INTRODUCTION: 'THE HEAVEN-TAUGHT PLOUGHMAN' ; 1. Burns and the 'New Husbandry' ; 2. Scots Pastoral ; 3. The Making of a Poet ; 4. Pastoral Politics ; 5. Beasties ; 6. Hellfire and Commonsense ; 7. The Annals of the Poor ; 8. The Deil and the Exciseman ; 9. Across the Shadow Line: Burns and British Romanticism ; BIBLIOGRAPHY ; INDEX
Nigel Leask was appointed to Glasgow's Regius Chair of English Language and Literature in 2004, and is currently Head of the School of Critical Studies. He was previously Reader in Romantic Literature in the English Faculty at Cambridge University. He has published widely in the area of Romantic literature and culture, with a special emphasis on empire, orientalism, and travel writing, as well as Scottish literature and thought 1750-1850. His most recent book, Robert Burns and Pastoral: Poetry and Improvement in Late-18th Century Scotland (Oxford University Press, 2010) won the Saltire Prize for the best Scottish Research Book of 2010. He has also taught at the universities of Bologna and the UNAM, Mexico City. He is a Fellow of the British Academy and of the Royal Society of Edinburgh.
This excellent book on Robert Burns offers a rich new contribution to the cultural and intellectual history of the Scottish Enlightenment. * Fredrik Albritton Jonsson, Modern Philology * Burnss relationship with British Romanticism requires further attention, and Leasks book will surely become the focal point of that discussion for some years. * David Stewart, Jason Whittaker, and Christopher Machell, Years Work in English Studies * This is a wonderfully satisfying book - beautifully conceived and executed, intellectually challenging and enlightening, and a delight to read. * Susan Manning, Scottish Literary Review * Review from previous edition Hugely informative. * Fiona Stafford, BARS Bulletin 39 *