Sir Walter Scott (1771-1832)

A selective list of articles on the nineteenth-century British novelist and poet Sir Walter Scott, favoring signed articles by recognized scholars and articles published in peer-reviewed sources

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"The Walter Scott Digital Archive." Contents include a nicely illustrated biography of Scott and pages on his novels, narrative poems, and major prose works. From Edinburgh University Library, Scotland.

"Sir Walter Scott." Contains an introduction to Scott, chronology, biography, and articles on Scott's writing. The Victorian Web. Ed. Prof. George Landow.

"Sir Walter Scott." A very brief introduction to Scott from the BBC.

Kernohan, R.D. "'Will ye no' come back again?' whatever happened to Sir Walter Scott?" Contemporary Review May 1993.

"Sir Walter Scott's Ivanhoe controversially rewritten to make it easier to read." The chairman of the Walter Scott Club has shortened the work. Scott's works have fallen out of favor in recent years, considered too long for the tastes of modern readers. (UK) Telegraph 29 Jan. 2012.

Mark Twain on Sir Walter Scott. Twain did not approve of Scott, saying, among other things, "he did measureless harm; more real and lasting harm, perhaps, than any other individual that ever wrote." Mark Twain Quotes. Also "Great Scott." More on Twain and Scott, from Prof. Stephen Railton.

Uglow, Nathan. "Sir Walter Scott." An introduction to Sir Walter Scott, from a database that provides signed literary criticism by experts in their field, and is available to individuals for a reasonably-priced subscription. Also, on Minstrelsy of the Scottish Border (1802); Waverley, Or, Tis Sixty Years Since (1814); Old Mortality (1816); Rob Roy (1817); The Bride of Lammermoor (1819); A Legend of Montrose (1819); The Pirate (1821); Redgauntlet (1824). Literary Encyclopedia, 27 March 2002. Eds. Robert Clark, Emory Elliott, Janet Todd [subscription service].

Literary Criticism

Ali, Zahra A Hussein. "Adjusting the borders of self: Sir Walter Scott's The Two Drovers." Papers on Language and Literature 2001 [questia subscription service].

Chandler, Alice. "Sir Walter Scott and the Medieval Revival." Dr. Chandler points out that Scott's poems and novels themselves were a continuation of 18th century interest in the Medieval period and feudalism, as seen in the earlier century's ballad collectors and Gothic novelists. Nineteenth-Century Fiction 19, 4 (March, 1965), pp. 315-332 [free at jstor].

Duncan, Joseph E. "The Anti-Romantic in Ivanhoe." Considers whether Ivanhoe should be seen as basically a romantic fable of heroism and chivalry for young people. Nineteenth-Century Fiction 9, 4 (March, 1955), pp. 293-300 [free at jstor].

Hatfield, James Taft. "Goethe and the Ku-Klux Klan." On the influence of Sir Walter Scott's novel Anne of Geierstein on readers in the U.S. South and in particular on the Ku-Klux Klan. PMLA 37, 4 (Dec. 1922), pp. 735-39 [free at jstor].

Oliver, Susan. "Crossing 'Dark Barriers': intertextuality and dialogue between Lord Byron and Sir Walter Scott." Studies in Romanticism Spring 2008 [free at jstor].

Raleigh, John Henry. "What Scott Meant to the Victorians." Dr. Raleigh explores why Walter Scott's novels and poetry, which are little favored in the 20th century, were so important to the Victorians. Victorian Studies 7, 1, (Sept., 1963), pp. 7-34 [free at jstor].

Tuthill, Maureen. "Land and the narrative site in Sedgwick's Hope Leslie." How the 19th-century American novelist Catharine Maria Sedgwick both used and deviated from the model of Sir Walter Scott's Waverley in her novel Hope Leslie. American Transcendental Quarterly June 2005 [questia subscription service.

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