Robert Burns is Scotland’s greatest cultural icon. Yet, despite his continued popularity, critical work has been compromised by the myths that have built up around him. McGuirk focuses on Burns’s poems and songs, analysing his use of both vernacular Scots and literary English to provide a unique reading of his work.
The series examines how these two intimately related genres were used to explore and disseminate new political ideas in a period of Enlightenment, Romanticism, and Revolution.
Scholars working within the disciplines of English, history, music, Celtic studies, and politics will find the series of interest, as will researchers whose wider concerns pertain to cultural history, anthropology and the history of philosophy, communication, and linguistics.