'Tam o' Shanter' and aesthetic cultural nationalism

McKeever, G. L. (2016) 'Tam o' Shanter' and aesthetic cultural nationalism. Studies in Scottish Literature, 42(1), pp. 31-48.

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Abstract

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.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Mckeever, Dr Gerard Lee
Authors: McKeever, G. L.
College/School:College of Arts > School of Critical Studies > Scottish Literature
Journal Name:Studies in Scottish Literature
Publisher:University of South Carolina
ISSN:0039-3770
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2016 The Author
First Published:First published in Studies in Scottish Literature 42(1):31-48
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher

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