Disfigurement and Disability: Walter Scott’s Bodies

Robertson, Fiona (2013) Disfigurement and Disability: Walter Scott’s Bodies. Otranto.co.uk.

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Abstract

This essay considers conflicts of corporeality in Walter Scott’s works, critical reception, and cultural status, drawing on recent scholarship on the physical in the Romantic Period and on considerations of disability in modern and contemporary poetics. Although Scott scholarship has said little about the significance of disability as something reconfigured – or ‘disfigured’ – in his writings, there is an increasing interest in the importance of the body in Scott’s work. This essay offers new directions in interpretation and scholarship by opening up several distinct, though interrelated, aspects of the corporeal in Scott. It seeks to demonstrate how many areas of Scott’s writing – in poetry and prose, and in autobiography – and of Scott’s critical and cultural standing, from Lockhart’s biography to the custodianship of his library at Abbotsford, bear testimony to a legacy of disfigurement and substitution. [Author's introduction]

Item Type: Journal Article
Additional Information: Published on http://www.otranto.co.uk. Added to Open Research Archive with permission of author.
Subjects: 800 Literature & rhetoric > 823 English fiction
School/Department: School of Arts and Humanities
Depositing User: Jonathan Lucas
Date Deposited: 27 Nov 2013 13:47
Last Modified: 27 Nov 2013 14:15
URI: http://research.stmarys.ac.uk/id/eprint/643

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