Professor Kirsteen McCue

  • Professor of Scottish Literature and Song Culture (Scottish Literature)
  • Senate Assessor (Court) (Senate Office)

telephone: 01413308442
email: Kirsteen.McCue@glasgow.ac.uk

Research interests

Research interests

  • 18th & Early 19th Century Scottish Literature
  • Scottish Literature and its connections with Scottish music
  • Scottish song of all periods
  • Robert Burns
  • James Hogg
  • Women writers in 18th and 19th centuries and beyond
  • Lyrical poetry in the 20th Century Scottish Renaissance
  • Scottish Children’s writers and illustrators

Biography

Kirsteen McCue is a graduate of the Universities of Glasgow and Oxford, having won the prestigious Herkless Prize for top woman graduate in the then Faculty of Arts at Glasgow and also the Snell Exhibition to Balliol College, Oxford. Her D.Phil thesis focussed on the song editor George Thomson (1757-1851) and his collections of National Airs, a project which involved his collaborating with some of the most famous writers and musicians of the day, notably Robert Burns and Joseph Haydn. She spent a post-doctoral year working closely with the great Burns scholar the late Professor Donald A. Low at the Centre for Scottish Literature and Culture at the University of Stirling.

She was General Manager of the Scottish Music Information Centre, a unique archive of music by Scottish composers of all periods, and an organisation at the forefront of international promotion of Scottish music (now The Scottish Music Centre: www.scottishmusiccentre.com). And she worked for several years as a freelance writer and broadcaster for the BBC in Scotland, presenting and producing a wide variety of music programmes for both BBC Radio 3 and BBC Radio Scotland. During this time she worked regularly for the Edinburgh International Festival, writing and presenting a number of lecture series for their continuing education programme.

Kirsteen McCue has been part of Scottish Literature at the University of Glasgow since 2002, teaching across the subject from the Renaissance to the present day.  Her research work continues to focus closely on Romantic song culture. She has been actively involved in the Glasgow University project, directed by Professor Emeritus Marjorie Rycroft, to edit all of the folksong settings of Joseph Haydn for George Thomson’s collections (published as part of the Haydn Gesamtausgabe and recorded for general release on the Brilliant label see: http://www.brilliantclassics.com).

She has just completed editions of James Hogg’s Songs by the Ettrick Shepherd (1831), and a companion volume of Hogg’s Contributions to Musical Collections and Miscellaneous Songs for the acclaimed Stirling/South Carolina Research Edition of The Collected Works of James Hogg for Edinburgh University Press. This project was awarded a major research grant of just over £150,000 from the Arts and Humanities Research Council (2005-8) with the late Professor Emeritus Douglas Mack at the University of Stirling ( http://www.jameshogg.stir.ac.uk).

In 2011-12 she was awarded a small grant from the British Academy (£7500) to fund a research project on the materials belonging to the Literary Executor of the major 20th century Scottish writer George Mackay Brown.  This project was undertaken by her former PhD student Linden Bicket (see: http://www.gla.ac.uk/schools/critical/research/fundedresearchprojects/georgemackaybrownproject/).

With Gerard Carruthers, she is now co-director of the University’s Centre for Robert Burns Studies, where she is on the key editorial team for the new Oxford University Press edition of the Works of Robert Burns. She will edit Burns’s songs for George Thomson. This project is due for delivery in 2017 and publication in 2018. This project was awarded a major research grant of £1 million in 2011 (http://www.gla.ac.uk/departments/robertburnsstudies/). She has recently been Principal Investigator on  the Robert Burns Choral Settings project, funded by the University of Glasgow’s Chancellor’s Fund, which brought to life, with the University’s Chapel Choir, a range of choral settings of works by Burns from the early 19th century to the present day see: http://www.burnschoral.glasgow.ac.uk.

At the moment she is also working with Dr Pam Perkins at the University of Manitoba on a new edition of Anne Grant’s Letters from the Mountains to be published by Pickering & Chatto.


