Lampedusa, Scott, the Historical Novel and Identity

Graham Tulloch

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Walter Scott is generally regarded as the first true historical novelist whereas Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa, on other hand, has been accused of not writing a historical novel despite setting his novel, The Leopard, in the past. This chapter examines Lampedusa’s lecture on Scott in his Letteratura Inglese and asks what it might tell us about how Lampedusa saw the historical novel and how this might affect our reading of The Leopard. In particular it addresses the issue of how their novels express and reflect respectively Scottish and Sicilian national identity.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationItalian Identities
EditorsDiana Glenn, Graham Tulloch
Place of PublicationLeicester, UK
Number of pages12
ISBN (Print)9781838594473
Publication statusPublished - 2020


  • Walter Scott
  • Guiseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa
  • Historical Novels
  • national identity


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