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dc.contributor.advisorFindlay, Lenen_US
dc.creatorSchenk, Ole Andrewen_US
dc.date.accessioned2011-04-10T18:23:11Zen_US
dc.date.accessioned2013-01-04T04:28:29Z
dc.date.available2012-04-18T08:00:00Zen_US
dc.date.available2013-01-04T04:28:29Z
dc.date.created2011-04en_US
dc.date.issued2011-04en_US
dc.date.submittedApril 2011en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10388/etd-04102011-182311en_US
dc.description.abstractGeorg Lukács’ The Historical Novel continues to have a wide influence in Walter Scott criticism. However, Lukács’ theoretical insights into the role of genre in Scott’s work remains underappreciated. This thesis takes for its departure Lukács’ summary that "the profound grasp of the historical factor in human life demands a dramatic concentration of the epic framework" (41). Lukács’ description of these two forms, dramatic and epic, is then applied in a reading of Scott’s The Heart of Midlothian. Lukács’ terms offer a way of describing how Scott’s fiction works, as the interplay of dramatic and epic motifs provide the aesthetic mediation for Midlothian’s social and political concerns. The chief problem raised through this reading is the role of genre in establishing a sense of historical necessity. In The Heart of Midlothian, the role of genre is made concrete in the novel’s gradual transition. Opening with dramatic social unrest, the novel shifts attention to the epic journey of Jeanie Deans and how her intervention re-establishes domestic and political harmony within the world of the novel. The interplay of dramatic and epic forms establishes a sense of internal necessity, as each major character organically finds his or her role in the overall course of progress. The thesis turns in its final chapter and conclusion to a resistance in Midlothian to the "dramatic concentration of the epic framework." Thus instead of solely applying Lukács’ categories to a Scott, the conclusion of the thesis turns Scott against Lukács. Midlothian’s conclusion evinces the resistance of Scott the storyteller to Scott the novelist of historical necessity, as the storyteller re-opens a sense of unforeseen possibility at the novel’s conclusion. The thesis concludes with a meditation on the ethical implications of Scott’s competing narrative practices, that is, the dissonance between the historical novelist and the storyteller.en_US
dc.language.isoen_USen_US
dc.subjectstorytellingen_US
dc.subjectGeorg Lukácsen_US
dc.subjectThe Heart of Midlothianen_US
dc.subjectnarrativeen_US
dc.subjecthistorical fictionen_US
dc.subjectgenreen_US
dc.subjectWalter Scotten_US
dc.titleDynamics of genre and the shape of historical fiction : a Lukácsian reading of Walter Scott's The Heart of Midlothianen_US
thesis.degree.departmentEnglishen_US
thesis.degree.disciplineEnglishen_US
thesis.degree.grantorUniversity of Saskatchewanen_US
thesis.degree.levelMastersen_US
thesis.degree.nameMaster of Arts (M.A.)en_US
dc.type.materialtexten_US
dc.type.genreThesisen_US
dc.contributor.committeeMemberThorpe, Dougen_US
dc.contributor.committeeMemberVargo, Lisaen_US
dc.contributor.committeeMemberPoellet, Michaelen_US
dc.contributor.committeeMemberCooley, Ronen_US


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