Gerard Carruthers will be presenting his paper, ‘Academics, Enthusiasts & Fraudsters: Challenges in Editing Robert Burns for the 21st Century’, at 5.15pm on Tuesday, 21 February 2012. The talk will take place in the Cardiff Humanities Building, Room 2.48.
The new Oxford University Press edition of the Collected Works of Robert Burns contributes to a recent academic maturity in Burns Studies. Over a long period, previously, there was mutual suspicion between academics and ‘amateurs’, but much of this hostility is now dissipating. However, Burns Studies remains prone to findings that cause heated debate and even ‘work’ that is remarkable for its fabrications. Using a number of specific textual examples, Gerry Carruthers (University of Glasgow) looks closely at this situation and also the curious context of Burnsian ‘cultural politics’ that seems to engender it.
About the speaker
Gerard Carruthers is Professor of Scottish Literature since 1700 at the University of Glasgow, Co-Director of the Centre for Robert Burns Studies and General Editor of the forthcoming Oxford University Press Edition of the Works of Robert Burns. He is has published articles on Scottish literature and print culture, the Enlightenment, Robert Burns and Muriel Spark; his books include Scottish Literature: A Critical Guide (2009) and Writers and their Works: Robert Burns (2006); and among his edited collections are The Edinburgh Companion to Robert Burns (2009), Fickle Man: Robert Burns in the 21st Century (2009) and English Romanticism and the Celtic World (2003). He has also prepared numerous scholarly editions, including Scottish Poems (2009), Robert Burns: The Fornicator’s Court (2009), The Devil to Stage: Five Plays by James Bridie and Walter Scott’s Reliquiae Trotocosiensis (2004).