students approaching the Waverley Novels for the first time and wanting suggestions about things to look out for.
Sub specie aeternitatis, this is only one century before what is known as “the modern novel” which many of us are familiar with. It’s really nothing that crazy to go back that many years. Like I said, I already pretty much live in the late 19th century, so I can’t imagine anything from the early 19th is going to be too jarring for me. “The modern Homer”? That’s going to take lots of convincing. I usually order nothing online, and for some reason this piqued my interest enough to order a study on it immediately. What are they trying to hide with “adventure” anyway?
This study I’m reading now says it focuses more on original reviewers than on contemporary scholarship, that’s a good sign.
He calls Scott persistently allusive. That’s going to be one of the barriers, not knowing his literary and political context. If you were in a college setting you’d probably be told about those things. We’re on the internet without professors to guide us, and this is the next best bet- secondary texts.
Physiognomy checks out
So you want to tell us some adventures, old man?
Alright so I ask a different old man first, the one says he’s been having conversations about him for over 50 years
As we shall see, Scott often plays on coded speech used by characters to include or exclude hearers belonging or not belonging to their particular sociocultural circle. Sometimes too he will share a reference or a joke with a limited circle of readers, and part of their enjoyment will be an appreciation that they are part of that circle and most readers are not.
See, even someone from the early 1800s is relatable. At least to those who I am seeking to joke with here.
ugh sigh The Golden Dawn grades are realer than you could ever imagine. Human robots that cannot go beyond their limits. They just start smoking from the ears and sparking if they’re a certain caste that isn’t supposed to be eavesdropping on a certain conversation.
This scholar implies there’s a kind of Straussianism going on where Scott is a Scot who has to appeal to English readers. I don’t know much about that, is there a “blood feud” there?
Ah so perhaps something theological in this adventure writer
echoes of the Authorised Version of the Bible being perhaps the most pervasive and conspicuous
Funny, his contemporaries said that it’s him in his books, that he talks just the same as he does in person in them. Remember, most of them were published originally under the name Waverley, so people could only guess. “Wait a second, this reminds me of my friend down the road.” I still have to discover why esotericism was needed in this case. I’m so glad I looked for a study on the adventure genre, there’s so much I didn’t expect.