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Articles and Chapters on Sir Walter Scott Published in 2014

An Annotated Bibliography

Artemyeva, Tatiana V., and Mikhail I. Mikeshin. ‘The Idea of History in Russia and Walter Scott's Historical Narratives’, Collegium: Studies across Disciplines in the Humanities and Social Sciences, 16 (2014), 184–205.

Bartley, William. 'Mad Men, the Historical Novel, and Social Change', Cineaction, 94 (2014), 12-21

Includes a comparative study of the Waverley Novels, George Eliot's Middlemarch and the TV series Mad Men.

Bujak, Nick. ‘Form and Generic Interrelation in the Romantic Period: Walter Scott’s Poetic Influence on Jane Austen’, Narrative, 22 (2014), 45-67.

Cabajsky, Andrea. 'Lady Audley’s Secret versus The Abbot: Reconsidering the Form of Canadian Historical Fiction through the Content of Library Catalogues ', in Home Ground and Foreign Territory: Essays on Early Canadian Literature, ed. Janice Fiamengo (Ottawa: University of Ottawa Press, 2014), pp. 89-113.

Campbell, Ian. 'Scott, the Carlyles, and Border Minstrelsy', Carlyle Studies Annual, 30 (2014), 115-32.

Campbell, Timothy. 'Pennant's Guillotine and Scott's Antiquary: The Romantic End of the Present', Romantic Circles: Praxis Series, June 2014 (Romantic Antiquarianism, ed. Noah Heringman and Crystal B. Lake) <> [accessed 8 August 2016]

Campbell traces the peculiar re-circulations of Thomas Pennant's 1770s antiquarian description of an archaic Scottish proto-guillotine which led to the belief than Pennant’s antiquarian labors had brought the modern, French guillotine to life. Campbell then turns to Scott’s The Antiquary, where a prominent and simultaneous address of antiquarian fragments and fashionable dress aimed to mitigate precisely the kind of dangers on view in Pennant's unwitting resurrection of the guillotine.

Chyk, Denys. 'Mykhailo Charnyshenko, ili, Malorossiya vosem'desyat let nazad P. Kulisha i romany V. Skotta: problemy retseptyvnoyi i komparatyvnoyi poetyky', Visnyk Zaporiz’kogo nacional’nogo universytetu: Filologichni nauky, 2 (2014), 266-75.

Ukrainian-language article comparing the poetics of Panteleimon Kulish's novel Mykhailo Charnyshenko, ili, Malorossiya vosem'desyat let nazad (1843) and the historical novels of Scott, in particular Waverley, The Antiquary, and Rob Roy.

Emberson, Ian M. 'Mr Lockwood and Mr Latimer: Wuthering Heights and the Ghost of Redgauntlet', Brontë Studies, 39 (2014), 232-38.

This article stresses the paramount importance of Scott’s novels to the Brontë family. It goes on to consider the resemblances between the opening scenes of Scott’s Redgauntlet and of Emily Brontë’s Wuthering Heights, noting in particular the way in which the characters can be matched up with each other. Finally, it is argued that these opening scenes show a similar combination of humour and mystery.

Ewers, Chris. 'Roads as Regions, Networks and Flows: Waverley and the "Periphery" of Romance', Journal for Eighteenth-Century Studies, 37 (2014), 97-112.

Waverley has long been regarded as the originator of the historical novel, and much critical interest in the text centres on the way it presents ‘history’. This privileging of the temporal has obscured what is perhaps an even greater achievement by Scott: the complex way in which he handles ‘space’. This article examines the way roads have been described in terms of regions or networks in the novel but adds a third spatial model, fluidity, which has important consequences for how Waverley has been read, especially in terms of the ‘periphery’ of romance and its separation from ‘history’.

Fielding, Penny. 'Black Books: Circulation, Sedition and The Lay of the Last Minstrel', ELH, 81 (2014), 197-223.

This article identifies the book of spells as a key figure in Scottish Romanticism that links Walter Scott's early poetry to the politics of reading. Tracing the trope of the book as both discursive text and magical object through protests against military conscription, the trial of Thomas Muir for sedition, and Scott's narrative poem The Lay of the Last Minstrel, it situates the text between the political violence of the 1790s and the establishing of a new literary culture in early 19th-century Edinburgh. Scott's poem both enters and resists this new republic of letters, allowing it to be invaded by forms of radical reading from the previous decade. The magic book of the poem, with its inherent power and mysterious circulation, recalls the function of Thomas Paine's Rights of Man in the prosecution of Muir, and the use of books as political symbols in the militia protests.

