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UI Press book looks at Scottish poet Robert Burns
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Robert Burns, the Scottish poet who often crossed swords
with church, language, literati, king, government, and, not least, himself,
is the subject of a new anthology of essays from the University of Iowa Press
exploring Burns' multi-faceted cultural legacy.
"Robert Burns and Cultural Authority," edited by Robert Crawford,
assembles an informed, and occasionally disputatious team to write about the
poet who did more than any other in his century to reinforce the art of verse
through vernacular voice.
Burns, who died in 1796 at the age of 37, has enjoyed a posthumous reception
by writers and critics in America and Britain that few poets can rival. The
author of "Auld Lang Syne," "The Selkirk Grace," Burns
wrote hundreds of songs and poems, many of them celebrating the lives led
by common people.
In areas as wide-ranging as gender, the aesthetics and politics of metrical
forms, international and national politics, and religion, essayists in the
collection explore the impact Burns has had on a variety of cultural institutions.
Contributors include Marilyn Butler, Robert Crawford, Douglas Dunn, Seamus
Heaney, A.L. Kennedy, Susan Manning, Kirsteen McCue, Carol McGuirk, Andrew
Nash, Alan Riach, and Nicholas Roe.
Robert Crawford is professor of modern Scottish literature at the University
of St. Andrews.
"Robert Burns and Cultural Authority" is available at bookstores
nationwide for $29.95 clothbound. The book can also be ordered from UI Press
by calling (319) 384-3807 (for calls within Johnson County) or 1-800-235-2665
(outside Johnson County).
Information is also available at the UI Press website: http://www.uiowa.edu/~uipress/