Supervision

Kirsteen McCue is currently supervising (or co-supervising) MPhil and PhD theses on Twentieth Century Scottish Poetry in Translation, on Robert Burns and American Romanticism, on the archive of Jane Duncan, on the early journalism of George Mackay Brown and on Creative Writing.  She has supervised successfully completed PhD and MPhil theses on various aspects of the writing of James Hogg, William Soutar, George Mackay Brown, Edwin Muir and a project on Scottish Victorian Literature for children.


Additional Information

  • Co-Director of the Centre for Robert Burns Studies
  • PG Convener, School of Critical Studies (2010-11)
  • Head of Scottish Literature, School of Critical Studies (2011-14)
  • College of Arts International Lead (2014)
  • Departmental Deputy Fire Officer
  • Member of the Advisory Board for the Bibliography of Scottish Literature in Translation (BOSLIT: http://boslit.nls.uk/)
  • Director of the Dunedin Concerts Trust - supporting Scotland's premiere Baroque ensemble (http://www.dunedin-consort.org.uk/)
  • External Examiner in English and Scottish Literature: University of Edinburgh
  • External Examiner for the MLitt in Modern Scottish Literature: University of Stirling

 

 

 


Publications

List by: Type | Date

Jump to: 2017 | 2016 | 2014 | 2013 | 2012 | 2011 | 2010 | 2009 | 2007 | 2006 | 2005 | 2004 | 2003 | 2001 | 1997 | 1995 | 1993
Number of items: 40.

2017

McCue, K. (2017) ‘Difficult to imitate and impossible to equal’: Byron, Burns, Moore and the packaging of national song. Byron Journal, (Accepted for Publication)

McGuinness, D., Mcgregor, A. and McGillivray, A. (2017) Burns and the fiddle. [Audio]

2016

McCue, K. and Perkins, P.(Eds.) (2016) Women's Travel Writings in Scotland: Letters from the North Highlands (vol. IV). [Scholarly Editions]

McCue, K. and Perkins, P.(Eds.) (2016) Women's Travel Writings in Scotland. Vol. 1: Letters from the Mountains Vol I. [Scholarly Editions]

McCue, K. and Perkins, P.(Eds.) (2016) Women's Travel Writings in Scotland: Letters from the Mountains (vol. III). [Scholarly Editions]

McCue, K. and Perkins, P.(Eds.) (2016) Women's Travel Writings in Scotland: Letters from the Mountains, Vol. II. [Scholarly Editions]

2014

McCue, K.(Ed.) (2014) Contributions to Musical Collections and Miscellaneous Songs, by James Hogg. [Scholarly Editions]

Hogg, J. (2014) Songs by the Ettrick Shepherd. [Scholarly Editions]

McCue, K. and Rycroft, M. (2014) The reception of Robert Burns in music. In: Pittock, M. (ed.) The Reception of Robert Burns in Europe. Series: The reception of British and Irish authors in Europe. Bloomsbury Academic: London, pp. 267-291. ISBN 9781441170316

2013

McCue, K. (2013) Musick for Allan Ramsay's 71 Scots Songs An Introductory Essay. University of South Carolina Library Digital Collections,

Purdie, D., McCue, K. and Carruthers, G. (Eds.) (2013) Maurice Lindsay's The Burns Encylopedia. Robert Hale: London, UK. ISBN 9780709091943

McCue, K. and Campbell, K. (2013) Lowland song culture in the eighteenth century. In: Dunnigan, S. and Gilbert, S. (eds.) The Edinburgh Companion to Scottish Traditional Literatures. Series: Edinburgh Companions to Scottish Literature. Edinburgh University Press: Edinburgh, pp. 94-104. ISBN 9780748645398

2012

McCue, K. (2012) Napoleon and Me. [Audio]

