Category: Project PhDs

Robert Burns’s ‘Tam o’ Shanter’ – Happy Halloween!

This Halloween, we thought we’d share what interests us about Burns’s most famous and most eerie tale: ‘Tam o’ Shanter’.   Conception and Publication ‘Tam o’ Shanter’ was written at the suggestion of the...

Walt Whitman on Robert Burns?

What did the man often named ‘America’s Bard’ think of his poetic predecessor from Scotland? I have written a new essay on Whitman’s opinions of Robert Burns for the Walt Whitman Quarterly Review. Click...

The Transatlantic Voyage of Robert Burns’s Poetry

As part of the Scottish Graduate School For the Arts and Humanties incentive for researchers to ‘showcase’ their work to wider audiences through innovative and accesible means, I produced a short animation depicting some...

‘Love’ Across the Atlantic: Doc Watson, Robert Burns & ‘ A Red Red Rose’

  American Folk musician ‘Doc Watson’ was born Arthel Lane Watson on 3rd March 1923 in Deep Gap, North Carolina. As a young boy, he was struck by an illness that restricted the blood...

‘Auld Lang Syne’ – A new recording for Hogmanay 2014/15

As we approach Hogmanay 2014/15, the ‘Editing Robert Burns for the 21st Century’ team have been thinking about the different ways in which ‘Auld Lang Syne’, Burns’s most universally famous song, has been remembered...

Burns and Language: Heat

We are edging close to December now, but if you’re anything like me you will be getting annoyed at all the shops for talking of Christmas too early. So I shall refrain from surfing the yule...

Burns and Language: Halloween

If you are reading this, we have survived Halloween and all the “ghaists and houlets” are safely gone for another year! The folklore surrounding Halloween did appear to interest Robert Burns, even if only...

Burns and Language: Autumn

It’s getting colder this time of year as Autumn has us firmly in its grasp. There is a noticeable change in the atmosphere, from the great summer we have had, when we venture outdoors....

Burns and Language: Sorry

Word of the Week: Sorry   The Robert Burns Word of the Week is back! I am very sorry there hasn’t been a Word of the Week recently. The events of PhD life overtook...

Researching Robert Burns at The Library of Congress

  An interview about researching Robert Burns at the John W. Kluge Centre in The Library of Congress. Read the full transcript here.