"New Approaches to Robert Burns and Scottish Studies" for ASECS 2011 - abstracts due Sept 15, 2010

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Sharon Alker, Department of English, Whitman College
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2009 marked the 250th anniversary of the birth of the Scottish poet Robert Burns. In honour of the occasion, the Scottish government, in conjunction with Visit Scotland, declared 2009 to be the year of Homecoming in Scotland. Clearly, Burns continues to dominate the image of contemporary Scotland. But, despite, or perhaps because of this popular celebrity, Burns has, until very recently, been less enthusiastically received in the academy. In Scottish and Irish Romanticism , for example, Murray Pittock maps the "erasure of Robert Burns from the literary history of the Romantic period" over the last sixty years. This panel invites papers that consider Burns' fortunes in eighteenth-century studies and that offer new critical perspectives on Burns and on Scottish studies in general. How, for example, might transatlantic studies reconfigure our readings of Burns and his influence abroad? How might globalization studies realign our understanding of Burns as the national poet of Scotland? What perspectives can gender studies offer on Burns' hypermasculinity? How does Burns challenge our notions of the history of literary studies?

Please send brief abstracts by September 15th, 2010 to alkersr@whitman.edu