Robert Burns on the twentieth-century stage

Brown, R. (2021) Robert Burns on the twentieth-century stage. In: Brown, I. and Carruthers, G. (eds.) Performing Robert Burns: Enactments and Representations of the ‘National Bard’. Edinburgh University Press: Edinburgh, pp. 120-136. ISBN 9781474457149

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This chapter analyses the various representations of Robert Burns's life and works in three twentieth-century plays: H. Fletcher Lee's Robert Burns: A Play in Three Acts (1926), Robert Kemp's The Other Dear Charmer (1951) and Tom Wright's There Was a Man (1965). It argues that, contrary to critical consensus, Burns's poems and songs deeply inform these portrayals of his life on the stage; indeed, the chapter finds that representations of Burns by Lee, Kemp and Fletcher influence the poet's reception in literary criticism.

Item Type:Book Sections
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
P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General) > PN2000 Dramatic representation. The Theater
College/School:College of Arts > School of Critical Studies > Scottish Literature
Publisher:Edinburgh University Press

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Project CodeAward NoProject NamePrincipal InvestigatorFunder's NameFunder RefLead Dept
173717Editing Robert Burns for the 21st Century: Correspondence & PoetryGerard CarruthersArts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC)AH/P004946/1Arts - Scottish Literature