McCue, K. (2012) 'Magnetic Attraction': the transatlantic songs of Robert Burns and Serge Hovey. In: Alker, S., Davis, L. and Nelson, H. F. (eds.) Robert Burns and Transatlantic Culture. Ashgate: Farnham, pp. 233-246. ISBN 9781409405764

McCue, K.C. (2012) Hogg and music. In: Duncan, I. and Mack, D.S. (eds.) Edinburgh Companion to James Hogg. Series: Edinburgh companions to Scottish literature. Edinburgh University Press: Edinburgh, UK, pp. 90-96. ISBN 9780748641246

McCue, K.C. (2012) "O my luve's like a red, red, rose': does Burns's melody really matter? In: Scott, P. and Simpson, K. (eds.) Robert Burns and Friends: Essays by W.Ormiston Roy Fellows presented to G. Ross Roy. University of South Carolina Libraries: Columbia, South Carolina, pp. 68-82. ISBN 9781439270974

2011

McCue, K. (2011) Posing as the ultimate Scottish Songster: James Hogg’s Songs by the Ettrick Shepherd or Hogg GOLD! Bottle Imp(9), pp. 1-2.

McCue, K. (2011) Scottish song, lyric poetry and the Romantic composer. In: Pittock, M. (ed.) The Edinburgh Companion to Scottish Romanticism. Series: Edinburgh Companions to Scottish Literature. Edinburgh University Press: Edinburgh, pp. 39-48. ISBN 9780748638468

2010

McCue, K.C. (2010) The Legacy of Donald A. Low. Burns Chronicle(Winter), pp. 9-12.

2009

Brown, R.L. and McCue, K.C. (2009) Burns 'The outré being' and 'The beautiful nymph of Ballochmyle'. In: Rodgers, J. and Carruthers, G. (eds.) Fickle Man : Robert Burns in the 21st Century. Sandstone: Dingwall, pp. 215-233. ISBN 9781905207275

McCue, K. (2009) Burns's songs and poetic craft. In: Carruthers, G. (ed.) The Edinburgh Companion to Robert Burns. Series: Edinburgh companions to Scottish literature. Edinburgh University Press, pp. 74-85. ISBN 9780748636495

McCue, K. (2009) From the songs of Albyn to German Hebrew melodies: the musical adventures of James Hogg. Studies in Hogg and His World, 20, pp. 67-83.

McCue, K. (2009) Singing 'more songs than ever ploughman could': The songs of James Hogg and Robert Burns in the musical marketplace. In: Alker, S. and Nelson, H.F. (eds.) James Hogg and the Literary Marketplace : Scottish Romanticism and the Working-Class Author. Ashgate, pp. 123-137. ISBN 9780754665694

McCue, K. (2009) 'The Skylark': Hogg's 'Bird of the Wilderness'. Other. University of Stirling.

McCue, K. (2009) 'An individual flowering on a common stem': melody, performance and national song. In: Connell, P. and Leask, N. (eds.) Romanticism and Popular Culture in Britain and Ireland. Cambridge University Press, pp. 88-106. ISBN 9780521880121

Rycroft, M., McCue, K. and Friesenhagen, A. (2009) Scottish and Welsh songs [CDROM] in Complete Recording 429 Folksong Arrangements, Joseph Haydn. [Audio]

2007

McCue, K., Hamilton, D. and Wellington, S. (2007) I'll Sing Ye A Wee Bit Sang: Selected Songs of James Hogg. [Audio]

2006

McCue, K.C. (2006) Schottische Lieder ohne Wörter?: what happened to the words for the Scots song arrangements by Beethoven and Weber? In: Hubbard, T. and Jack, R.D.S. (eds.) Scotland in Europe. Series: Scottish cultural review of language and literature (7). Rodopi: Amsterdam, pp. 119-136. ISBN 9789042021006

2005

McCue, K.C. (2005) Scots songs, scotticisms and the sons and daughters of taste. In: Munro, G., Campbell, S., Hair, G.-M., MacKay, M.A., Moohan, E. and Hair, G. (eds.) Notis musycall: Essays on Music and Scottish Culture in Honour of Kenneth Elliott. Musica Scotica Trust, pp. 251-268. ISBN 9780954886509

2004

McCue, K.C. (2004) Thomson's collections in their Scottish cultural context. Haydn-Studien, 8(4), pp. 305-324.

