Literary Memory

Catherine Jones

Scott's Waverley Novels and the Psychology of Narrative

249 pages
ISBN 9781611481808
LC 2002015288
Bucknell Studies in Eighteenth Century Literature and Culture

Catherine Jone's Literary Memory explores the relationship of memory to writing in the "long" eighteenth century in Scotland and America. It does so by arguing for Walter Scott's adaptation and development in the Waverley Novels of varieties of "literary memory" from the philosophy and psychological theory of the Scottish Enlightenment.

In the eighteenth century, philosophy (defined broadly as thinking about knowledge, existence, and being) became inseparable from psychology (the science of the mind). Locating Scott within this rich intellectual context, Jones explores his understanding of, and narrative transformation of, various forms of literary memory, while judiciously distinguishing Scott's complex and influential achievement from later Freudian theories and representations. Casting the cultural and historical perspective wider still, this book also offers a lucid and original account of the ideological rejection of the cultural synthesis represented by Scott's "literary memory" by the New England romance writers, Washington Irving, James Fenimore Cooper, and Nathaniel Hawthorne.

Theoretically and historically grounded, Literary Memory will appeal to all those interested in the writings of Scott, the Scottish Enlightenment, Romantic cultural history, the history of the novel, narrative theory, and literature in relation to psychology and psychoanalysis.

About the author:

Catherine Jones is Lecturer in English Literature at University of Aberdeen.


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