Burns and Song: Four New Publications

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Review essay covering four significant new works:-
Ian Brown and Gerard Carruthers, ed., Performing Robert Burns: Enactments and Representations of the “National Bard”. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2021. Pp. vi + 210.
Katherine Campbell and Emily Lyle, Robert Burns and the Discovery and Re-Creation of Scottish Song. Musica Scotica Historical Studies of Scottish Music Volume 4. Glasgow: Musica Scotica Trust, 2020. Pp. xi + 233.
Morag J. Grant, Auld Lang Syne: A Song and Its Culture. Cambridge: Open Book Publishers, 2021. Pp. xvii + 335. E-book: https://books.openbookpublishers.com/10.11647/obp.0231.pdf
The Oxford Edition of the Works of Robert Burns, Volume 4: Robert Burns’s Songs for George Thomson. Edited by Kirsteen McCue. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2021. Pp. xcvi + 692.

For four significant scholarly works about one Scottish poet’s relationship to song to be published in the space of two years is, perhaps, unprecedented. However, it is less surprising when one considers that the subject is Scotland’s national poet, Robert Burns, and that there have recently been large British AHRC-funded research initiatives into his work. Despite the obvious overlap in subject matter, each of these four volumes offers a completely different angle on Burns’s songs.


Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)12-15
Number of pages3
JournalEighteenth Century Scotland
Publication statusPublished or Performed - 8 Jun 2022

Author keywords

  • Robert Burns, Book reviews