While recent scholarship has usefully positioned Burns within the context of British Romanticism as a spokesperson of Scottish national identity, Robert Burns and Transatlantic Culture considers Burns's impact in the United States, Canada, and South America, where he has served variously as a site of cultural memory and of creative negotiation. Ambitious in its scope, the volume is divided into five sections that explore: transatlantic concerns in Burns's own work, Burns's early publication in North America, Burns's reception in the Americas, Burns's creation as a site of cultural memory, and extra-literary remediations of Burns, including contemporary digital representations. By tracing the transatlantic modulations of the poet and songwriter and his works, Robert Burns and Transatlantic Culture sheds new light on the circuits connecting Scotland and Britain with the evolving cultures of the Americas from the late eighteenth century to the present.

chapter |15 pages


“Ae [‘Electric'] Spark o' Nature's Fire”: Reading Burns Across the Atlantic
ByLeith Davis, Holly Faith Nelson, Sharon Alker

part 1|35 pages

Burns's Transatlantic Concerns

chapter 2|21 pages

Burns, Scotland, and the American Revolution

ByAndrew Noble

part 2|31 pages

Burns and New World Print Networks

part 3|61 pages

Reading Burns in the Americas

chapter 5|12 pages

Burns's Political Reputation in North America

ByGerard Carruthers

chapter 6|18 pages

America's Bard1

ByRobert Crawford

chapter 7|14 pages

The Presence of Robert Burns in Victorian and Edwardian Canada

ByCarole Gerson, Susan Wilson

chapter 8|15 pages

Robert Burns and Latin America

ByNigel Leask

part 4|59 pages

Robert Burns and Transatlantic Cultural Memory

part 5|54 pages

Remediating Burns in Transatlantic Culture

chapter 12|24 pages

Burns in the Park: A Tale of Three Monuments1

ByMichael E. Vance

chapter 14|14 pages

Transatlanticism and Beyond: Robert Burns and the World Wide Web

BySharon Alker, Holly Faith Nelson