Rycroft, M., Edwards, W. and McCue, K.C.(Eds.) (2004) Volkslied-Bearbeitungen Nr. 269-364: Schottische und Walisische Lieder für George Thomson. [Scholarly Editions]

McCue, K.C. (2004) Thomson, George (1757-1851), music collector and publisher. In: Matthew, H.C.G. and Harrison, B.H. (eds.) Oxford Dictionary of National Biography: In Association with the British Academy: From the Earliest Times to the Year 2000. Oxford University Press: Oxford, UK, pp. 505-506. ISBN 9780198614111

2003

McCue, K.C. (2003) 'The most intricate bibliographical enigma': understanding George Thomson (1757-1851) and his collections of national airs. In: Turbet, R.B. (ed.) Music Librarianship in the United Kingdom. Ashgate, pp. 99-119. ISBN 9780754605720

McCue, K. (2003) A survey of work on Scottish women's writing from 1995. Women's Writing, 10(3), pp. 527-533.

2001

Rycroft, M., Edwards, W. and McCue, K.C.(Eds.) (2001) Volkslied-Bearbeitungen Nr. 151-268: Schottische Lieder für George Thomson. [Scholarly Editions]

McCue, K.C. (2001) Thomson, John (1805-1841). In: Sadie, S. and Tyrrell, J. (eds.) The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians. Grove: New York, USA. ISBN 9781561592395

1997

McCue, K.C. (1997) Burns, women and song. In: Crawford, R. (ed.) Robert Burns and Cultural Authority. Edinburgh University Press, pp. 40-57. ISBN 0748607404

McCue, K.C. (1997) Women and song 1750-1850. In: Gifford, D.M. and McMillan, D. (eds.) A History of Scottish Women's Writing. Edinburgh University Press, pp. 58-70. ISBN 9780748609161

1995

McCue, K. and Marshalsay, K. (Eds.) (1995) Scottish Music Handbook 1996. Scottish Music Information Centre: Glasgow. ISBN 9780952548909

1993

McCue, K. (1993) Weber's Ten Scottish Folksongs. In: Allroggen, G. and Veit, J. (eds.) Weber-Studien. Schott: Mainz, pp. 163-173. ISBN 3795702801

This list was generated on Sun Aug 20 16:27:07 2017 BST.
Number of items: 40.

Articles

McCue, K. (2017) ‘Difficult to imitate and impossible to equal’: Byron, Burns, Moore and the packaging of national song. Byron Journal, (Accepted for Publication)

McCue, K. (2013) Musick for Allan Ramsay's 71 Scots Songs An Introductory Essay. University of South Carolina Library Digital Collections,

McCue, K. (2011) Posing as the ultimate Scottish Songster: James Hogg’s Songs by the Ettrick Shepherd or Hogg GOLD! Bottle Imp(9), pp. 1-2.

McCue, K.C. (2010) The Legacy of Donald A. Low. Burns Chronicle(Winter), pp. 9-12.

McCue, K. (2009) From the songs of Albyn to German Hebrew melodies: the musical adventures of James Hogg. Studies in Hogg and His World, 20, pp. 67-83.

McCue, K.C. (2004) Thomson's collections in their Scottish cultural context. Haydn-Studien, 8(4), pp. 305-324.

McCue, K. (2003) A survey of work on Scottish women's writing from 1995. Women's Writing, 10(3), pp. 527-533.

