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Spring 2024 Events

Sir Walter Scott Conference

(Co-sponsored by The Department of English Language and Literature)

Date: May 22-25

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Balancing Acts: Race and Equality in Scott’s Tales of the Crusaders

Date and Time: May 24 at 4:15 - 5:30 pm
Location: Irvin Department of Rare Books and Special Collections
Presenter: Yoon Sun Lee (Wellesley College)

According to Mark Twain, writing in 1883, most of the world had by then outlived the “harms” associated with Walter Scott’s “Middle-Age sham civilization.” But in “our south,” he continued, “they flourish pretty forcefully still.” Twain was referring to the US south, and at the Thirteenth International Walter Scott Conference, to be held in person at the University of South Carolina, in May 2024, Scott’s impact and influence on the US, both south and north, will be a major point of focus. This conference invites participants also to think more broadly about the categories of north and south as they apply to, intersect with, and inform Scott’s life, work, reputation, and reinterpretation, including the norths and souths of Scotland, the United Kingdom, Europe and Africa, the Americas, and the global north and south more generally.


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