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LITERATURE, CULTURE, ART, AND MUSIC
10 June 2017
David Hume Tower,
University of Edinburgh,
‘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.
||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)
• 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)
• 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)
• The Allan Ramsay Edition (Murray Pittock)
||Close of conference; ASLS AGM
Image: “A Highland Dance” (detail), by David Allan (1744–1796).
Last updated 23 May 2017.