Susan Oliver


University of Cambridge, United Kingdom.

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Cycnos | Volume 19 n°1

Resisting Radical Energies:Walter Scott’s Minstrelsy of the Scottish Borderand the Re-Fashioning of the Border Ballads

“Walter Scott conceived of and began his first major publication, the Minstrelsy of the Scottish Border, in the early 1790s. Throughout that decade and into the first three years of the nineteenth century, he worked consistently at accumulating the substantial range of ballad versions and archival material that he would use to produce what was intended to be an authoritative and definitive print version of oral and traditional Borders ballad culture. For the remainder of his life Scott continued to write and speak with affection of his “Liddesdale Raids,” the ballad collecting and research trips that he made into the Borders country around Liddesdale mainly during the years 1792...”

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