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Robert Burns: Recovering Scotland's Memory of the Black Atlantic

Morris, MJ (2014) Robert Burns: Recovering Scotland's Memory of the Black Atlantic. Journal for Eighteenth-Century Studies, 37 (3). pp. 343-359. ISSN 1754-0208

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This article contributes to the reassessment of Scottish history and identity in light of the recovery of its connections with black Atlantic issues such as slavery and empire. The ‘paradox’ of the national bard seeking employment as a book-keeper on Jamaica remains an uncomfortable area for modern Scotland. This article considers Burns's biographical and textual (dis-)entanglement with the Caribbean in relation to the subsequent competition over his memory. It reads Robert Burns as a lieu de mémoire (Pierre Nora) that opens up a conflicted account of the nature of free labour ideology, slavery and abolition in the late eighteenth century.

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Additional Information: This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: MORRIS, M. (2014), Robert Burns: Recovering Scotland's Memory of the Black Atlantic. Journal for Eighteenth Century Studies, 37: 343–359. This has been published in final form at doi:10.1111/1754-0208.12045. This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Self-Archiving
Uncontrolled Keywords: 2005 Literary Studies, 2103 Historical Studies
Subjects: P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General)
Divisions: Humanities & Social Science
Publisher: Wiley
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Date Deposited: 26 Jul 2017 08:57
Last Modified: 17 May 2022 15:19
DOI or ID number: 10.1111/1754-0208.12045
URI: https://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/6858
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