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Articles and Chapters on Sir Walter Scott Published in 2013

An Annotated Bibliography

Andrews, Silverstone. 'Walter Scott', in Biography of World Great Poets (New Delhi: Cyber Tech Publications, 2013), pp.87-95.

Bohls, Elizabeth A. 'Scottish Romantic Literature and Postcolonial Studies', in Romantic Literature and Postcolonial studies (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2013), pp.88-126.

Includes discussions of Waverley and 'The Surgeon's Daughter' in the contexts of internal colonialism and Scotland's contribution to the Empire respectively.

Buck, Michael, and Peter Garside. 'Early Planning at Abbotsford, 1811-12: Walter Scott, William Stark and the Cottage that Never Was', Architectural Heritage, 24 (2013), 41-65.

The complexity of Abbotsford's development has left open important questions about its history. Previous studies have posited a slow evolution from the original farmhouse to the completion of the main structure in 1825. What has now become more clearly visible, however, is that for at least the first year after purchasing the property in June 1811, Scott aimed to build on fresh ground immediately adjacent to the Tweed, according to plans commissioned from the eminent Glasgow architect William Stark. Using a range of archival material – some newly discovered – this paper traces Scott's plan to build his ‘cottage’ by the Tweed, from the inception of the scheme in summer 1811 until its effectual abandonment after 1812.

Burstein, Miriam Elizabeth. 'Scott's Reformations', in Victorian Reformations: Historical Fiction and Religious Controversy, 1820-1900 (South Bend, IN: University of Notre Dame Press, 2013), pp. 23-52.

Discusses The Monastery and The Abbot.

Carman, Colin. 'Deficiencies: Mental Disability and the Imagination in Scott's Waverley Novels', Studies in Scottish Literature, 39 (2013), 138-60 <> [accessed 10 September 2013]

Argues that Walter Scott's novels, especially Waverley and The Heart of Mid-Lothian, represent a shift in Anglo-scottish attitudes towards the mentally ill, and that mental disability, operating in Scott's novels under the guises of idiocy and insanity, was integral to Scott’s articulations of the romantic imagination.

Connell, Liam. 'Kailyard Money: Nation, Empire, and Speculation in Walter Scott's Letters from Malachi Malagrowther', in Within and without Empire: Scotland across the (Post)Colonial Borderline (Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2013), pp. 94-107.

Cook, Daniel. 'Publishing Posthumous Swift: Deane Swift to Walter Scott', in Jonathan Swift and the Eighteenth-Century Book, ed. Paddy Bullard and James McLaverty (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2013), pp. 214-30.

Cuddy, Elizabeth M. 'Salvaging Wreckers: Sir Walter Scott, The Pirate, and Morality at Sea', Studies in English Literature 1500-1900, 53 (2013), 793-807.

This essay examines Scott’s use of wreckers and wrecking culture in The Pirate. Scott prompts his audience to reconsider the standards by which wreckers’ behavior has been traditionally judged. Urging his readers to look beyond stereotypical renderings of criminality and morality associated with the sea, Scott offers an honest—if ambiguous—commemoration of wreckers and British wrecking culture at its height, even as this culture faded away over the course of the nineteenth centuryparis

D'Arcens, Louise, and Chris Jones. 'Excavating the Borders of Literary Anglo-Saxonism in Nineteenth-Century Britain and Australia', Representations, 121 (2013), 85-106.

A comparison of nineteenth-century British and Australian Anglo-Saxonist literature which includes a discussion of Ivanhoe. Argues that the comparison enables a 'decentred' exploration of Anglo-Saxonism’s intersections with national, imperial, and colonial discourses, challenging assumptions that this discourse was an uncritical vehicle of English nationalism and British manifest destiny. Far from reflecting a stable imperial centre, evocations of “ancient Englishness” in British literature were polyvalent and self-contesting.

Davison, Carol Margaret. 'Gothic Scotland/Scottish Gothic: Sir Walter Scott’s Waverley as Cultural Battlefield', in Scotland's Cultural Identity and Standing, ed. Klaus Peter Müller, Bernhard Reitz, and Sigrid Rieuwerts (Trier: WVT Wissenschaftlicher Verlag Trier, 2013), pp. 173-82.

Dick, Alexander. 'Scott, Speculation, and the Crisis of 1825', in Romanticism and the Gold Standard: Money, Literature, and Economic Debate in Britain 1790-1830 (Basingstoke; New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2013), pp. 175-85.

