Chase, ‘Walter Scott’, p. 110. Coleridge, Biographia Literaria, p. 54. Barrell and Guest, ‘On the uses of contradiction’, p. 126. Chase, ‘Walter Scott’, p. 101. Scott, ‘Essay on Romance’, p. 554. Phillips, Society and Sentiment, p. 106. See Gibbon, History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, conclusion of ch.

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