Robert Burns in Global Culture

by Murray Pittock (Author)
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Robert Burns in Global Culture is a collection which breaks new ground in treating Burns' poetry and influence in an international context. Widely recognized as poet of global significance in the nineteenth century, Burns' reputation has suffered from the critical turns in Romanticism since 1945 and is only now beginning to be seen in its proper context. Following on from the celebrations across the world to mark Burns' 250th anniversary in 2009, this collection asks questions concerning the nature of Burns' global influence in the United States, Europe and the Commonwealth, examines the extraordinary ways in which his writing combines a distinctively progressive agenda with deceptively traditional styles, and emplaces his reputation at the heart of questions of American exceptionalism, European democracy, British imperial identities, Italian politics, French literary history, questions of desire and sexuality, the Burns Supper and the extraordinary cult of Burns statues. 'Robert Burns in Global Culture' combines literary criticism, history, cultural theory and comparative literature to create a set of powerful, new and unique directions in the study of this major Romantic poet.

Book Details

Robert Crawford (Collaborator), Leith Davis (Collaborator), Dominique Delmaire (Collaborator), R D. S. Jack (Collaborator), Nigel Leask (Collaborator), Pauline Anne Mackay (Collaborator), Clark McGinn (Collaborator), Silvia Mergenthal (Collaborator), Andrew Monnickendam (Collaborator), Alan Rawes (Collaborator), Frauke Reitemeier (Collaborator), Christopher A. Whatley (Collaborator)
Publication Date
May 19, 2011
Page count
Paper ISBN