Still intrigued by this Scott character
established what was then an entirely new literary form, a hybrid of history and fiction
Whenever I think of a “new genre” I think “VR VR VR” so maybe I’ll post about that later.
For now I’m reading a history of the historical novel. For a Marxist, Lukács isn’t so bad.
What is lacking in the so-called historical novel before Sir Walter Scott is precisely the specifically historical, that is, derivation of the individuality of characters from the historical peculiarity of their age.
He says before him writers placed their own contemporary psychology and manners into different time-periods. So why is he out of favor today? Extrapolate from this. History is dangerous enough. When it’s history plus poetry you’re potentially playing with fire. Most know this through movies today. When it’s based on real events it’s more engaging, even more inspiring, than if it’s a product of fiction purely. I just look for books that would shape souls that could do damage to the political order and this genre is enticing. We know they’re mostly only going to make PC movies and we don’t have to be content with that, because so much has been written, and we can read that instead. Naturally I google historical action movies and see five about the natzees from the get-go. Maybe the Nazis were too soft? Why not go back even farther in time to when the white man was even more brutal? What, they don’t want twelve year old boys reading that kind of material?
Scott edited an anthology of ballads titled Minstrelsy of the Scottish Border. Wasn’t Trump half Scottish? What stories does this border hold?
Over the years an actual wall has lost importance in my mind. What’s crystallized as crucial is the need for mental walls. What I usually call the pathos of distance. This is something that needs to be formalized. There’s a reason Scotland and England exist, and there’s a reason that white culture and latino culture exist. Do we want to keep a wall between us and that? I’ll take the tacos and they can keep the rest.
Now, I don’t advise going around and killing people (until “it’s time”). The brutality of older times can be sublimated on the intellectual level. I like to go back to a time when people weren’t so over-sensitive and sickeningly sweet with each other. Too much sugar, don’t you feel sick?
No, adventure isn’t fine art, and what’s wrong with that? Too much of being a brahmin has its own problems. The kshatriya caste has its virtues too, a priest-warrior hybrid is probably the ideal type.
Someone else to look into, that Cooper I mentioned. This one’s an American so possibly more relatable than Scott, depending where you’re from.
If you think of Nietzsche’s concept of using history for the advantage of life, let’s tweak that into using historical fiction for the advantage of life. Let’s just say it- modern people are so refined that they’re weaklings. I don’t even know if I’d bother reading historical fiction written in the 21st century. Sounds like it would be even better to “go back doubly” and read it from a previous century. That reminds me, I should do a post on what people from the 18th century had to say about Homer. Double scoop of brutality, that’s what I want for my mental diet. I don’t want to eat human steaks, that’s you, keep me out of that you freak.
Chilling. Lukács points out Scott’s context
It’s one thing to theorize “counter-enlightenment”, it’s another to poetically depict it.
You’ve probably heard of the “social realism” genre of novel? His innovation was to apply that to older time periods. Lukács says it’s a direct continuation of said genre. Remember what Pound said the other day about prose being the “record of consciousness” of a given time? I have a hunch that we will be able to find some peak genealogical material in this much-besmirched “adventure” genre.
Scott is so Aryan-looking too, that’s amusing. While I’m not blonde myself I expect such a person to be more receptive of my way of thinking than most. They in particular tend to be free of the blindness of ressentiment. And that’s the main obstacle the great many have between them and clear thinking. “What about a fat blond?” I said “tend to”.
Ahhh I’m so happy I found this genre. So much to read! Let me alone for a while.
Remember this from January where I invoke the notion of the “shelter”? I anticipated what was going to happen. They ban all the even slightly anti-modern individuals and eventually you forget that type of thinking even exists. Thus old books are the only option to avoid the leveling process of modernity.
Grrr I get sick of this Jew Lukács writing about Scott from 30s Moscow and that Green study’s preview ends right after the first page on Scott