Beyond text: Burns, Byron and their material cultural afterlife

Pittock, M. and Mackay, P. (2011) Beyond text: Burns, Byron and their material cultural afterlife. Byron Journal, 39(2), pp. 149-162. (doi: 10.3828/bj.2011.18)

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Building on research recently undertaken as part of the Arts and Humanities Research Council funded Beyond Text project titled ‘Robert Burns: Inventing Tradition and Securing Memory, 1796–1909’, this essay demonstrates the role played by material culture in preserving and creating the reputation and cultural memory of Burns, then undertakes a comparative study of the role played by a selection of memorabilia in the cultural after­ life of Byron, signalling the way in which this kind of research can be implemented well beyond the study of Burnsiana. Arguing that the evidence points to a provisional contrast between the afterlives of these two particular poets – namely that Burns projected a nation to the world while Byron projected the world to a nation – the essay suggests that much is to be gained more widely from an understanding of the way in which a variety of materials ‘beyond text’ create and preserve the cultural memory of poets and their works.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Mackay, Dr Pauline and Pittock, Professor Murray
Authors: Pittock, M., and Mackay, P.
College/School:College of Arts & Humanities > School of Critical Studies > Scottish Literature
Research Group:Centre for Robert Burns Studies
Journal Name:Byron Journal
ISSN (Online):1757-0263

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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