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Disfigurement and disability : Walter Scott’s bodies.

Robertson, Fiona (2013) 'Disfigurement and disability : Walter Scott’s bodies.', Otranto. . 003.


This essay considers conflicts of corporeality in 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. It offers new directions in interpretation 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.

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Date deposited:31 January 2017
Date of first online publication:2013
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