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Legitimate Histories: Scott, Gothic, and the Authorities of Fiction

Fiona Robertson


This book is an innovative reading of Walter Scott's Waverley Novels in the context of 18th- and 19th-century Gothic. Most critics have treated these two forms of historical narrative as though they were completely unrelated, but this detailed study places Scott's work in the context of Gothic fictions from Walpole to Maturin. In so doing, the author highlights their shared techniques of narrative deferral, fantasies of origin and originality, and strategies of authenticity and authority. The book takes in the whole range of Waverley Novels, and includes analyses of such neglected works as The ... More

Keywords: Walter Scott, Waverley Novels, Gothic fiction, historical narrative, Romanticism, criticism, The Fortunes of Nigel, Peveril of the Peak, Woodstock, Rob Roy

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1994 Print ISBN-13: 9780198112242
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198112242.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Fiona Robertson, author
University of Durham