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Robert Burns: Inventing Tradition and Securing Memory, 1796 - 1909

Robert Burns: Inventing Tradition and Securing Memory, 1796 - 1909

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Funded by:  AHRC

Main contact:  Professor Murray Pittock

Start date:  2010

Subject area:
English Literature - School of Critical Studies, College of Arts

Robert Burns: Inventing Tradition and Securing Memory, 1796-1909 is a project which operates on three levels. On the empirical level, it provides a web-based catalogue of public monuments to Robert Burns worldwide erected by 1909, with a selection of images from the same period, combined with a web-based classification of the different kinds of Burns-related material culture available commercially or for domestic use.

These datasets enable the whole range of images and items used in the transmission of Robert Burns' reputation into the sphere of cultural memory to be available for study or consultation in one place for the first time. This is a particularly important development, because Burns was one of the most commemorated of all poets, and the documentation of the full range of his memorialization through objects and public monuments provides an invaluable evidence base both for analysis and for the development of similar records of other writers.