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Translations Of Robert Burns In The Russian Book Market: The Old And The New, Natalia Kaloh Vid Dec 2018

Translations Of Robert Burns In The Russian Book Market: The Old And The New, Natalia Kaloh Vid

Studies in Scottish Literature

Discusses the influence of Samuil Marshak's long-dominant Russian translations of Robert Burns's poems and the more recent anthologies and translations that "broke the Marshak monopoly," and briefly examines why, in publishing terms, the Marshak translations are still the most widely available.


An Ssl Research Symposium: Introduction: New Developments In Robert Burns Bibliography, Gerard Carruthers Dec 2017

An Ssl Research Symposium: Introduction: New Developments In Robert Burns Bibliography, Gerard Carruthers

Studies in Scottish Literature

Introduces four talks given at the National Library of Scotland on March 16, 2017, at a workshop on New Developments in Robert Burns Bibliography, jointly convened by Robert Betteridge of the National Library and by Prof. Carruthers, as general editor of the AHRC-funded project Editing Robert Burns for the 21st Century, arguing that "every bit as much as literary criticism or textual editing, bibliographical studies need generational renewal."


Towards A New Bibliography Of Robert Burns, Craig Lamont Dec 2017

Towards A New Bibliography Of Robert Burns, Craig Lamont

Studies in Scottish Literature

Introduces and describes the first phase of a new, free on-line resource from the University of Glasgow, A Bibliography of Robert Burns for the 21st Century: 1786-1802, based on fresh examination of multiple copies in several Scottish libraries, as well as in collections in the US and Canada, providing significantly-expanded entries for the early book-publication of Burns's poetry, and so allowing textual editors a more complete record of the textual history of Burns's work.


The Scotch Bard And 'The Planting Line': New Documents On Burns And Jamaica, Clark Mcginn Dec 2017

The Scotch Bard And 'The Planting Line': New Documents On Burns And Jamaica, Clark Mcginn

Studies in Scottish Literature

Based on newly-identified documents, reexamines Burns's plan in 1786 to emigrate to Jamaica to take a job on a Scottish-owned slave plantation, and the timing and circumstances of his eventual decision to stay in Scotland, concluding that Burns "kept his options open to the last moment," and that the new documents might mean Burns "sought to prosper from chattel slavery," and "only dropped the opportunity because a better offer came along, not because of any moral scruples."


'Not In Egerer'? (Some Of) What We Still Don't Know About Burns Bibliography, Patrick Scott Dec 2017

'Not In Egerer'? (Some Of) What We Still Don't Know About Burns Bibliography, Patrick Scott

Studies in Scottish Literature

Briefly reviews developments in Burns bibliography since J.W. Egerer's Bibliography of Robert Burns (1964), examines the kinds of material that Egerer aimed to include and exclude, and presents a series of brief case-studies illustrating the desirability of additional research, especially on early publication in non-book formats, for obtaining a fuller picture of Burns's textual history and readership.


Robert Burns In Print At The National Library Of Scotland, Robert Betteridge Dec 2017

Robert Burns In Print At The National Library Of Scotland, Robert Betteridge

Studies in Scottish Literature

Discusses the early Burns editions now in the National Library of Scotland, compares the NLS holdings to those of other major UK research libraries, examines the limited role of the deposit privilege in bring early Burns editions to the Advocates' Library before the founding of the NLS, and provides examples of significant early editions that were subsequently acquired for the library by purchase and donation.


Burns And Chapbooks: A Bibliographer's Twilight Zone, Iain Beavan Dec 2017

Burns And Chapbooks: A Bibliographer's Twilight Zone, Iain Beavan

Studies in Scottish Literature

Based on records for 358 chapbooks containing material by Robert Burns, published in Scotland, England and Ireland, between the 1780s and the 1880s, provides statistical information on their distribution by date and place of publication, and discusses some of the special research issues raised by this publication format, especially relating to the attribution (and misattribution) of authorship.


Scotland And The Caribbean, Jo Durant Dec 2016

Scotland And The Caribbean, Jo Durant

Studies in Scottish Literature

Discusses (and summarizes) Michael Morris's recent book Scotland and the Caribbean, c. 1740-1833, concluding that it should be welcomed, not only as an introduction to specific writers, but as a good introduction to recent debates on the legacy of Caribbean slavery, as seen from a Scottish perspective.


