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 (111)
"Not in Egerer"? (Some of) What We Still Don't Know About Burns Bibliography Studies in Scottish Literature (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 ...
A Neglected Source for Burns Manuscripts? Some Old Guides for Autograph Collectors Robert Burns Lives! (2017)
Discusses the continuing value of older, prephotographic, facsimiles of Burns's manuscripts, and illustrates a variety of examples of Burns's handwriting from Victorian guide for autograph collectors, and the evidence they can provide to Burns editors. ...
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.
Gavin Turnbull and Robert Burns: Rediscovering a Lost Burns Protege and Friend Burns Chronicle for 2018 (2017)
Examines Burns's influence on and friendship with Scottish poet Gavin Turnbull (1765-1816), both in Kilmarnock and Dumfries, in light of recent research on Turnbull's career and the new online edition of his works.
Robert Burns and Gibbon’s Decline and Fall: A Recently-Acquired Autograph Manuscript Burns Chronicle for 2018 (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 (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 ...
Dr John Mackenzie and the Irvine Miscellany Editing Burns for the 21st Century (2017)
--following up a marginal annotation in the late G. Ross Roy's annotated copy of Egerer's Burns bibliography, reprints an 1815 letter by Burns's friend Dr John Mackenzie in the Irvine and County of Ayr Miscellany, ...
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 ...
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 ...