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Performing Robert Burns: Enactments and Representations of the 'National Bard'

Ian Brown and Gerard Carruthers


This pioneering book explores varieties of performance – and their contexts – of Burns’s texts, specifically in song, in his local theatre and in public ceremonies or dramatisations of his work. It discusses how aspects of such performances mediate versions of ‘Robert Burns’. It begins by paying close attention to how editors shape perceptions of Burns and his work by providing versions and selections of texts which become the ‘script’ through which performance of ‘Robert Burns’ is based. Eminent experts address how Burns has become both subject and object of performance since his death, throu ... More

Keywords: Robert Burns, Performance and performativity, Popular celebration, Burns and song, Editing, archiving and representing Burns, Burns as ‘National Bard’

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2021 Print ISBN-13: 9781474457149
Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: May 2022 DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9781474457149.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Ian Brown, editor
Kingston University

Gerard Carruthers, editor
Glasgow University