Self-curation, self-editing and audience construction by eighteenth-century Scots vernacular poets

Brown, R. (2019) Self-curation, self-editing and audience construction by eighteenth-century Scots vernacular poets. Journal for Eighteenth-Century Studies, 42(2), pp. 157-174. (doi: 10.1111/1754-0208.12605)

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This article analyses paratextual and self‐editing practices in the work of three eighteenth‐century Scots vernacular poets: Allan Ramsay, Robert Fergusson and Robert Burns. Taking the theories of paratext articulated by Gerard Genette and J. Hillis Miller as its starting‐point, the article considers the varying ways in which these three poets fashioned their own literary personae and, simultaneously, their audience, through prefaces, footnotes and glossing practice. It also explores the relationship between the three poets, analysing the ways in which Burns learned from both Ramsay and Fergusson, and how each navigated his place as poet in the literary market‐place.

Item Type:Articles
Keywords:Allan Ramsay, Robert Fergusson, Robert Burns, Scots vernacular poetry, eighteenth century, paratext.
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Brown, Dr Rhona
Authors: Brown, R.
Subjects:P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General)
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
Published Online:19 December 2018
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2018 The Author
First Published:First published in Journal for Eighteenth-Century Studies 2019
Publisher Policy:Reproduced under a Creative Commons License

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Project CodeAward NoProject NamePrincipal InvestigatorFunder's NameFunder RefLead Dept
3013220The Edinburgh Works of Allan RamsayMurray PittockArts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC)AH/P015093/1Arts - English Language and Linguistics