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Scott and Society (Paperback)

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This book has two main related purposes. The first is to provide a fresh and thoroughly documented study of elements of the background to Scott's life and art that have after been overlooked or taken for granted: his politics and his relation to the major intellectual currents of the age and to the Scottish social background. From this study Scott emerges as a more understandable and less trivial politician and observer of his contemporary scene, both privately and in public.

The second part of the book uses this background to sketch an artistic development in the novels. Dr McMaster shows how Scott's deepening response to what he saw as an ever more troubled world led him from the strict realism of his early works to a mature synthesis of realistic, poetic and symbolic modes. The common charge that Scott simply escaped into the past in an attempt not to see the unpleasant present is strongly negated. The realisation that his true subject is his own contemporary world becomes the key to a reading of a number of the major novels that finds in them more artistry and coherence than has been customary with many of his critics.


Publisher Cambridge Univ Pr
Mfg Part# 9780521137065
SKU 213272644
Format Paperback
ISBN10 0521137063
Release Date 3/11/2010
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Book Format Paperback
Number of Pages 0260
Publisher Cambridge University Press
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