Books Noted And Received, Patrick G. Scott Nov 2016

Books Noted And Received, Patrick G. Scott

Studies in Scottish Literature

Short reviews or brief notices of seventeen books published or received since publication of Studies in Scottish Literature, 42:1 (Spring 2016).


Tam O' Shanter And Aesthetic Cultural Nationalism, Gerard Lee Mckeever May 2016

Tam O' Shanter And Aesthetic Cultural Nationalism, Gerard Lee Mckeever

Studies in Scottish Literature

Drawing on recent debates about Burns and Scottish romanticism, particularly comments by Murray Pittock, Nigel Leask, and Ian Duncan, discusses the pivotal scene in Robert Burns's poem "Tam o' Shanter," in which Tam's vision of the witches' carnival is framed by the window of Alloway Kirk, and argues that this can be read as a framing and aestheticization not only of folk heritage, but of a national self-image, a recalibration of nationhood.


'As I Walk'd By Mysel': A Burns Autograph Manuscript And The Problem Of Attribution, Patrick G. Scott May 2016

'As I Walk'd By Mysel': A Burns Autograph Manuscript And The Problem Of Attribution, Patrick G. Scott

Studies in Scottish Literature

Describes and illustrates Robert Burns's autograph manuscript of the song "As I walk'd by mysel'" (Kinsley 686), reviews the issues and problems in attributing manuscript songs to Burns, traces the provenance of the unique manuscript, and compares the Burns version to that published by David Herd's Antient and Modern Scotish Songs (1776 etc.), concluding that the manuscript was sent by Burns to James Johnson for possible inclusion in the Scots Musical Museum, and that, while the song is not original with Burns, he may have tinkered with specific phrases to improve it.


The W. Ormiston Roy Memorial Lecture: Who Wrote The Scots Musical Museum? Challenging Editorial Practice In The Presence Of Authorial Absence, Murray Pittock May 2016

The W. Ormiston Roy Memorial Lecture: Who Wrote The Scots Musical Museum? Challenging Editorial Practice In The Presence Of Authorial Absence, Murray Pittock

Studies in Scottish Literature

James Johnson’s Scots Musical Museum, published in six parts in Edinburgh over the period 1787-1803, is now inextricably linked to its greatest contributor, the poet, song-writer and song-collector Robert Burns. This lecture builds from Murray Pittock’s recent editorial work on Johnson’s collection, forthcoming in the new multivolume Oxford Edition of Robert Burns, based at the University of Glasgow. The lecture shows that the apparently-innocent question “Who wrote the Scots Musical Museum?” is a complex one, raising very fundamental questions about the nature of authorship and editorship in the necessarily collaborative and social enterprise of song publication, and ...


Radical Attribution: Robert Burns And 'The Liberty Tree', Corey E. Andrews Dec 2015

Radical Attribution: Robert Burns And 'The Liberty Tree', Corey E. Andrews

Studies in Scottish Literature

Discusses the political symbolism of liberty trees in the American and French revolutions, and in Scotland in Burns's period, as background to reconsidering the song "The Liberty Tree," first printed among Burns's work by Robert Chambers in 1838, the authorship of which has remained a subject for debate among Burnsians; examines the song closely in terms of phrasing to argue that it is unlikely to be by Burns; and draws a distinction between attributing the song to Burns and its evident reliance on his iconic standing both in his own time and among later Scottish radicals.


'Epitaph' On Grizzel Grim: A Newly-Discovered Manuscript In The Hand Of Robert Burns, Jonathan Henderson, Pauline Mackay, Pamela Mcintyre Dec 2015

'Epitaph' On Grizzel Grim: A Newly-Discovered Manuscript In The Hand Of Robert Burns, Jonathan Henderson, Pauline Mackay, Pamela Mcintyre

Studies in Scottish Literature

Describes and reproduces a newly-discovered Burns manuscript, with notes and numerical calculations relating to his work as an Excise Officer, and the four-line 'Epitaph' on Grizzel Grim (Kinsley II:926); discusses its publication history, attribution to Burns, and relation to Burns's ballad of similar title; gives a collation of variant readings; and transcribes related notes about the manuscript from the Craufurdland Castle papers.


