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SCOTLAND 1715–1780

10 June 2017

David Hume Tower,
University of Edinburgh,
Edinburgh, Scotland

‘Scotland 1715–1780: Literature, Culture, Art and Music’ looks at the period immediately preceding the so-called vernacular revival of Allan Ramsay, Robert Fergusson and Robert Burns. The conference will explore many aspects of Scottish culture from the period: from theatre and art to poetry and song in English, Scots and Gaelic; from print culture and antiquarianism to the afterlives of major Scottish literary figures. This multifaceted approach will show the vibrancy of this pivotal moment in Scotland’s history.


9:45–10:15am: Registration; coffee/tea
10:15–11:30: Welcome; Session One
Misconceptions about Scottish Poetry of the Eighteenth Century (Gerard Carruthers)
‘A passionate attachment’: Collection as Self-definition (Valentina Bold)
Allan Ramsay and Edinburgh: Memories of the Poet in the City of Forgetting (Craig Lamont)
11:30–11:45: Coffee/tea
11:45–12:45pm: Session Two
Gaelic Print Culture and Gaelic Women’s Poetry in the Eighteenth Century (Kate Mathis)
‘The Book o’ Maybes is very braid’: Ramsay’s Scots Proverbs and Enlightenment Print Culture (Ronnie Young)
12:45–1:45pm: Lunch
1:45–3:00: Session Three
Poet’s Son and King’s Painter: Allan Ramsay in the Scottish National Collection (Helen Smailes)
Lessons and the Practice of Singing: Italianisms, Fashion and the Scottish Air (Brianna E. Robertson-Kirkland)
Ramsay as Theatre Impresario and the Rise and Rise of Theatre in Edinburgh (Ian Brown)
3:00–3:15: Coffee/tea
The Allan Ramsay Edition (Murray Pittock)
3:45: Close of conference; ASLS AGM


Image: “A Highland Dance” (detail), by David Allan (1744–1796).


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