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The Parritch and the Partridge: The Reception of Robert Burns in Germany

A History- 2nd Revised and Augmented Edition


Rosemary Anne Selle

This book sets out to explore the reception of Scotland’s best-loved writer Robert Burns in Germany, beginning with Burns’s contemporaries in a German state and at a time when instant international fame of foreign writers was yet to develop. The author traces Burns’s growing popularity and, for instance, demonstrates how a single line from a foreigner’s poem could become the motto of a generation of German revolutionists. Many of Burns’s well-known poems do not only figure in this first part but are also the subject of specific case studies in the second. Here works such as «Tam O’ Shanter» or «A red, red rose» are analysed in translation through the ages. The author’s comprehensive work is complemented by a short research update on the reception of Burns.


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illustration: Drawing of Robert Burns From: “Robert Burns’ Gedichte. Übertragen von Heinrich Julius Heintze”, Leipzig 1859. Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data Selle, Rosemary Anne, 1949- The Parritch and the Partridge : the Reception of Robert Burns in Germany, a His- tory / Rosemary Anne Selle ; editing: Lennart Brieger, Tiana Mareen Fischer, Ines Gundlach, Mirja Kristina Michels, Juliane Pflugmacher, Frauke Reitemeier, Mar Sydymanov. — 2nd Revised and Augmented Edition. pages cm. — (Scottish Studies International - Publications of the Scottish Studies Centre, Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz in Germersheim ; Vol./Bd. 38) Includes bibliographical references. ISBN 978-3-631-64176-7 1. Burns, Robert, 1759-1796—Appreciation—Germany. 2. Burns, Robert, 1759- 1796—Criticism and interpretation—History. 3. Translating and interpreting— Germany. 4. Criticism—Germany—History. 5. Scotland—In literature. I. Title. PR4337.4.G3S4 2013 821'.6—dc23 2013019751 ISSN 1430-9572 ISBN 978-3-631-64176-7 (Print) E-ISBN 978-3-653-03362-5 (E-Book) DOI 10.3726/978-3-653-03362-5 © Peter Lang GmbH Internationaler Verlag der Wissenschaften Frankfurt am Main 2013 All rights reserved. Peter Lang Edition is an Imprint of Peter Lang GmbH. Peter Lang – Frankfurt am Main · Bern · Bruxelles · New York · Oxford · Warszawa · Wien All parts of this publication are protected by copyright. Any utilisation outside the strict limits of the copyright law, without the permission of the publisher, is forbidden and liable to prosecution. This applies in particular to reproductions, translations, microfilming, and storage and processing in electronic retrieval systems This book is part of the Peter Lang Edition list and was peer reviewed prior to publication.

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