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Robert Burns and Transatlantic Culture

By Sharon Alker, Leith Davis

Edited by Holly Faith Nelson

© 2012 – Routledge

320 pages

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Hardback: 9781409405764
pub: 2012-03-28

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About the Book

While recent scholarship has usefully positioned Burns within the context of British Romanticism as a spokesperson of Scottish national identity, Robert Burns and Transatlantic Culture considers Burns's impact in the United States, Canada, and South America, where he has served variously as a site of cultural memory and of creative negotiation. Ambitious in its scope, the volume is divided into five sections that explore: transatlantic concerns in Burns's own work, Burns's early publication in North America, Burns's reception in the Americas, Burns's creation as a site of cultural memory, and extra-literary remediations of Burns, including contemporary digital representations. By tracing the transatlantic modulations of the poet and songwriter and his works, Robert Burns and Transatlantic Culture sheds new light on the circuits connecting Scotland and Britain with the evolving cultures of the Americas from the late eighteenth century to the present.


'This splendid collection establishes the tremendous historical impact that Burns has had on transatlantic literature and demonstrates the vibrant role he continues to play in our culture. Raising important questions about how Burns has been read, reinterpreted, and reinvented across the centuries and across media, as well as across the Atlantic ocean, this volume will be of interest not only to anyone working in Scottish literary studies, but also to scholars of Canadian and American literary history and print culture.' Pam Perkins, University of Manitoba, Canada 'Robert Burns and Transatlantic Culture offers a convincing and thorough exploration of Burns as a transatlantic figure, providing new directions for further research that should prove quite productive for Burns studies.' Scottish Literary Review

About the Authors/Editor

Sharon Alker is Associate Professor of English at Whitman College, Walla Walla, Washington. Leith Davis is Professor of English and Director of the Centre for Scottish Studies at Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, British Columbia. Holly Faith Nelson is Professor and Chair of English and Co-Director of the Gender Studies Institute at Trinity Western University in Langley, British Columbia.

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