Scottish Literature, Victorian Literature, Bibliography, History of the Book, Rare Book Librarianship, African Literature, and History of English Studies, Composition, Rhetoric
Honors and Awards
- 2015 elected Honorary Fellow, Association for Scottish Literary Studies
- 2014, 1991, 1990, 1987, 1985 National Endowment for the Humanities grants
- 2012 Hon. Life Member, Thomas Cooper Society
- 2010 Hon. Member, Burns Club of Atlanta
- 2010 Roy-Scott Room, Hollings Library, named by donors
- 2008 Lucy Hampton Bostick Award
- 2004 Mungo Award for Undergraduate Teaching
- 2003, 2000, 1999, 1995, 1994, 1988, 1985 Humanities Council SC grants
- 2001 Georgia Humanities Council grant
- 1999 Leab Award (ALA/ACRL)
- 1998-2000 & 2008-2010 President, Victorians Institute
- 1985 English Dept. Teacher of the Year
- Robert Burns & 18th Century Scotland
- Descriptive Bibliography/ History of the Book
- Introduction to Special Collections Librarianship
- Six Centuries of the Book
- Tennyson, Place & Culture
- The Great War and Literature
Scottish Literature (105)
The Part Issue of Hately Waddell's Life and Works of Robert Burns Journal of the Edinburgh Bibliographical Society (forthcoming) (2017)
Describes and analyzes the way in which Peter Hately Waddell's Life and Works of Robert Burns was first published, discusses contemporary reaction to the edition, and the significance of its editorial approach.
Robert Burns and Gibbon’s Decline and Fall: A Recently-Acquired Autograph Manuscript Burns Chronicle for 2018 forthcoming (2017)
Describes a Robert Burns autograph manuscript (recently acquired for the G. Ross Roy Collection at the University of South Carolina), which provides the first evidence that Burns had read Gibbon's Decline and Fall of the ...
The Text of Robert Burns's 'What Ails Ye Now': An Early Holograph Manuscript from the Roy Collection Burns Chronicle for 2018 (forthcoming) (2017)
Discusses different 19th century claims about whether Burns wrote the poem "What ails ye now" (Kinsley 119B, also known as "Robert Burns's Answer," "A Letter to a Taylor," "Reply to a Trimming Epistle from a ...
Reading Burns in Installments: the Hidden History of Part-Publication Robert Burns Lives! (2017)
Provides an overview of how Burns's works were published throughout the 19th century in parts or numbers, illustrated from examples in the G. Ross Roy Collection at the University of South Carolina, and discusses why ...
Scottish Bards and English Printers: Robert Burns, Gavin Turnbull’s ‘Epitaph on a Miser,’ and Conjectural Emendation Editing Burns for the 21st Century (2017)
Identifies Gavin Turnbull (1765-1816) as author of a short poem Robert Burns had sent for publication in Peter Stuart's newspaper The Star, in May 1789, and that Stuart had thought to be by Burns; discusses ...
Review of Robert Burns, Commonplace Books, Tour Journals and Miscellaneous Prose Notes and Queries (2017)
Review of the first volume in the new multivolume Oxford Edition of Robert Burns: Commonplace Books, Tour Journals and Miscellaneous Prose, ed. Nigel Leask (Oxford, 2014), describing the edition, praising it both for its new ...
Robert Burns's Hand in "Ay Waukin, O": The Roy Manuscript and William Tytler's Dissertation (1779) Studies in Scottish Literature (2017)
This illustrated discussion reexamines the sorces amd manuscripts for one of Burns's best-known songs, "Ay Waukin, O," first published as song 213 in James Johnson's Scots Musical Museum, vol. III (1790). Among sources, the discussion ...
How the Victorians Monumentalized Robert Burns Robert Burns Lives! (2017)
An extended review of Christopher Whatley's Immortal Memory: Burns and the Scottish People (Edinburgh: John Donald, 2016), recounting the ways Burns was memorialized and celebrated in Victorian Scotland, the process through which different communities proposed ...