Reads Scott’s Letters of Malachi Malagrowther and Chronicles of the Canongate as ‘speculative’ responses to the financial crisis of 1825. An earlier version appeared in Romantic Circles: Praxis Series, Feb. 2012.

Duncan, Ian. 'Death and the Author', in Taking Liberties with the Author: Selected Essays from the English Institute, ed. Meredith L. McGill (Cambridge, MA: English Institute/ACLS Humanities E-Books, 2013) <> [accessed 17 July 2013]

Discusses Scott's representations of his authorship, with a particular focus on the late (post-Crash) novels, especially Castle Dangerous.

Ferris, Ina. '"Before Our Eyes": Romantic Historical Fiction and the Apparitions of Reading', Representations, 121 (2013), 60-84.

This essay reads Scott's historical fiction in conjunction with the medical apparition discourse that flourished in the early nineteenth century. It argues that the tactics of the historical novel in this period are best understood through an 'apparitional poetics' that attempts to solve the problem of the historical image.

Garside, Peter. 'Print Illustrations and the Cultural Materialism of Scott's Waverley Novels', in British Literature and Print Culture, ed. Sandro Jung (Cambridge: D. S. Brewer, 2013), pp. 125-57.

Hill, Richard J. ‘Walter Scott and James Skene: A Creative Friendship’, Romantic Textualities: Literature and Print Culture, 1780–1840, 21 (2013) <> [accessed 28 April 2015]

Contends that James Skene, Scott’s amateur-artist friend, was used as a visual research assistant for many scenes contained within the Waverley novels. His sketches were used as aides-memoire, visual references or even inspirations to Scott’s literary imagination for many descriptive topographical or architectural passages within his novels. Through close readings of the novels, Scott’s correspondence and Skene’s own memoir, Hill establishes that Skene contributed significant visual stimuli for a number of Scott’s works.

Hughes, Gillian. 'The Afterglow of Abbotsford', in John Macrone, The Life of Sir Walter Scott, ed. Daniel Grader (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2013), pp. 49-62.

Provides a detailed account of the life and career of Scott biographer John Macrone based largely on uncollected or unpublished materials.

Jiménez Heffernan, Julián. '"Under the force of the law": Communal Imagination and the Constitutional Sublime in Walter Scott’s The Bride of Lammermoor” in Liminal Discourses: Subliminal Tensions in Law and Literature, ed. Jeanne Gaakeer and Daniela Carpi (Berlin; New York: De Gruyter, 2013), pp. 73-94.

Kane, Ian D. 'Sir Walter Scott and John Clare: An Unpublished Letter', Studies in Scottish Literature, 39 (2013), 231-36 <> [accessed 10 September 2013]

Reports an autograph letter written by Scott, now in the G. Ross Roy Collection at the University of South Carolina, dated May 31, 1820, and sent to Captain Markham Shirwill, responding to Shirwill's request that Scott foster Clare's writing career. Along with a transcription and illustration of the letter, the note discusses what was previously known about this incident and its context based on the letters of Clare.

Lumsden, Alison. 'Textual Messages: Scholarly Editions and their Role in Literary Criticism', Studies in Scottish Literature, 39 (2013), 15-21 <> [accessed 10 September 2013]

Discusses the editing of Scottish literary texts, including the Edinburgh Edition of the Waverley Novels, and argues that textual investigation is not simply technical and preliminary but an integral part of literary criticism.

Manderson, David. 'Wattie Goes to Hollwood: Scott, Scotland, and Film', The Bottle Imp, 13 (2013) <> [accessed 14 May 2013]

McLane, Maureen N. 'Body, Number, Rank, Measure: Romantic Reckonings', Romantic Circles: Praxis Series, Apr. 2013 (Romantic Numbers, ed. Maureen N. McLane) <> [accessed 13 May 2013]

Afterword including a response to John Savarese's essay 'Lyric Mindedness and the "Automaton Poet"'.

McLane, Maureen N. 'Emergent Complexity and "The The": Making Romanticism Count', Romantic Circles: Praxis Series, Apr. 2013 (Romantic Numbers, ed. Maureen N. McLane) <> [accessed 13 May 2013]

Afterword including a response to Matthew F. Wickman's essay 'Of Tangled Webs and Busted Sets: Tropologies of Number and Shape in the Fiction of John Galt'.

Oliver, Susan. 'Sir Walter Scott’s Transatlantic Ecology', Wordsworth Circle, 44.2/3 (2013), 115-20.

On Scott's engagement with human migration and the timber trade between Scotland and the British Crown Canadian Colonies in the early 19th century.

