Reinventing Liberty: Nation, Commerce and the Historical Novel from Walpole to Scott

Price, Fiona (2016) Reinventing Liberty: Nation, Commerce and the Historical Novel from Walpole to Scott. Edinburgh University Press, Edinburgh.

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Abstract

The British historical novel has often been defined in the terms set by Walter Scott’s fiction, as a reflection on a clear break between past and present. Returning to the range of historical fiction written before Scott, Reinventing Liberty challenges this view by returning us to the rich range of historical novels written in the late eighteenth-century. It explores how these works participated in a contentious debate concerning political change and British national identity. Ranging across well-known writers, like William Godwin, Horace Walpole and Frances Burney, to lesser-known figures, such as Cornelia Ellis Knight and Jane Porter, Reinventing Liberty reveals how history becomes a site to rethink Britain as ‘land of liberty’ and it positions Scott in relation to this tradition.

Item Type: Book
Subjects: P Language and Literature > PR English literature
Divisions: Departments > English and Creative Writing
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Depositing User: Fiona Price
Date Deposited: 25 Apr 2016 10:23
Last Modified: 30 May 2019 09:55
URI: http://eprints.chi.ac.uk/id/eprint/1821

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