Poems and festivals, art and artefact and the commemoration of Robert Burns, c.1844–c.1896'

Pittock, M. and Whatley, C. A. (2014) Poems and festivals, art and artefact and the commemoration of Robert Burns, c.1844–c.1896'. Scottish Historical Review, 93(1), pp. 56-79. (doi: 10.3366/shr.2014.0199)

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The following article examines the major Burns festivals of the nineteenth century, particularly the Ayr Festival of 1844, in the context of the wider creation of cultural memory through the monumental celebration of national heroes in these years. It argues both that what we now think of as Burns’ literary reputation was substantially created by iconic objects, celebrations and events, rather than literary criticism, and that the cultural memory of Burns was ultimately beyond the control of those who sought to stage-manage it. Given the centrality of Burns in Victorian Scotland, both conclusions have much wider implications both for literary canon formation and banal manifestations of cultural and national identity.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Pittock, Professor Murray and Whatley, Professor Christopher
Authors: Pittock, M., and Whatley, C. A.
Subjects:P Language and Literature > PE English
College/School:College of Arts > School of Critical Studies
College of Arts > School of Critical Studies > English Literature
Journal Name:Scottish Historical Review
Publisher:Edinburgh University Press
ISSN (Online):1750-0222

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Project CodeAward NoProject NamePrincipal InvestigatorFunder's NameFunder RefLead Dept
514141Robert Burns: Inventing Tradition and Securing Memory, 1796-1909Murray PittockArts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC)AH/H008586/1ARTS COLLEGE SENIOR MANAGEMENT