García Díaz, Enrique. ‘An Overview of Justice in Sir Walter Scott Waverley Novels: The Heart of Mid-Lothian’, Oñati Socio-Legal Series, 4 (2014), 1167-72 <> [accessed 30 April 2015]

Gifford, Douglas. ‘Scott’s Legacy to Scottish Historical Fiction’, The Bottle Imp, 16 (2014) <> [accessed 30 April 2014]

Proposes, firstly, that Scott’s Scottish historical novels, despite their customary fortunate endings for their privileged fictitious protagonists, are in the end more often than not about how history defeats their principal non-fictitious protagonists. Then explores how the influence of Scott’s novels about a recurrently divided Scotland led to an impressive, though neglected, post-Scott school of Scottish fiction, a tradition which includes Stevenson, Neil Munro, S. R. Crockett, John Buchan, Violet Jacob, and Naomi Mitchison. (Part of a special Scott issue of The Bottle Imp; see also Irvine 2014, Lumsden 2014, McCracken-Flesher 2014, Oliver 2014, and Tulloch 2014a below.)

Gottlieb, Evan. 'The Clash of Civilizations and its Discontents: Byron, Scott, and the East', in Romantic Globalism: British Literature and Modern World Order, 1750-1830 (Columbus, OH: University of Ohio Press, 2014), pp. 95-120.

Discusses Ivanhoe and The Talisman.

Gottlieb, Evan. 'Fighting Words: British Poetry and the Napoleonic Wars', in Romantic Globalism: British Literature and Modern World Order, 1750-1830 (Columbus, OH: University of Ohio Press, 2014), pp. 68-94.

Discusses, in particular, The Vision of Don Roderick and The Field of Waterloo.

Gottlieb, Evan. 'Modern Sovereignty and Global Hospitality in Scott's European Waverley Novels', in Romantic Globalism: British Literature and Modern World Order, 1750-1830 (Columbus, OH: University of Ohio Press, 2014), pp. 121-46.

Discusses, in particular, Anne of Geierstein and Quentin Durward.

Groote, Brecht de, and Tom Toremans. 'From Alexis to Scott and De Quincey: Walladmor and the Irony of Pseudotranslation', Essays in Romanticism, 21 (2014), 107-23.

Charts reactions to Walladmor (1823-24), Willibald Alexis's German pseudotranslation of Walter Scott , in the periodical press as well as in the work of Scott and Thomas De Quincey. Argues that Alexis ironically incorporates his pseudotranslational labour in his paratexts and narratives so as to disrupt the supposedly unidirectional and derivative nature of translation, thereby both continuing Scott's aesthetic innovations and exploiting them for new uses. While Scott and De Quincey both appear to respond to Walladmor by re-inscribing the novel into a traditional aesthetic, they actually continue and push forward Alexis's ironical gestures, establishing a perpetual movement of pseudotranslation, with permanent possibilities for destabilising the opposition between the Romantic ideal of organic, original, artistic creation, and the modern reality of mechanical and commercial production.

Inglis, Katherine. 'Blood and the Revenant in Walter Scott's Fair Maid of Perth', in Scottish Medicine and Literary Culture, 1726-1832, ed. Megan J. Coyer and David E. Shuttleton (Amstersam; New York: Rodopi, 2014), pp. 196-215.

Discusses The Fair Maid of Perth in the light of James Blundell's experiments with blood transfusion and resuscitation.

Irvine, Robert. ‘Reading Waverley in 2014’, The Bottle Imp, 16 (2014) <> [accessed 30 April 2014]

Discusses the influence of Maria Edgeworth and Lady Morgan on Scott's Waverley, and discusses the subsequent impact of the cultural nationalism emboded in the national tale and the historical novel in Ireland and Scotland respectively. (Part of a special Scott issue of The Bottle Imp; see also Gifford 2014, Lumsden 2014, McCracken-Flesher 2014, Oliver 2014, and Tulloch 2014a.)

Jarrells, Anthony. '"We have never been national": Regionalism, Romance, and the Global in Walter Scott’s Waverley Novels', in Global Romanticism: Origins, Orientations, and Engagements, 1760-1820, ed. Evan Gottlieb (Lewisburg, PA: Bucknell University Press, 2014), pp. 109-127.

Lau, Beth . 'Authorial Anonymity and Intertextuality: Scott’s The Lay of the Last Minstrel, Coleridge, and Keats', Studies in Scottish Literature, 40 (2014), 116-33.

Explores the relationship between Scott's use of distancing devices in The Lay of the Last Minstrel and the use of anonymity in his fiction, and exanubes the intertextual links between his poem and other poems of the Romantic era.

