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“Before Our Eyes”: Romantic Historical Fiction and the Apparitions of Reading

Ina Ferris
Representations
Vol. 121, No. 1 (Winter 2013), pp. 60-84
DOI: 10.1525/rep.2013.121.1.60
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/10.1525/rep.2013.121.1.60
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“Before Our Eyes”: Romantic Historical Fiction and the Apparitions of Reading
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Abstract

This essay reads the seminal historical fiction of Walter Scott in conjunction with the medical apparition discourse that flourished in the early nineteenth century. It argues that the tactics of the historical novel in this period are best understood through an “apparitional poetics” that attempts to solve the problem of the historical image.

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