Book Sections

McCue, K. and Rycroft, M. (2014) The reception of Robert Burns in music. In: Pittock, M. (ed.) The Reception of Robert Burns in Europe. Series: The reception of British and Irish authors in Europe. Bloomsbury Academic: London, pp. 267-291. ISBN 9781441170316

McCue, K. and Campbell, K. (2013) Lowland song culture in the eighteenth century. In: Dunnigan, S. and Gilbert, S. (eds.) The Edinburgh Companion to Scottish Traditional Literatures. Series: Edinburgh Companions to Scottish Literature. Edinburgh University Press: Edinburgh, pp. 94-104. ISBN 9780748645398

McCue, K. (2012) 'Magnetic Attraction': the transatlantic songs of Robert Burns and Serge Hovey. In: Alker, S., Davis, L. and Nelson, H. F. (eds.) Robert Burns and Transatlantic Culture. Ashgate: Farnham, pp. 233-246. ISBN 9781409405764

McCue, K.C. (2012) Hogg and music. In: Duncan, I. and Mack, D.S. (eds.) Edinburgh Companion to James Hogg. Series: Edinburgh companions to Scottish literature. Edinburgh University Press: Edinburgh, UK, pp. 90-96. ISBN 9780748641246

McCue, K.C. (2012) "O my luve's like a red, red, rose': does Burns's melody really matter? In: Scott, P. and Simpson, K. (eds.) Robert Burns and Friends: Essays by W.Ormiston Roy Fellows presented to G. Ross Roy. University of South Carolina Libraries: Columbia, South Carolina, pp. 68-82. ISBN 9781439270974

McCue, K. (2011) Scottish song, lyric poetry and the Romantic composer. In: Pittock, M. (ed.) The Edinburgh Companion to Scottish Romanticism. Series: Edinburgh Companions to Scottish Literature. Edinburgh University Press: Edinburgh, pp. 39-48. ISBN 9780748638468

Brown, R.L. and McCue, K.C. (2009) Burns 'The outré being' and 'The beautiful nymph of Ballochmyle'. In: Rodgers, J. and Carruthers, G. (eds.) Fickle Man : Robert Burns in the 21st Century. Sandstone: Dingwall, pp. 215-233. ISBN 9781905207275

McCue, K. (2009) Burns's songs and poetic craft. In: Carruthers, G. (ed.) The Edinburgh Companion to Robert Burns. Series: Edinburgh companions to Scottish literature. Edinburgh University Press, pp. 74-85. ISBN 9780748636495

McCue, K. (2009) Singing 'more songs than ever ploughman could': The songs of James Hogg and Robert Burns in the musical marketplace. In: Alker, S. and Nelson, H.F. (eds.) James Hogg and the Literary Marketplace : Scottish Romanticism and the Working-Class Author. Ashgate, pp. 123-137. ISBN 9780754665694

McCue, K. (2009) 'An individual flowering on a common stem': melody, performance and national song. In: Connell, P. and Leask, N. (eds.) Romanticism and Popular Culture in Britain and Ireland. Cambridge University Press, pp. 88-106. ISBN 9780521880121

McCue, K.C. (2006) Schottische Lieder ohne Wörter?: what happened to the words for the Scots song arrangements by Beethoven and Weber? In: Hubbard, T. and Jack, R.D.S. (eds.) Scotland in Europe. Series: Scottish cultural review of language and literature (7). Rodopi: Amsterdam, pp. 119-136. ISBN 9789042021006

McCue, K.C. (2005) Scots songs, scotticisms and the sons and daughters of taste. In: Munro, G., Campbell, S., Hair, G.-M., MacKay, M.A., Moohan, E. and Hair, G. (eds.) Notis musycall: Essays on Music and Scottish Culture in Honour of Kenneth Elliott. Musica Scotica Trust, pp. 251-268. ISBN 9780954886509

