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Walter Scott’s Jacobite Fictions – online talk
Mar 18 @ 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Join us for the first of our Spring Series of online talks. This special opening lecture will be presented by Dr Lucy Wood, who takes us into the Jacobite novels of Sir Walter Scott:
It is 250 years since the birth of one of Scotland’s most famous authors, Walter Scott- and just over 200 year since the publication of his first novel, Waverley. Published in 1814, the novel is set during the Jacobite Rebellion of 1745, and follows a young Englishman named Edward Waverley in a journey between commitment to his status as a British soldier, and fervent enthusiasm for the Jacobite cause stirred by a trip to the Scottish Highlands and the home of the young Highland chieftain, Fergus McIvor. Edward’s association with Jacobites compromises his position in his regiment, leading to dramatic consequences, and a struggle between romanticism, reason, responsibility and reality.
The oscillating enthusiasms of Waverley have been frequently stated a being enthusiasms experienced by Scott himself. Indeed from a young age Scott was deeply interested in the Jacobite cause- an avid antiquarian, his collecting began with relics associated with the Jacobites. He accumulated knowledge of a vast array of songs and stories from family members and friends, including the terrific tales of Culloden veteran Alexander Stewart of Invernayle, owing to which Scott proclaimed ‘I became a valiant Jacobite at the age of ten years’ (Familiar Letters, i. 67). In this talk, Dr Wood will examine Scott’s personal association with the Jacobite cause, and the relationship between this association and the representation of Jacobitsim in his fiction. This exploration will begin with the famous case of Waverley, but will also examine the more complex representations of Jacobitism to be found in the later novels Rob Roy (1817), and the surprising premise and resolution of Redgauntlet (1824).
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