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The Afterlives of Walter Scott: Memory on the Move

Ann Rigney


Using street-names referring to Waverley and Abbotsford as a starting point, this book explains how the work of Walter Scott (1771-1832) became an all-pervasive point of reference for cultural memory and collective identity in the nineteenth century, and why he no longer has this role. It breaks new ground in memory studies and the study of literary reception by examining the dynamics of cultural memory and the ‘social life’ of literary texts across several generations and multiple media. Attention is paid to the remediation of the Waverley novels as they travelled into painting, the theatre, ... More

Keywords: Walter Scott, cultural memory, nineteenth century, literary reception, remediation, collective identity, modernization, social life of texts, transnationality, English-speaking world

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780199644018
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199644018.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Ann Rigney, author
Professor of Comparative Literature, Utrecht University