All thanks to Andrew Prescott for the heads up! An interesting topic in print culture and more.
London Seminar in Digital Text and Scholarship
Professor Murray Pittock FRSE (University of Glasgow): 'Framing Images: digitizing the creation of memory in the case of Robert Burns'
Venue: Room 234, Institute of English Studies, Senate House, University of London, Malet St, London WC1E 7HU
Time: 17:30 - 19:30
Robert Burns was one of the most commemorated of all poets. The AHRC funded project ‘Robert Burns: Inventing Tradition and Securing Memory, 1796-1909’ created a digital classification of material objects commemorating Burns to explore the way in which material culture affected the reception of Burns’s poetry and the development of his reputation. The project explored such issues whether textual and material cultures diverge or converge in the significance they grant to the reputation of a poet. The study of the objects suggested that material culture did have a significant effect on the reception of Burns. It appears that the legend of Burns’s relationship with Highland Mary was constructed by his biographers from objects such as statues and snuff boxes rather than from written documents. The Burns project suggests that the digital exploration of texts cannot be restricted to manuscript and printed sources but must also seek to explore the reproduction of texts in material culture.
Murray Pittock is Vice-Principal and Head of the College of Arts of the University of Glasgow, where he is Bradley Professor of English Literature. He has worked at the universities of Manchester (where he was the first professor of Scottish literature at an English university), Edinburgh, Oxford, Aberdeen and Strathclyde, and has held visiting appointments at the Centre for Advanced Welsh and Celtic Studies, Charles University, Prague, Trinity College, Dublin, Auburn and Yale. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, the English Association, the Royal Historical Society, the Royal Society of Arts and the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland among other bodies. His recent books include The Edinburgh Companion to Scottish Romanticism (2011), Robert Burns in Global Culture (2011), The Myth of the Jacobite Clans: the Jacobite Army in 1745 (2009) Scottish and Irish Romanticism (2008) and The Road to Independence? Scotland Since the Sixties (2008, Catalan edition 2009, launched by the First Minister in Barcelona).
Admission free; all welcome.
Professor Andrew Prescott FRHistS Head of Department Department of Digital Humanities King's College London 26-29 Drury Lane London WC2B 5RL @ajprescott www.kcl.ac.uk/artshums/depts/ddh digitalriffs.blogspot.com +44 (0)20 7848 2651
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