By Ann Rigney
Sir Walter Scott (1771-1832) was once a family identify within the 19th century; as soon as an immensely well known author, he's now mostly forgotten. This booklet explores how Scott's paintings grew to become an all-pervasive aspect of reference for cultural reminiscence and collective identification within the 19th century, and why it now not has this function. Ann Rigney breaks new floor in reminiscence stories and the examine of literary reception by means of reading the dynamics of cultural reminiscence and the 'social lifestyles' of literary texts throughout a number of generations and a number of media. She will pay awareness to the remediation of the Waverley novels as they travelled into portray, the theatre, and fabric tradition, in addition to to the function of 'Scott' as a reminiscence website within the public sphere for a century after his demise. utilizing quite a lot of examples and supported through many illustrations, Rigney demonstrates how remembering Scott's paintings contributed to shaping nationwide and transnational identities as much as global battle One, and contributed to the emergence of the belief of an English-speaking global encompassing Scotland, the British Empire and the us. Scott's paintings supplied an resourceful source for making a collective relation to the previous that was once appropriate with common mobility and social switch; and that he therefore cast a powerful alliance among reminiscence, literature, and id that was once eminently fitted to modernizing. within the method he helped organize his personal obsolescence yet his legacy maintains within the common trust that showcasing the prior is a for transcending it.