"Not in Egerer"? (Some of) What We Still Don't Know About Burns Bibliography (2017)
A talk written for the planning workshop on Burns bibliography at the National Library of Scotland, March 16, 2017, convened by Gerard Carruthers and Robert Betteridge, in association with the University of Glasgow's Centre for ...
The 250th Number of Frank Shaw's Robert Burns Lives! A Collaborative Tribute from Four Editors Robert Burns Lives! (2017)
The leading North American online Burns site, Robert Burns Lives!, started in print form in 2001, has just reached its 250th number. This tribute to its founder and editor, Frank Shaw, FSA Scot, now the ...
The First Irish Edition of Robert Burns: A Reexamination Scottish Literary Review (2016)
All the major Burns bibliographies give separate entries for Burns editions published in Belfast and Dublin in 1787, but most of the bibliographers have also commented that both Belfast and Dublin copies appear to be ...
"Fragments that Remain: 'A Verse by Burns,' the Tarbolton Bachelors' Club, and David Sillar's Manuscript Rules" Burns Chronicle for 2017 (2016)
Identifies two surviving fragments of David Sillar's manuscript rules for the Tarbolton Bachelors' Club, transcribes the two fragments of verse associated with them (one in Robert Burns's handwriting), and examines the evidence for Burns's authorship ...
'Skinking' and 'Stinking': the Printing and Proofing of Robert Burns's Poems, Chiefly in the Scottish Dialect (Edinburgh, 1787) Book Collector (2016)
Reviews the origin and reconstructs the printing time-table for the two settings of Robert Burns's second collection, Poems, Chiefly in the Scottish Dialect (Edinburgh, 1787), arguing that some distinctive variant readings in the second ('Stinking') ...
The Twa Bards: Robert Burns and William Shakespeare Burns Chronicle for 2017 (2016)
After reviewing recent commentary on the parallels between Burns and Shakespeare as National Bards, between the development of Alloway and Sttratford as places of literary pilgrimage, and even between the Mauchline ware souvenirs sold to ...
William Reid and the First Newspaper and Chapbook Publication of Robert Burns's "Written in Friar's Carse Hermitage" Studies in Scottish Literature (2016)
Traces the first newspaper and chapbook publication of Robert Burns's poem "Written in Friar's Carse Hermitage," written in 1788 and first published in September 1791 in the Glasgow Courier; links the publication to that of ...
Burns and Broadside Publication: "The Chevalier's Lament" at Auction in Macon, Georgia Robert Burns Lives! (2016)
Discusses the possible publication date for a previously-unrecorded early broadside of Burns's Jacobite song "The Chevalier's Lament" ("The small birds rejoice") (Kinsley I: 411-412; K 220), recently auctioned in Macon, Georgia, exploring the early manuscript ...
'Not in Egerer'?: Robert Burns in Some Early Anthologies Robert Burns Lives! (2016)
Provides the first extended discussion of the poems by Robert Burns that were included in anthologies during his lifetime and in the years immediately following, a category of publication that was excluded from J.W. Egerer's ...
The Collected Poems of Gavin Turnbull Online The 18th-Century Common, a Public Humanities Web-Site (2016)
Provides an introduction and overview for the digital edition of writings by the Scottish poet Gavin Turnbull (1765-1816), including the poems he published in newspapers after emigrating from Scotland to Charleston, South Carolina, in 1795.
'As I Walk'd by mysel': A Burns Autograph Manuscript and the Problem of Attribution Studies in Scottish Literature (2016)
Describes and illustrates Robert Burns's autograph manuscript of the song "As I walk'd by mysel'" (Kinsley 686), reviews the issues and problems in attributing manuscript songs to Burns, traces the provenance of the unique manuscript, ...
Adam Smith in Our Time, I: Necroeconomics Studies in Scottish Literature (2016)
Reviews The Other Adam Smith, by Mike Hill and Warren Montag, a wide-ranging new American study of the Scottish philosopher and economist Adam Smith (1723-1790), examining its treatment of Smith as critic and rhetorical theorist, ...