Literary communities and commemorations in the Edinburgh Cape Club

Brown, R. (2015) Literary communities and commemorations in the Edinburgh Cape Club. Journal for Eighteenth-Century Studies, 38(4), pp. 525-539. 12348. (doi: 10.1111/1754-0208.12348)

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This article examines the roles of literature and poets in Edinburgh's Cape Club towards the end of the eighteenth century. It examines the club's manuscript collection of songs and poems, including a long narrative poem on its history entitled ‘The Capeiad’, to demonstrate that literature had simultaneously celebratory, commemorative and moralistic functions within the Cape's private world. It analyses the club's yearly literary ‘jubilees’, which memorialise James Thomson, author of The Seasons, and William Shakespeare, to reveal the literary networks at play in the Cape, thereby demonstrating that literature is central to its community.

Item Type:Articles
Keywords:Cape Club, eighteenth-century Edinburgh, literary networks, literary commemorations, club poetry and song
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Brown, Dr Rhona
Authors: Brown, R.
Subjects:P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General) > PN0441 Literary History
College/School:College of Arts > School of Critical Studies > Scottish Literature
Journal Name:Journal for Eighteenth-Century Studies
Journal Abbr.:JECS
ISSN (Online):1754-0208

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Project CodeAward NoProject NamePrincipal InvestigatorFunder's NameFunder RefLead Dept
672741Eighteenth-Century Scottish Authors and the Periodical Press, c.1720-c.1820Rhona BrownThe Carnegie Trust for the Universities of Scotland (CARNEGIE)31832CRIT - SCOTTISH LITERATURE