THE LITERARY INDEX

LITERARY CRITICISM AND ANALYSIS OF NOVELS AND POETRY

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Sir Walter Scott Literary Criticism

Waverley

An essay by Jeffrey Scraba of Rutgers University examining the development of the historical novel, using Waverley as a case study, and how Scott engages with the theories and ideas of the Scottish Enlightenment.
An article by Christopher Rollason exploring the influence of Scottish, or Celtic, culture on the narrative of Scott's first published novel.

Redgauntlet

An essay by Rick Incorvati of Wittenberg University investigating the notion that the character of Darsie Latimer was a homosexual, as well as reassessing the Foucaultian contention that the homosexual was a late-nineteenth-century invention.

The Pirate

An essay by James Crane of Loyola University comparing the portrayal of friendship and relationships in this novel and James Fenimore Cooper's The Pilot.

Ivanhoe

An essay by Peter Schmidt of Swarthmore College examining the influence of Scott's literature in America, postcolonial theory, and how this manifests in Ivanhoe.

Guy Mannering

A paper by George G. Dekker of Stanford University about the relationship between the rise of tourism and the Romantic novel in this text and Cooper's The Pioneers.