Sir Walter Scott
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Medieval literary works ranging from Beowulf to Sir Gawain and the Green Knight highlight various ideologies and themes—such as courtly love, chivalry, and heroism. Famous British authors such as Chaucer, Shakespeare, and Wordsworth constructed valuable literary pieces to further cement the foundation of British Literature. These authors are monumentally presented in the classrooms; however, there is one author who is monumentally unrepresented in the classroom: Sir Walter Scott. Sir Walter Scott managed to highlight the prevalent themes from the aforementioned works and authors in just a few decades. After analyzing Scott’s works, I touched every literary theme that I discovered throughout my collegiate experience. I highlighted parallels in Scott’s works to find comparisons with works taught in my previous classes, finding that I could have studied these literary themes under a unique, Scottish lens. Furthermore, I discovered that I—along with my peers—was denied the study of these themes from a fresh perspective. The overall goal of my thesis is to provide: a comparison of Scott’s works to works studied in the common English curriculum, an assessment on the rational possibility of fitting his literature into literature classes, and a view of where his work stands in the eyes of the current-day academic world.
Robertson, Patrick Casey (2015). Sir Walter Scott. Undergraduate Research Scholars Program. Available electronically from