Sir Walter Scott: His Worlds and His Legacies

A Special Issue Dedicated to the 200th Anniversary of the Publication of Ivanhoe


Guest Editors:

Dr Kang-yen Chiu (National Yang-Ming University, Taiwan) and Professor Murray Pittock (University of Glasgow, UK)


Ivanhoe, published in December 1819,has been from that time one of the most popular and influential of the Waverley Novels and had a crucial role in establishing Scott’s position as a world renowned historical novelist. Moreover, Ivanhoe was also the first of Scott’s novels to have a Chinese translation (by the classical Chinese scholar, Lin Shu, in 1905). To celebrate the 200th anniversary of the publication of Ivanhoe, this special issue, scheduled to be published in December 2019, seeks essays of 6,000 to 10,000 words on/about Scott’s writings as well as his literary relations with and influence on writers and artists in different parts of the world, especially Asia. In addition to celebrating the bicentennial publication of Ivanhoe, this special issue, the first of its kind to be published in Chinese-speaking countries, also intendsto evoke the older generation’s memory of Scott’s works and to attract a younger generation’s interest in reading as well as researching the author of Waverley.

Possible areas of interest may include, but are not limited to:

  • The reception of Scott outside Scotland and particularly in Asia
  • Teaching the works of Scott in a global context
  • Translations and adaptations of Scott’s writings
  • Scott and his literary relations and continuing influence
  • Scott, colonialism and empire
  • Scott and national identity
  • The Waverley Novels as a world-wide literary phenomenon
  • Scott and the historical novel
  • The place of Ivanhoe in Scott’s oeuvre as a whole
  • The afterlives of Scott’s novels

Please follow our submission guidelines to submit articles online by 31 December 2018:

Kang-yen Chiu is assistant professor at National Yang-Ming University, Taipei, Taiwan. He received his PhD in English Literature from the University of Glasgow and specializes in the writings of Sir Walter Scott, hospitality and postcolonial theories. He has published in journals such as The Wenshan Review, The BARS Review and Scottish Literary Review. He is working on a monograph, Sir Walter Scott and China.

Murray Pittock (D. Litt., FEA, FRHistS, FRSA, FRSE) is Bradley Professor of Literature and Pro Vice-Principal at the University of Glasgow, UK. He is the author or editor of many international works on Scott, Burns and global Romanticism including The Reception of Sir Walter Scott in Europe, Scottish and Irish Romanticism (Chinese translation Zheijang University Press), Robert Burns in Global Culture, The Reception of Robert Burns in Europe and the essay on ‘Historiography’ in The Cambridge Companion to the Scottish Enlightenment (also available in Mandarin). He is currently completing a study, ‘Smart City of Edinburgh: Routing Enlightenment, 1660-1750’ applying contemporary urban studies and innovation theory to the data from Edinburgh in the early modern period.