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Funded by: AHRC
Main contact: Professor Murray Pittock
Start date: 2009
English Literature - School of Critical Studies, College of Arts
The Global Burns Network was developed with support from the Arts and Humanities Research Council in the UK in 2007. Drawing on the expertise of colleagues in England, Scotland, Ireland, Catalonia/Spain, the Czech Republic, France, Germany and Canada, its aims are as follows:
1. to use the 2009 Robert Burns anniversary as a focal point in order to raise our understanding of the nature and scale of Burns' international profile and influence.
2. by doing so, to change our understanding of the critical importance of Robert Burns
3. to investigate the reasons behind the huge disparity in critical interest in and regard for Burns before and after 1945
4. to consider the impact of Burns in global culture in the context of the Scottish Government's Year of Homecoming 2009
5. to disseminate research findings in the following areas: the Reception of Burns in other literatures and cultures; the impact of Burns on images of Scotland in these cultures; the cultural and social presence of Burns: statues, Burns Suppers and the Burns Federation and their roles in the poet's continuing international influence.