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by Matthew Wickman

Category: History and Criticism
Subcategory: Fiction
Author: Matthew Wickman
ISBN: 0812239717
ISBN13: 978-0812239713
Language: English
Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press (December 21, 2006)
Pages: 272
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This book contends that they do, and that experience is one such ghost.

Home Browse Books Book details, The Ruins of Experience: Scotland's "Romantick". The Ruins of Experience: Scotland's "Romantick" Highlands and the Birth of the Modern Witness. This book contends that they do, and that experience is one such ghost. But how do we undertake an investigation of experience–how do we come to understand experience objectively, as it were–without causing it to fade once again, phantasmatically, from view? in chasing this rainbow, I return to one of the quintessential sites of modern spectrality, the romantic Scottish Highlands.

Matthew Wickman examines this uncanny return of experiential authority at the very moment of its supposed decline .

Matthew Wickman examines this uncanny return of experiential authority at the very moment of its supposed decline and traces the alluring improbability of experience into our own time.

Matthew Wickman examines this uncanny return of experiential authority at the very moment of its supposed decline and traces the alluring . Chapter 1 A Musket Shot and Its Echoes: The Romantick Origins of the Modern Witness.

Matthew Wickman: The Ruins of Experience. Scotland's Romantik Highlands and the Birth of Modern Witness, Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2007

Matthew Wickman: The Ruins of Experience. Scotland's Romantik Highlands and the Birth of Modern Witness, Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2007, ISBN 978-0-8122-3971-3. Binjamin Wilkomirski: Fragments.

A brilliant study of legal events and of literary texts concerned with the Scottish Highlands in the late eighteenth to nineteenth century, which then provides a structure for exploring the decay of and nostalgia for experience in subsequent culture.

The Ruins of Experience. Scotland's "Romantick" Highlands and the Birth of the Modern Witness. University of pennsylvania press. A brilliant study of legal events and of literary texts concerned with the Scottish Highlands in the late eighteenth to nineteenth century, which then provides a structure for exploring the decay of and nostalgia for experience in subsequent culture. -Tilottama Rajan, University of Western Ontario.

The Ruins of Experience: Scotland's "Romantick" Highlands and the Birth of the Modern Witness.

The Ruins of Experience by Matthew Wickman, 2007, University of. .

Scotland's "romantick" Highlands and the birth of the modern witness. Published 2007 by University of Pennsylvania Press in Philadelphia. Includes bibliographical references (p. -239) and index.

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Wickman, Matthew, The Ruins of Experience: Scotland’s ‘Romantick’ Highlands and the Birth of the Modern Witness, Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2007. Wilt, Judith, Secret Leaves: The Novels of Walter Scott, Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1985. Womack, Peter, Improvement and Romance: Constructing the Myth of the Highlands, Basingstoke: Macmillan, 1989. Youngson, A. The Making of Classical Edinburgh, 1750–1840, Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 1966.

There emerged, during the latter half of the eighteenth century, a reflexive relationship between shifting codes of legal evidence in British courtrooms and the growing fascination throughout Europe with the "primitive" Scottish Highlands. New methods for determining evidential truth, linked with the growing prominence of lawyers and a formalized division of labor between witnesses and jurors, combined to devalue the authority of witness testimony, magnifying the rupture between experience and knowledge. Juries now pronounced verdicts based not upon the certainty of direct experience but rather upon abstractions of probability or reasonable likelihood.

Yet even as these changes were occurring, the Scottish Highlands and Hebridean Islands were attracting increased attention as a region where witness experience in sublime and communal forms had managed to trump enlightened progress and the probabilistic, abstract, and mediated mentality on which the Enlightenment was predicated. There, in a remote corner of Britain, natives and tourists beheld things that surpassed enlightened understanding; experience was becoming all the more alluring to the extent that it signified something other than knowledge.

Matthew Wickman examines this uncanny return of experiential authority at the very moment of its supposed decline and traces the alluring improbability of experience into our own time. Thematic in its focus and cross-disciplinary in its approach, The Ruins of Experience situates the literary next to the nonliterary, the old beside the new. Wickman looks to poems, novels, philosophical texts, travel narratives, contemporary theory, and evidential treatises and trial narratives to suggest an alternative historical view of the paradoxical tensions of the Enlightenment and Romantic eras.

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