Bloodless Revolution and the Form of the Novel

  • Anthony S. Jarrells
Part of the Palgrave Studies in the Enlightenment, Romanticism, and Cultures of Print book series (PERCP)


In synthesizing the Jacobite—Enlightenment dialectic in his historical fiction Walter Scott did more than just render amusing a particularly painful historical episode. His synthesis helped to solidify the novel as a literary and a national form. In this, Scott seems to have succeeded where Godwin failed. In this chapter I present these two writers side-by-side and compare the sense of history and Enlightenment implicit in their fictions.


Seventeenth Century Political Violence Romantic Period Historical Romance Historical Fiction 
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© Anthony S. Jarrells 2005

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