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

A History- 2nd Revised and Augmented Edition

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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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Author’s Preface (2013) 9 Author’s Preface (1981) 13 Introduction and survey of research 15 1. Phases of Reception 21 1.1 Early Reception 1786 – 1829 21 1.1.1 “A ploughman in the county of Ayr at Scotland” 25 1.1.2 “The only truly individual popular poet of recent times” 30 1.1.3 “His English poems are far inferior to the Scottish ones” 35 1.1.4 “I know Burns well enough to appreciate him” 47 1.1 Summary 57 1.2 Translation and Appreciation 1830-1896 58 1.2.1 1830-1848 58 1.2.1.1 “Goethe’s legacy” 59 1.2.1.2 “Translation on translation of him, thick as blackberries” 61 1.2.1.3 “Freedom, mankind’s new redeemer” 74 1.2.2 1849-1896 93 1.2.2.1 “Almost a German classic” 93 1.2.2.2 “A poet like Burns led the way” 109 1.2.2.3 “An incarnation of Scottish folk poetry” 121 1.2.2.4 “A thoroughly original and isolated talent” 129 1.2.2.5 “A prince in the realm of minds!” 134 1.2 Summary 148 1.3 Critical Evaluation and Political Appropriation 1897-1919 151 1.3.1 “Blind reverence for his predecessors” 152 1.3.3 “We’ll reach our goal – for a’ that!” 163 1.3.4 “Just compare “For a’ that” with the tone of Naturalism!” 168 1.3.5 “Heir, fulfiller and culmination of Scottish tradition” 176 1.3 Summary 182 1.4 Domestication and Stagnation 1920-1955 185 1.4.1 “Numerous nature poems celebrating his native country” 186 1.4.2 “The fight against tradition” 194 Table of Contents 6 1.4 Summary 214 1.5 Prejudice and Revaluation Since 1956 216 1.5.1 “Acceptable in the classroom” 217 1.5.2 “The Burns myth” 220 1.5.3 “Influence of the foreign pole” 228 1.5.4 “Not...

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