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Shakespeare and Burns: Making and Memorialising ‘National Poets’

Shakespeare and Burns: Making and Memorialising ‘National Poets’ This article compares the ways Shakespeare and Burns have been placed on pedestals, shaping our memory of them as national poets. It reviews how each came to represent in different ways ‘national bardship’, identifying a range of public events and statues raised which set the poets’ specific memorialised contexts. It contrasts the localism of Shakespeare memorial activities in Stratford with Burns Suppers as worldwide phenomena as marking a difference between the significance of each as poets ‘of the people’. It explicates ways in which Shakespeare came to embody ‘Britain-as-England’ while Burns embodied ‘Scottishness’ both within ‘Britishness’ and internationally. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Burns Chronicle Edinburgh University Press

Shakespeare and Burns: Making and Memorialising ‘National Poets’

Burns Chronicle , Volume 131 (2): 17 – Sep 1, 2022

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Publisher
Edinburgh University Press
Copyright
Copyright © Edinburgh University Press
ISSN
1365-7518
eISSN
2634-7059
DOI
10.3366/burns.2022.0057
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Abstract

This article compares the ways Shakespeare and Burns have been placed on pedestals, shaping our memory of them as national poets. It reviews how each came to represent in different ways ‘national bardship’, identifying a range of public events and statues raised which set the poets’ specific memorialised contexts. It contrasts the localism of Shakespeare memorial activities in Stratford with Burns Suppers as worldwide phenomena as marking a difference between the significance of each as poets ‘of the people’. It explicates ways in which Shakespeare came to embody ‘Britain-as-England’ while Burns embodied ‘Scottishness’ both within ‘Britishness’ and internationally.

Journal

Burns ChronicleEdinburgh University Press

Published: Sep 1, 2022

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