Robert Burns in Global Culture

Murray Pittock (Ed.)

269 pages
ISBN 9781611480306

In the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, Robert Burns was a worldwide phenomenon, a great humanitarian poet who was commemorated across the globe. Since 1945, he has been the most neglected of the major Romantic writers of the British Isles. What led to this unprecedented reversal in his reputation, and what is the reality of his global presence and influence, historically and today? Robert Burns in Global Culture sets out to answer these questions. It is a unique collection of essays which examines Burns' reputation, his role in German radicalism, and his links to French bawdy poetry, to the values of the infant United States, and to the erstwhile British empire. The public commemoration of Burns in statues is discussed alongside his influence on nationalist writing in minority languages. As Burns re-emerges as a key Romantic writer, this volume gives a sense of the scope of his presence and impact throughout our world, from Ayr and Arkansas to the United Nations.

Contributors: Murray Pittock, Robert Crawford, Silvia Mergenthal, Frauke Reitemeir, Alan Rawes, Dominique Delmaire, Pauline Anne Mackay, Andrew Monnickendam, R.D.S. Jack, Nigel Leask, Clark McGinn, Christopher A. Whatley, Leith Davis

"Robert Burns in Global Culture and James Hogg and the Literary Marketplace make important contributions to Scottish literary studies. They offer a feast of new perspectives on two key writers from the Romantic period, raising questions that may not ever easily be answerable. It is good to see interesting essays by young scholars alongside those by distinguished specialists. If occasionally the detail is specific to interest in particular works, the overall scope of both books is a tribute to the hard work and erudition of the editors and contributors."--Susan Oliver, The Wordsworth Circle, 43: 4 (Autumn 2012).

About the editor:

Murray Pittock is Bradley Professor of English Literature at University of Glasgow.


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