McCue, K.C. (2004) Thomson, George (1757-1851), music collector and publisher. In: Matthew, H.C.G. and Harrison, B.H. (eds.) Oxford Dictionary of National Biography: In Association with the British Academy: From the Earliest Times to the Year 2000. Oxford University Press: Oxford, UK, pp. 505-506. ISBN 9780198614111

McCue, K.C. (2003) 'The most intricate bibliographical enigma': understanding George Thomson (1757-1851) and his collections of national airs. In: Turbet, R.B. (ed.) Music Librarianship in the United Kingdom. Ashgate, pp. 99-119. ISBN 9780754605720

McCue, K.C. (2001) Thomson, John (1805-1841). In: Sadie, S. and Tyrrell, J. (eds.) The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians. Grove: New York, USA. ISBN 9781561592395

McCue, K.C. (1997) Burns, women and song. In: Crawford, R. (ed.) Robert Burns and Cultural Authority. Edinburgh University Press, pp. 40-57. ISBN 0748607404

McCue, K.C. (1997) Women and song 1750-1850. In: Gifford, D.M. and McMillan, D. (eds.) A History of Scottish Women's Writing. Edinburgh University Press, pp. 58-70. ISBN 9780748609161

McCue, K. (1993) Weber's Ten Scottish Folksongs. In: Allroggen, G. and Veit, J. (eds.) Weber-Studien. Schott: Mainz, pp. 163-173. ISBN 3795702801

Edited Books

Purdie, D., McCue, K. and Carruthers, G. (Eds.) (2013) Maurice Lindsay's The Burns Encylopedia. Robert Hale: London, UK. ISBN 9780709091943

McCue, K. and Marshalsay, K. (Eds.) (1995) Scottish Music Handbook 1996. Scottish Music Information Centre: Glasgow. ISBN 9780952548909

Scholarly Editions

McCue, K. and Perkins, P.(Eds.) (2016) Women's Travel Writings in Scotland: Letters from the North Highlands (vol. IV). [Scholarly Editions]

McCue, K. and Perkins, P.(Eds.) (2016) Women's Travel Writings in Scotland. Vol. 1: Letters from the Mountains Vol I. [Scholarly Editions]

McCue, K. and Perkins, P.(Eds.) (2016) Women's Travel Writings in Scotland: Letters from the Mountains (vol. III). [Scholarly Editions]

McCue, K. and Perkins, P.(Eds.) (2016) Women's Travel Writings in Scotland: Letters from the Mountains, Vol. II. [Scholarly Editions]

McCue, K.(Ed.) (2014) Contributions to Musical Collections and Miscellaneous Songs, by James Hogg. [Scholarly Editions]

Hogg, J. (2014) Songs by the Ettrick Shepherd. [Scholarly Editions]

Rycroft, M., Edwards, W. and McCue, K.C.(Eds.) (2004) Volkslied-Bearbeitungen Nr. 269-364: Schottische und Walisische Lieder für George Thomson. [Scholarly Editions]

Rycroft, M., Edwards, W. and McCue, K.C.(Eds.) (2001) Volkslied-Bearbeitungen Nr. 151-268: Schottische Lieder für George Thomson. [Scholarly Editions]

Research Reports or Papers

McCue, K. (2009) 'The Skylark': Hogg's 'Bird of the Wilderness'. Other. University of Stirling.

Audio

McGuinness, D., Mcgregor, A. and McGillivray, A. (2017) Burns and the fiddle. [Audio]

McCue, K. (2012) Napoleon and Me. [Audio]

Rycroft, M., McCue, K. and Friesenhagen, A. (2009) Scottish and Welsh songs [CDROM] in Complete Recording 429 Folksong Arrangements, Joseph Haydn. [Audio]

McCue, K., Hamilton, D. and Wellington, S. (2007) I'll Sing Ye A Wee Bit Sang: Selected Songs of James Hogg. [Audio]

This list was generated on Sun Aug 20 16:27:07 2017 BST.