Levy, Lindsay. 'Magic, Mind Control, and the Body Electric: “Materia Medica” in Sir Walter Scott’s Library at Abbotsford', in Scottish Medicine and Literary Culture, 1726-1832, ed. Megan J. Coyer and David E. Shuttleton (Amstersam; New York: Rodopi, 2014), pp. 216-39.

On Scott's collection of medical literature, with particular reference to his interest in early sexologist James Graham (1745-94).

Levy, Lindsay. 'A Note on Walter Scott and Irish Literature', Scottish Literary Review, 6:1 (2014), 91-93.

The 18th-century Irish poet Charles Henry Wilson is little known, but in 1782 he produced the first printed translation from Irish to English, Poems Translated from the Irish Language into the English. Walter Scott's extensive collection of rare and curious Irish material has received little scholarly attention to date, but it contains one of the only two surviving copies of this work.

Lumsden, Alison.Waverley, Adaptation, and the University of Aberdeen Bernard C. Lloyd Collection of Scott Materials’, The Bottle Imp, 16 (2014) <> [accessed 30 April 2014]

Examines three adaptations of Waverley in Aberdeen University's Bernard C. Lloyd Collection, asking why the novel was so ripe for adaptation and how such adaptations have helped shape and re-shape modern perceptions of it. (Part of a special Scott issue of The Bottle Imp; see also Gifford 2014, Irvine 2014, McCracken-Flesher 2014, Oliver 2014, and Tulloch 2014a.)

Lynch, Andrew. '"Simply to amuse the reader": The Humor of Walter Scott’s Reformation', postmedieval, 5 (2014), 169-83.

Two linked medievalist novels, The Monastery and The Abbot, approach the sacred subject of Scottish Reformation with a humour that challenges the standard popular treatment by John Knox. Reworking the comic strategies of narrative framing, perspective and parallelism used earlier in Waverley and The Antiquary, Scott ‘amuses’ (distracts/diverts) readers from the search for a single ‘truth voice’ in the history of the Reformation. Rather, he offers a comic perception of the self-interest, partiality and reductionism in both confessional and antiquarian responses, so making room for multiple and conflicted connections with the medieval Scottish past.

McCracken-Flesher, Caroline. ‘Future Scotts: The Aliens Have Landed’, The Bottle Imp, 16 (2014) <> [accessed 30 April 2014]

Suggests that the roots of science fiction, or, at least, a precursor for alien encounter narrative can be traced in Scott, suggesting that his legacy can be seen in Jules Verne, Naomi Mitchison, Ian M. Banks, and Ken MacLeod. (Part of a special Scott issue of The Bottle Imp; see also Gifford 2014, Irvine 2014, Lumsden 2014, Oliver 2014, and Tulloch 2014a.)

Macrae, Lucy. 'Local Explanations: Editing a Sense of Place in Walter Scott’s Minstrelsy of the Scottish Border', Forum, Special Issue 03 (2014) <> [accessed 15 July 2014]

Examines Scott’s engagement with concepts of place and regionality in Minstrelsy of the Scottish Border, revealing ways in which, as an editor, herepresented and re-imagined the ballads, their associated sense of place and their physical settings.

Melikoglu, Esra. 'Mansfield Park and The Lay of the Last Minstrel: Fanny's Re-Enactment of the Gothic Anti-Heroine Lady Branxholm's Gender Reversal', Nineteenth-Century Gender Studies, 10.3 (2014) <> [accessed 25 June 2019]

Michals, Teresa. ‘Rational Moralists, Highland Barbarians, and the Taste for Adventures’, in Books for Children, Books for Adults: Age and the Novel from Defoe to James (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2014), pp. 100-36.

Nagy, Ladislav. 'Historical Fiction as a Mixture of History and Romance: Towards the Genre Definition of the Historical Novel', Prague Journal of English Studies, 3 (2014), 7-17.

This article focuses on Waverley and its classification as the founding text of the historical novel by Georg Lukacs. The author attempts to show that Lukacs takes Scott too much at his word and posits Waverley in the tradition of the English historical novel as it developed from Defoe and Fielding, while neglecting the close ties that Waverley has with marginalized genres such as romance. The author also argues that rather than being an expression of class consciousness, Waverley is an attempt to justify a certain change in political attitude, from radicalism to conservatism.

