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Beside the Bard

Scottish Lowland Poetry in the Age of Burns

George S. Christian (author)

ISBN: 9781684481811

Publication Date: Mar 2020

Format: Paperback

Also available as: Hardback  

Argues that Scottish poetry in the age of Burns reclaims not a single past, dominated and overwritten by the unitary national language of an elite ruling class, but a past that conceptualizes the Scottish nation in terms of local self-identification, linguistic multiplicity, cultural and religious difference, and transnational affiliations.
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Beside the Bard argues that Scottish poetry in the age of Burns reclaims not a single past, dominated and overwritten by the unitary national language of an elite ruling class, but a past that conceptualizes the Scottish nation in terms of local self-identification, linguistic multiplicity, cultural and religious difference, and transnational political and cultural affiliations. This fluid conception of the nation may accommodate a post-Union British self-identification, but it also recognizes the instrumental and historically contingent nature of "Britishness." Whether male or female, loyalist or radical, literati or autodidacts, poets such as Alexander Wilson, Carolina Olyphant, Robert Tannahill, and John Lapraik, among others, adamantly refuse to imagine a single nation, British or otherwise, instead preferring an open, polyvocal field, on which they can stage new national and personal formations and fight new revolutions. In this sense, "Scotland" is a revolutionary category, always subject to creative destruction and reformation.
Pages 261
Dimensions 235 x 156
Date Published 30 Mar 2020
Publisher Bucknell University Press
Series Transits: Literature, Thought & Culture 1650-1850
Subject/s Literary studies: general   Literary studies: poetry & poets   Literary companions  
George S. Christian teaches British and world literature at the University of Texas at Austin. He holds a law degree and doctorates in English and History from the University of Texas and practices law in Austin. He has published articles in Nineteenth-Century Studies, The Hardy Review, Dickens Studies Annual, LIT: Literature Interpretation, Theory, European Romantic Review, and other scholarly journals. He and his wife, Betsy Christian, have also authored two books on Texas history for children and young adults.

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