The First Publication Of Burns's 'Tam O' Shanter', Bill Dawson Nov 2014

The First Publication Of Burns's 'Tam O' Shanter', Bill Dawson

Studies in Scottish Literature

Examines the early publication history of Robert Burns's poem "Alloway Kirk" or "Tam o' Shanter," which Burns wrote for Francis Grose's illustrated Antiquities of Scotl;and (1789-1791), describing Grose's method of publication in parts, restoring the priority of Grose's publication of the poem, and refuting assertions that the poem has appeared slightly earlier in two Edinburgh periodicals.


An Autograph Manuscript Of Robert Burns’S “Afton Braes”, Patrick G. Scott Nov 2014

An Autograph Manuscript Of Robert Burns’S “Afton Braes”, Patrick G. Scott

Studies in Scottish Literature

Describes and illustrates the autograph manuscript of the song "Afton Braes" ("Flow gently, sweet Afton"), by the Scottish poet Robert Burns (1759-1796), recently acquired by the G. Ross Roy Collection, University of South Carolina Libraries, giving a collation of variants against the other major sources, examining the paper's watermark and excise stamping, and exploring both the provenance of the manuscript itself and its significance for the University of South Carolina.


'They Gang In Stirks And Come Out Asses': Creative Writing And Scottish Studies, Liam Mcilvanney Nov 2014

'They Gang In Stirks And Come Out Asses': Creative Writing And Scottish Studies, Liam Mcilvanney

Studies in Scottish Literature

Recounts the experience as a student of the New Zealand poet James K. Baxter and discusses the interrelation of creative writing and literary scholarship, in Scottish universities and in New Zealand.


Wraiths, Rhetoric, And "The Sin Of Rhyme"" The Shaping Of The Burns Of The Kilmarnock Edition, Kenneth G. Simpson Aug 2013

Wraiths, Rhetoric, And "The Sin Of Rhyme"" The Shaping Of The Burns Of The Kilmarnock Edition, Kenneth G. Simpson

Studies in Scottish Literature

Discusses rhetorical self-consciousness in letters and poems of the Scottish poet Robert Burns (1759-1796), in contrast to earlier simplified romantic portrayals, and draws a comparison between Burns and Montaigne.


Books Received, John T. Knox, Patrick G. Scott Aug 2013

Books Received, John T. Knox, Patrick G. Scott

Studies in Scottish Literature

Publication details and short descriptions of over thirty recently-published books in Scottish literature and related fields.


The Missing Manuscript Of Robert Burns's "Patriarch" Letter, Gerard Carruthers, Pauline Mackay Aug 2013

The Missing Manuscript Of Robert Burns's "Patriarch" Letter, Gerard Carruthers, Pauline Mackay

Studies in Scottish Literature

Reports the discovery of a previously-lost early transcription of a Burns letter, held by a private owner in Dumfries, records its textual variants, and discusses its relation to the previously-known versions on which editors have had to rely.


Robert Burns, James Johnson, And The Manuscript Of "The German Lairdie", Patrick G. Scott Aug 2013

Robert Burns, James Johnson, And The Manuscript Of "The German Lairdie", Patrick G. Scott

Studies in Scottish Literature

Reports, illustrates, and assesses a fragment of manuscript music now in the G. Ross Roy Collection at the University of South Carolina, for Burns's song "The German Lairdie," headed in Burns's hand, and possibly with the music in his hand also. A note with the fragment, which was exhibited as Burns's autograph in 1896, states that it had been sent by Burns to the Edinburgh editor and publisher James Johnson, for inclusion in his Scots Musical Museum.


Prelims, Prefatory Note To Ssl 37, Preface To Robert Burns & Friends, Patrick G. Scott, Anthony Jarrells, Kenneth G. Simpson Jul 2013

Prelims, Prefatory Note To Ssl 37, Preface To Robert Burns & Friends, Patrick G. Scott, Anthony Jarrells, Kenneth G. Simpson

Studies in Scottish Literature

Prefatory note by Patrick Scott and Tony Jarrells, preface by Patrick Scott and Kenneth Simpson


Footnoted Folklore: Robert Burns's "Hallowe'en", Corey E. Andrews Jul 2013

Footnoted Folklore: Robert Burns's "Hallowe'en", Corey E. Andrews

Studies in Scottish Literature

Examines Robert Burns's poem "Hallowe'en," first published in the Kilmarnock edition (1786), both in relation to its background in Scottish folklore and in terms of the way Burns presented it on the page, with numerous footnotes, arguing that "throughout the poem Burns acts as a participant observer in the classic anthropological sense."


