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The Afterlives of Walter ScottMemory on the Move$
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Ann Rigney

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199644018

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199644018.001.0001

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Commemorating Scott: ‘That Imperial Man’

Commemorating Scott: ‘That Imperial Man’

(p.158) 6 Commemorating Scott: ‘That Imperial Man’
The Afterlives of Walter Scott

Ann Rigney

Oxford University Press

Chapter 6 concentrates on public recollections of Scott the author. It begins with an analysis of the strategies Scott used to brand himself as the ‘author of Waverley’, and then goes on to give an account of key public commemorations of his memory: his funeral in 1832, the erection of the enormous Edinburgh monument 1840–6, and the lavish centenary celebrations of 1871, which is placed within a broader framework of the nineteenth-century cult of centenaries and the role of literary canons. An analysis is given of these performances of memory that highlights their role in creating embodied communities in conjunction with various ‘imagined communities’. The centenary of 1871 in particular showed how ‘Scott’ as memory site had become a transnational point of reference which different parties used to stake out their position and articulate their identity within the Empire and the imagined confederation of the English-speaking world.

Keywords:   Scott monument, branding, literary canon, performances of memory, commemorations, centenaries, imagined communities, transnational reception, English-speaking world, Empire

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