Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

Scott, Romance and ‘Real History’

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Who this event is for

  • Everyone


Headington Campus, Gipsy Lane site


The theme of this conference is the multiplicity of Walter Scott’s writings and the way in which this supports continually fresh interpretations. An English setting in an ancient city prompts the consideration of Scott as a romance writer in both prose and verse. In turn, this invites investigation of the problematic opposition of romance and history in both Scott and his critics. We have four plenary speakers: Ian Duncan, Ina Ferris, Peter Garside and Nancy Goslee. The conference follows on immediately from the joint BARS/NASSR conference at Bristol* and precedes the Hogg conference later in August. It will be of interest to a wide range of Romanticists. Panels will feature links with other Romantic writers such as Hogg and Austen, and later writers in various languages across the globe.

The conference will take place at Oxford Brookes University between July 30th and August 3rd 2007. The full cost will be £415, which is comprised of a conference fee of £90 plus a fee of £325 to cover accommodation and most meals, i.e. four nights en suite bed-and-breakfast accommodation in individual student rooms, all refreshments and lunches, drinks reception and hot finger buffet on 30th, conference dinner on August 2nd, musical interludes from specialist performers of mediaeval and Renaissance and Scottish traditional music. (Numerous local pubs and restaurants can provide evening meals on the other two days at around £10 each.) The all-in fee for those not in full-time academic employment is £40 less. Non-resident rates can be arranged on application to the conference administrator. August 1st will be a half day; an optional trip to Kenilworth is planned, and Cotswold (local scenic) tours can be arranged on demand. Please note that you will need to book the university accommodation quite early, by May 24th at the absolute latest.

Oxford has a beautiful historic centre and a lively night life. Scott uses many nearby localities as the settings for his novels (for example, Woodstock, Warwick, and Cumnor) and the Conference schedule includes an optional trip to Kenilworth Castle. Delegates may also wish to seize the opportunity to visit the Bodleian Library.

Academic Programme


  • IAN DUNCAN Scott’s Shadow: Scott in Relation to the Writers of Early Nineteenth-century Edinburgh
  • INA FERRIS On the Borders of Oblivion: Scott and the Time of the Remnant
  • PETER GARSIDE The Baron’s Books: Scott, Book-Collecting, Multitextuality, Waverley, and Bibliomania
  • NANCY GOSLEE Fictions of Liberty: Women Writers, Women Characters, and the Figure of Wallace


Romantic Fiction Manuscripts: Scott and Austen
  • David Hewitt Originality, Process, Production: the Experience of Working on the Edinburgh Edition of the Waverley Novels
  • Sharon Ragaz The Watsons as Paper and Electronic Text
  • Kathryn Sutherland Between Manuscript and Print; Speculations on a Jane Austen Novel
Workshop Panel: Teaching Scott Without
  • Caroline McCracken-Flesher convenes a panel of delegates on the effects of teaching
  • Scott selectively: without film (CMF), history (Ken McNeil), poetry (Evan Gottlieb), song (Caroline Jackson-Houlston), etc. Other contributors welcome

Provisional Paper Groupings

Scott: Reception and Influence 1: European

  1. Annika Bautz The Gentleman and the Lady: the Reception of Scott and Austen
    Darya Protopopova Virginia Woolf and Walter Scott: the Victorians from a Modernist Perspective
  2. Natalia Solovyova Scott and his Influence on Russian Literature (M. Zagoskin, A. Pushkin, A Bestuzhev)
    Emilia Szaffner Authenticity or Stage Setting? Debates in Hungarian Scott-criticism between 1840-1880

Scott: Reception and Influence 2: Transatlantic

  • Andrea Cabajsky History and Fiction in Canadian Studies of Walter Scott
  • Fiona Robertson Guy Mannering and American Romance
  • Sam Baker The Talisman in The Professor’s House

Scott and ‘Real History’ 1

  1. Penny Fielding Black Dwarves
    Mike Buck James Renwick, Scott’s Old Mortality and the Scottish Covenanters: Faith, Violence, and the Struggle for Religious Pluralism
  2. Simon White Ivanhoe and the Pentridge Rising
    Porsha Fermanis Scott and Historical Distance in Waverley and Ivanhoe
Scott and ‘Real History’ 2
  • Donald Mackenzie History, Romance and the Elegiac:
  • QuentinDurward and The Lady of the Lake
  • Claire Lamont Scott and the Monasteries
  • Silvia Mergenthal Walter Scott’s Walking Stick: Scott and Major Weir
Scott and ‘Real History’ 3
  • Robert McColl Outcoming: Scott’s Historical Event
  • Caroline Jackson-Houlston ‘A Barbarous, Unfeminine Use of Power’: the Construction of Renaissance Queenship in Scott and Lee
  • Evan Gottlieb Fictions of Modernity: Sovereignty and Identity in Quentin Durward
Re-reading Late Romances
  • Tara Ghosal Wallace Domestic Distress in The Betrothed
  • Stuart Ferguson Fantasy, Historiography and Apoplexy: the Case for Castle Dangerous
  • Sally Newsome ‘Changing Sheep-head Broth and Haggis for Mulagatawny and Curry’: The Surgeon’s Daughter and Romantic Orientalism
Scott and Fellow Scots
  • Elisa Beshero-Bondar Walter Scott, Joanna Baillie and the Feminising of Romanticism: Minstrelsy in Marmion and The Lady of the Lake
  • Gillian Hughes James Hogg and Scott’s Antiquarian Legacy
  • Deirdre Shepherd Walter Scott, James Hogg and the Seductive Challenge of Mediaeval Romance
Scott: Collector and Collected
  • Lindsay Levy Rarissimo! Scott and the Joys of Book Collecting
  • Robert Mayer Confidants and Contributors: Scott’s Literary Correspondents
Editing Scott
  • I. H. Alexander The Uses of Waverley Annotation
  • Ainsley McIntosh Mighty Nights and Knightly Spears: Towards a Textual Policy for Walter Scott’s Marmion
    Ruth McAdams Cadell, the Fisher Edition of the Waverley Novels, and Sir Walter Scott’s Legacy
Tradition and Language
  • Janette Currie The Case of the Liberalis Stone, or Romance v. History in the Minstrelsy of the Scottish Border
  • Anthony Howell Sir Walter Scott and ‘Glamour’
  • Ali Lumsden Walter Scott and the Limits of Language
Scott and Economics
  • Alex Dick Scott, Standards and Surveillance: Malagrowther, Woodstock, and the Life of Napoleon
  • Susan Oliver ‘On Planting Waste Lands’: Walter Scott, Forestry, and the Cultivation of Scotland’s Wildernesses
  • Dan Wall ‘Grand Napoleons of the Realm of Print’? Filthy Lucre in Lockhart’s Life of Scott
Scott and Sister Arts
  • Gilles Soubigou Walter Scott and History in the French Visual Arts
  • Catherine Jones Scott Operas
  • Nicola Watson Romance, History and The Literary Tourist
Outside the Boundaries
  • Graham Tulloch Scott, the Bushranger and the Bandit: Outlaws and Violence in Scott’s Romance World
  • Ken McNeil Borderlands, Border Theory: Walter Scott, Americo Paredes, and the Border Ballad
  • Clare Simmons Law, the State of Nature, and the Limits of History in the Waverley Novels
Unknown Scotts
  • Rebecca Newman Authorizing the Magazine: Scott, Blackwood’s and the Great Unknown
  • Caroline McCracken-Flesher ‘A History of Chuckie Stanes’: Scott and the Royal Society
  • Jim Carson Scott and the Romantic Dog

We look forward to meeting you all at a lively and varied event