Oliver, Susan. ‘Walter Scott and the Matter of Landscape: Ecologies of Violence for our Time’, The Bottle Imp, 16 (2014) <> [accessed 30 April 2014]

Argues that Scott’s engagement with soil as a key component of landscape in Old Mortality can help to reconcile his constructed, literary nation with what can be known about a real Scotland that had gone through social, political and environmental change. Asks whether the relationship between words and land in Scott’s ‘Covenanter’ tale – based as it was on events behind the cementing of the British Union – reveals anything significant about the implications of the word ‘country’. (Part of a special Scott issue of The Bottle Imp; see also Gifford 2014, Irvine 2014, Lumsden 2014, McCracken-Flesher 2014, and Tulloch 2014a.)

Rigney, Ann. 'Scott 1871: Celebration as Cultural Diplomacy', in Commemorating Writers in Nineteenth-Century Europe: Nation-Building and Centenary Fever, ed. Joep Leerssen and Ann Rigney (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2014), pp. 65-87.

Robertson, Fiona. 'Walter Scott and the American Historical Novel', in The Oxford History of the Novel in English. 5, American Novels to 1870, ed. J. Gerald Kennedy and Leland Person (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2014), pp. 107-23.

Discusses Scott's influence on novelists Lydia Maria Child, James Fenimore Cooper, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Catharine Maria Sedgwick, and William Gilmore Simms. Also considers Scott's own debt to Charles Brockden Brown.

Saglia, Diego. ‘Cosmopolitismo e narrazioni dell’identità nazionale in Jane Austen e Walter Scott’, in Le figure del cosmopolitismo nelle letterature europee (1700-1830), ed. Lucia Omacini and Paola Martinuzzi (Pisa: Pacini Editore, 2014), pp. 181-205.

Italian-language article on cosmopolitanism and narratives of national identity in Austen and Scott

Saglia, Diego. 'Romanzo storico, nazione e modernità: una lettura differenziale di Waverley di Walter Scott’, in Narrazioni egemoniche: Gramsci, letteratura e società civile, ed. Mauro Pala (Bologna: Il Mulino, 2014), pp. 179-97.

Italian-language article on Waverley, the historical novel, nation, and modernity.

Sheley, Erin L. 'Doubled Jeopardy: The Condemned Woman as Historical Relic', Law and Literature, 26 (2014), 211-30.

This article explores how Scott's condemned women serve as relics through which a history of evolving British legal authority becomes present and legible. It argues that Scott's treatment of gender aestheticizes a particular concept of and reaction to the condemned woman in the context of the common law tradition generally. Using the backdrop of 18th-century penal practice, it also shows how Scott establishes the female condemned body as an object necessarily fixed in time in order to contemplate legal change through a historically controlled process. The first part of the article considers the late 18th-century movement to abolish the punishment of burning at the stake for women convicted of treason, and the extent to which competing understandings of chivalry reified an entire history of penal practice into the body of the burned woman. The second part argues that the interrelations between archaic practice and evolved norm which characterize the precedent-based common law system are dramatized in the fixed, idealized bodies of Constance de Beverly (Marmion) and Rebecca (Ivanhoe) through which Scott acknowledges the implicit need for legal change over time, while simultaneously legitimizing adherence to a chivalric tradition. See also Sheley 2015.

Stapleton, Anne McKee. 'Choreographing Character, 1814-1815: The New Scottish Novels of Walter Scott and Christian Isobel Johnstone', in Pointed Encounters: Dance in Post-Culloden Scottish Literature (Amsterdam; New York: Rodopi, 2014)

Pagination unknown.

Stapleton, Anne McKee. 'Unauthorised Women in Scottish Novels, 1814-1824: Social Dance, Fictional Outings, and National Concerns ', in Pointed Encounters: Dance in Post-Culloden Scottish Literature (Amsterdam; New York: Rodopi, 2014)

Pagination unknown.

Tulloch, Graham. ‘Two Hundred Years of Waverley in Australia’, The Bottle Imp, 16 (2014) <> [accessed 30 April 2014]

Charts not only the reception of Waverley by an Australian readership but its inscription on the very landscape of Australia through the construction of no fewer than seventy-six places or buildings named after the novel. (Part of a special Scott issue of The Bottle Imp; see also Gifford 2014, Irvine 2014, Lumsden 2014, McCracken-Flesher 2014, and Oliver 2014.)

Tulloch, Graham. ‘Turning Points and Change: Scotland and Sicily, Scott and Lampedusa’, in Sicily and Scotland: Where Extremes Meet, ed. Graham Tulloch, Karen Agutter, and Luciana D'Arcangeli (Leicester: Troubador Publishing, 2014), pp. 44-59.

Volkova, Olga. 'On Scott's Russian Shadow: Historicity in The Bride of Lammermoor and Dead Souls', Studies in Romanticism, 53 (2014), 149-70.

On the influence of The Bride of Lammermoor on Gogol's Dead Souls.

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