"Epistolary Performances": Burns And The Arts Of The Letter, Kenneth G. Simpson Aug 2012

"Epistolary Performances": Burns And The Arts Of The Letter, Kenneth G. Simpson

Studies in Scottish Literature

The letters written by the Scottish poet Robert Burns (1759-17960 show a self-conscious writer, who relished the craft of letter-writing and the role-playing that it allowed him. Examines letters that Burns wrote to Dr. John Moore, Margaret Chalmers, and others, and suggests a kinship between Burns as letter-writer and the letters and novels of Laurence Sterne.


On Editing The Merry Muses, Valentina Bold Aug 2012

On Editing The Merry Muses, Valentina Bold

Studies in Scottish Literature

Discusses the sources and issues in reediting the late 18th century Scottish song collection, The Merry Muses of Caledonia (1799), in connection the 50th anniversary of the first modern scholarly edition, edited by Sydney Goodsir Smith, James Barke, and J. Delancey Ferguson in 1959.


"The Poor Man's Friend In Need": Baird, Burns And Miller, David Robb Aug 2012

"The Poor Man's Friend In Need": Baird, Burns And Miller, David Robb

Studies in Scottish Literature

Surveys the career of the Rev. George Baird (1761-1840), principal of the University of Edinburgh and minister of Edinburgh's High Kirk, assessing Baird's edition of the poems of Michael Bruce (1796), tracing his early encounter with the Scottish poet Robert Burns and his later connection with the self-educated Scottish writer and geologist Hugh Miller, and describing his efforts to relieve destitution and improve education in the west and north of Scotland and his extensive travels on behalf of the General Assembly's Highlands and Islands Committee.


Alexander Mclachlan: The "Robert Burns" Of Canada, Edward J. Cowan Aug 2012

Alexander Mclachlan: The "Robert Burns" Of Canada, Edward J. Cowan

Studies in Scottish Literature

Surveys the career of the Scottish-Canadian poet Alexander McLachlan (1820-1896), the "Robert Burns of Canada," examining both his political poems, which are shown to have continuing interest, and his often-sentimental emigrant poetry and poems about Scottish life.


A Passion For Scholarship & Collecting: The G. Ross Roy Collection Of Robert Burns & Scottish Literature, Thomas Keith Aug 2012

A Passion For Scholarship & Collecting: The G. Ross Roy Collection Of Robert Burns & Scottish Literature, Thomas Keith

Studies in Scottish Literature

Pays tribute to G. Ross Roy as book collector, describing the origins and growth of the Robert Burns collection begun by his grandfather W. Ormiston Roy (1874-1958), of Montreal, Canada, but greatly developed by Professor Roy, before finding a permanent home in the University's Irvin Department of Rare Books.& Special Collections. Notes the range of Scottish authors now included in the collection and describes briefly many of the most distinctive and important Burns items.


On Translating Burns: A Heavenly Paradise And Two Versions Of "A Red, Red, Rose", Marco Fazzini Aug 2012

On Translating Burns: A Heavenly Paradise And Two Versions Of "A Red, Red, Rose", Marco Fazzini

Studies in Scottish Literature

Discusses, and prints, two different verse-translations from Scots into Italian of Robert Burns's well-known song "O, My Luve is Like a Red, Red, Rose," with brief comment on earlier Italian Burns translations. .


"Tongues Turned Inside Out": The Reception Of "Tam O' Shanter", Gerard Carruthers Aug 2012

"Tongues Turned Inside Out": The Reception Of "Tam O' Shanter", Gerard Carruthers

Studies in Scottish Literature

Examines the dramatic poem "Tam o' Shanter", by Robert Burns, with especial focus on the significance of the lines that Alexander Fraser Tytler had criticized when Burns sent him a proof copy of the poem, and that Burns subsequently omitted.