Rezek, Joseph. 'Furious Booksellers: The “American Copy” of the Waverley Novels and the Language of the Book Trade', Early American Studies, 11 (2013), 557-82.

This essay charts how Mathew Carey and his son Henry became Scott’s most important American publishers by establishing a direct agreement with his Edinburgh publisher, Archibald Constable, to purchase advance sheets of the novels before official publication. It demonstrates thatthe trans-Atlantic publication of Scott was a heated emotional business full of misunderstandings between booksellers and startling anomalies in the printing process itself. It argues finally that the language of the book trade must be closely analyzed to understand the challenges of provincial publishing in the period.

Richards, David. '"Injured by Time and Defeated by Violence": Prospects of Loch Tay', in Within and without Empire: Scotland across the (Post)Colonial Borderline (Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2013), pp. 14-29.

Discusses Waverley in relation to Empire and constructions of both Britishness and Scottishness.

Rieuwerts, Sigrid. '"We are all becoming Scotish again": (Cultural) Nationalism and Sir Walter Scott’s Minstrelsy of the Scottish Border', in Scotland's Cultural Identity and Standing, ed. Klaus Peter Müller, Bernhard Reitz, and Sigrid Rieuwerts (Trier: WVT Wissenschaftlicher Verlag Trier, 2013), pp. 125-38.

Robertson, Fiona. 'Disfigurement and Disability: Walter Scott’s Bodies', Otranto, 003 (2013) <> [accessed 16 July 2014]

This essay considers conflicts of corporeality in Scott’s works, critical reception, and cultural status, drawing on recent scholarship on the physical in the Romantic Period and on considerations of disability in modern and contemporary poetics. It offers new directions in interpretation by opening up several distinct, though interrelated, aspects of the corporeal in Scott. It seeks to demonstrate how many areas of Scott’s writing – in poetry and prose, and in autobiography – and of Scott’s critical and cultural standing, from Lockhart’s biography to the custodianship of his library at Abbotsford, bear testimony to a legacy of disfigurement and substitution.

Savarese, John. 'Lyric Mindedness and the "Automaton Poet"', Romantic Circles: Praxis Series, Apr. 2013 (Romantic Numbers, ed. Maureen N. McLane) <> [accessed 13 May 2013]

Argues that with the 'idiot minstrel' Davie Gellatley in Waverley, Scott toys with the notion of reducing lyric expressivity to the brute elements of memorization and counting time. He thus raises the spectre of the ‘automaton poet’ that Coleridge had sought to exorcise in Confessions of an Inquiring Spirit. Savarese argues that Scott draws on contemporary Scottish science and philosophy to present a materialist yet non-mechanistic model of the mind.

Shanahan, Jim. 'The "Losing Side Ever": Charles Lever, Walter Scott, and the Irish National Tale', in Romantic Ireland from Tone to Gonne: Fresh Perspectives on Nineteenth-Century Ireland, ed. Paddy Lyons, John Miller and Willy Maley (Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2013), pp. 298-309.

Examines how Irish novelist Charles Lever (1806-1872), at his peak as popular as Dickens, engaged with the forms of the Irish 'National Tale' and the historical novels of Scott. Studying two of Lever's least-known but most significant novels, The O'Donoghue (1845) and Maurice Tiernay (1852), Jim Shanahan shows that Lever rejects Scott's thesis of compromise, process, and progress by demonstrating the ineffectiveness of the 'Scottian' characters in each novel.

Signaroli, Simone. 'L’impiego di documenti d’archivio nei romanzi di Walter Scott: alcuni esempi scozzesi', Il mondo degli archivi, 8 September 2013 <> [accessed 10 September 2013]

Italian-language article on the use of real or fictional archival documents in The Bride of Lammermoor, Old Mortality, The Antiquary, and Waverley.

Wickman, Matthew F. 'Of Tangled Webs and Busted Sets: Tropologies of Number and Shape in the Fiction of John Galt', Romantic Circles: Praxis Series, Apr. 2013 (Romantic Numbers, ed. Maureen N. McLane) <> [accessed 13 May 2013]

Reads Galt's The Annals of the Parish as a response to Scott's Waverley. Argues that in Waverley national culture is the effect of narrative closure, the product of a classical equation in which 1 + 1 = 1: Edward Waverley plus Rose Bradwardine -- two characters -- equals one estate; England plus Scotland -- two nations -- equals one Britain. Galt, however, complicates this equation by adding narrative elements that, in great webs of narrative reciprocities, never wholly resolve themselves into one.

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