Robert Burns and the United States of America

Poetry, Print, and Memory 1786–1866

  • Arun Sood

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-viii
  2. Burns Beyond Scotland

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Arun Sood
      Pages 3-14
  3. American Print Culture and Poets

  4. Memory and Nation

  5. Back Matter
    Pages 219-275

About this book


This book provides a critical study of the relationship between Robert Burns and the United States of America, c.1786-1866. Though Burns is commonly referred to as Scotland’s “National Poet”, his works were frequently reprinted in New York and Philadelphia; his verse  mimicked by an emerging canon of American poets; and his songs  appropriated by both abolitionists and Confederate soldiers during the Civil War era. Adopting a transnational, Atlantic Studies perspective that shifts emphasis from Burns as national poet to transnational icon, this book charts the reception, dissemination and cultural memory of Burns and his works in the United States up to 1866.


Robert Burns national poet of Scotland memory studies transatlantic studies transnational literature reception studies Anglophone literature eighteenth-century Atlantic literature nineteenth-century Atlantic literature Scottish poetry Scottish literature Robert Burns American editions

Authors and affiliations

  • Arun Sood
    • 1
  1. 1.University of PlymouthPlymouthUnited Kingdom

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