Walter Scott was no bland tartan romantic, he was dumbed down

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This week sees the 200-year anniversary of the publication of Walter Scott’s first novel Waverley. Journalist Stuart Kelly has called Scott “the man who invented a nation” but what is Scott’s relevance for today? What kind of version of Scotland and of history more generally has he given us?
Original languageEnglish
Specialist publicationThe Conversation
PublisherThe Conversation UK
Publication statusPublished - 9 Jul 2014

Bibliographical note

Alison has received grants from the AHRC, Carnegie Trust for Scotland and from a private donation.


  • Scotland
  • Scottish literature
  • Walter Scott


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