Allan Ramsay and the decolonisation of genre

Pittock, M. (2007) Allan Ramsay and the decolonisation of genre. Review of English Studies, 58(235), pp. 316-337. (doi:10.1093/res/hgl138)

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Publisher's URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/res/hgl138

Abstract

This article argues that Allan Ramsay's earlier reputation as an avatar of Romantic practice has been lost in the critical turn of the post-war era. More recently, the renewed trend towards historicising Romanticism has contributed to increasing interest in Ramsay as an early collector and adapter of popular forms: but these accounts have not explored the range or depth of his innovation in not only bringing song-collecting into the canon, but also inflecting elite genres into vernacular forms and ironically commenting on Addisonian politeness through the creation of a synthetic Scots. ‘Allan Ramsay and the Decolonization of Genre’ examines Ramsay's work in these areas in the cultural and political context of the Edinburgh of his day, focussing in particular on his use of elegy and pastoral to define the concerns and shape of a future Scottish literature.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Pittock, Professor Murray
Authors: Pittock, M.
Subjects:P Language and Literature > PR English literature
College/School:College of Arts > School of Critical Studies > English Literature
Journal Name:Review of English Studies
ISSN:0034-6551
ISSN (Online):1471-6968
Published Online:04 May 2007

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