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

Michael Morris (Lead / Corresponding author)

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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.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)343-359
    Number of pages16
    JournalJournal for Eighteenth-Century Studies
    Volume37
    Issue number3
    Early online date29 Jul 2013
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - Sep 2014

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    slavery
    Jamaica
    eighteenth century
    ideology
    labor
    history
    Robert Burns
    Slavery
    Black Atlantic
    Scotland
    Scottish History
    Recovery
    Labor
    Ideology
    Entanglement
    Bard
    Paradox
    Abolition

    Keywords

    • Robert Burns
    • Scotland
    • black Atlantic
    • slavery
    • memory
    • indenture
    • abolition

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