Engage with a selection of texts by Walter Scott
Investigate the relationships between literature and national identities
Reflect on the cultural impact and legacy of Walter Scott
Explore how Scott uses his collection at Abbotsford as a springboard for a story
Walter Scott is one of Scotland’s most significant figures and is famous around the world.
On this course, you’ll get to know the man behind the monuments and books. You’ll explore and discuss selections of Scott’s work, whilst reflecting upon his cultural impact and enduring literary legacy.
You’ll understand Scott’s significance as a poet and novelist, and will be familiar with some of his best-loved work; such as Waverley and The Heart of Mid-Lothian. You’ll also gain an understanding of how and why he was inspired to write, and how literature can shape heritage and national identity.
The work and legacy of Walter Scott
Scott as a collector
Relationship between Scott’s home at Abbotsford and storytelling
Connections between Scott’s work and landscape, history and nationhood
Curating Scott’s legacy
This course would suit those with an interest in Romantic and Scottish literature, or the history of the novel. It would also appeal to the Scottish diaspora, for both its literary content and focus on cultural heritage. It may also be of use to people interested in wider issues around literary heritage and tourism.