The Afterlives of Walter Scott: Memory on the Move by Ann RigneyThe Afterlives of Walter Scott: Memory on the Move by Ann Rigney

The Afterlives of Walter Scott: Memory on the Move

byAnn Rigney

Paperback | August 5, 2017

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Sir Walter Scott (1771-1832) was once a household name, but is now largely forgotten. This book explores how Scott's work became an all-pervasive point of reference for cultural memory and collective identity in the nineteenth century, and why it no longer has this role. Ann Rigney breaks newground 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. She pays attention to the remediation of the Waverley novels as they travelled into painting, the theatre,and material culture, as well as to the role of "Scott" as a memory site in the public sphere for a century after his death. Using a wide range of examples and supported by many illustrations, Rigney demonstrates how remembering Scott's work helped shape national and transnational identities up to World War I, and contributed to the emergence of the idea of an English-speaking world encompassing Scotland, the BritishEmpire, and the United States. Scott's work forged a potent alliance between memory, literature, and identity that was eminently suited to modernization. His legacy continues in the widespread belief that engaging with the past is a condition for transcending it.
Ann Rigney was born in Dublin, educated at University College Dublin and the University of Toronto, and is currently professor of Comparative Literature at Utrecht University. She was elected a member of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Sciences in 2005. She has published widely in the field of cultural memory, philosophy of history, a...
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Title:The Afterlives of Walter Scott: Memory on the MoveFormat:PaperbackDimensions:328 pagesPublished:August 5, 2017Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:019880640X

ISBN - 13:9780198806400

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AcknowledgementsContentsIntroduction1. Portable Monuments2. Procreativity: Remediation and Rob Roy3. Re-scripting Ivanhoe4. Re-enacting Ivanhoe5. Locating Memory: Abbotsford6. Commemorating Scott: 'That Imperial Man'7. How Long Was Immortality?Epilogue: Cultural Memory, Cultural AmnesiaNotesReferencesIndex