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One of the most influential works on Sir Walter Scott, The Hero of the Waverley Novels is a model for reconstructing ideas common at a given period in time. In this book Alexander Welsh draws upon the entire canon of Scott's fiction to demonstrate its bearing on property and the behavior prescribed for the propertied classes. Analyzing the "passive hero"--the protagonist who is acted upon by outside forces--he shows how Scott became such a powerful influence for nineteenth-century literature and history. Welsh has updated his book with an essay on history and revolution in Old Mortality, another on repression and the social contract in the novels, and an afterword on the contrast of styles.

Originally published in 1993.

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Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Series Page, Copyright, Dedication
  2. pp. i-v
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Bibliographical Note
  2. p. ix
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  1. Preface
  2. pp. xi-xv
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  1. Chronological List of the Waverley Novels
  2. p. xvii
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  1. I Romance
  2. pp. 1-20
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  1. II The Passive Hero
  2. pp. 21-39
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  1. III Character and Topography
  2. pp. 40-62
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  1. IV Property
  2. pp. 63-85
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  1. V The Heart of Mid-Lothian
  2. pp. 86-100
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  1. VI Anxiety
  2. pp. 101-117
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  1. VII Rob Roy
  2. pp. 118-133
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  1. VIII Honor
  2. pp. 134-154
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  1. IX Old Mortality
  2. pp. 155-177
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  1. Contrast of Styles in the Waverley Novels
  2. pp. 178-190
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  1. History and Revolution in Old Mortality
  2. pp. 191-212
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  1. Patriarchy, Contract, and Repression in Scott's Novels
  2. pp. 213-241
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 243-250
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781400863297
MARC Record
OCLC
889252366
Pages
276
Launched on MUSE
2015-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
No
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