‘The Genius of Scotland: the Cultural Production of Robert Burns, 1785–1834’ by Corey E. Andrews

The Genius of Scotland is an impressively thorough survey of the reception of Burns’s verse and the cultural context which shaped that reception. The first chapter explains the Scottish Enlightenment theories of ‘genius’ which Burns’s emergence was taken to vindicate. Subsequent chapters describe the flurry of reviews that greeted the Kilmarnock and Edinburgh editions of Poems, Chiefly […]

Reading Waverley in 2014

The producers of TV and radio programmes love a good centenary, and this summer provided them with a real peach: the outbreak of the First World War in 1914. Readers of Scottish fiction marked another, happier anniversary. On 7 July 1814 appeared for sale in Edinburgh an anonymous novel set in the Jacobite Rising of […]


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