Dr Pauline Mackay

  • Lecturer in Robert Burns Studies (Scottish Literature)

telephone: 01413308176
email: Pauline.Mackay@glasgow.ac.uk

Research interests

Research Interests

  • Scottish Literature from the 15th Century to the 21st Century
  • Robert Burns
  • Literature and Bawdry
  • Literature and Sexuality
  • Literature and Censorship
  • Scotland & Romanticism
  • Romantic Literature
  • Byron
  • Publishing and Book History
  • Textual Editing 
  • Material Culture and the Commemoration of Literary Figures
  • Digital Humanities

Background

Pauline Mackay was appointed to the post of Lecturer in Robert Burns Studies in 2013. Pauline is a graduate of the University of Glasgow. Her PhD, ‘Bawdry and the Body in the Work of Robert Burns: The Poet’s Unofficial Self’, examines Robert Burns's reserved oeuvre.

Pauline began work at the Centre for Robert Burns studies in 2008 as Research Assistant for the AHRC-funded ‘Global Burns Network’. This project afforded her the opportunity to work with Burns scholars and enthusiasts from all over the world in preparation for the 250th Anniversary of Burns’s birth in 2009. The activities of this group formed the basis for the AHRC-funded Beyond Text Project ‘Robert Burns: Inventing Tradition and Securing Memory, 1796-1909’, and Pauline’s first academic post was as Research Assistant to the PI, Murray Pittock. As part of this project she researched Burns-related artefacts and memorabilia and co-curated a series of temporary exhibitions with the National Trust for Scotland, The Mitchell Library and the Hunterian Museum and Art Gallery. These ran throughout 2010-13.

In 2011, Pauline was appointed as Postdoctoral Research Associate to the AHRC-funded project ‘Editing Robert Burns for the 21st Century’. Pauline provided research support to the editors of a multi-volume edition of Robert Burns's work which will be published by Oxford University Press. She also helped to coordinate project-related media, including a rolling programme of brand new audio recordings of Robert Burns’s songs.

Pauline has published widely in Burns studies. She has carried out research at several major Burns collections in the UK and abroad, and in 2010 she was the recipient of the W. Ormiston Roy Memorial Fellowship for Research in the area of Robert Burns and Scottish Poetry at the University of South Carolina. She is regularly invited to deliver public talks about her research and she has an established relationship with the UK Media, recently appearing on Radio 4’s ‘PM’ with Eddie Mair, BBC1's 'Countryfile' with John Craven, 'Reporting Scotland', and on several TV documentaries for STV and the BBC. Pauline also undertakes outreach activities as part of the Royal Society of Edinburgh @ Schools programme.

In December 2013 Pauline was invited to become a consultant for the Scottish government's ‘Scottish Winter Festivals’ programme. Recent activities include a ‘Facebook takeover’ (22000 subscribers worldwide), guest curator for the government's @Scotland Twitter feed (21-25 January 2015), and the production of a new interactive timeline for the government’s Robert Burns App. The timeline was launched in January 2015, and the App is now downloaded by over 14000 people internationally.

Pauline is Secretary to Burns Scotland (formerly the DNBC). She was a member of the steering group that organised the first World Congress of Scottish Literatures (held at the University of Glasgow in 2014), and helped to establish the International Association for the Study of Scottish Literatures (IASSL).

Current Research

In addition to her ongoing work as part of the 'Editing Robert Burns for the 21st Century' project team, Pauline is currently writing a monograph about the bawdy song and verse of Robert Burns (1759 - 1796). Beyond this, Pauline is leading two research projects which consider Scottish bawdry more generally: 'Eighteenth-Century Scottish Bawdry and Erotica' (funded by the Carnegie trust for the Universities of Scotland), and 'Bawdry in Scottish Chapbooks' (funded by the University of Glasgow Chancellor's Fund).

From religious and political satire to scatological verse, Scottish bawdry and erotica has been preserved in manuscripts, printed privately and published in cheaply available literature such as chapbooks since the fifteenth century. While it is frequently posited that bawdry has its roots in ‘rural folk tradition’, it was in fact middle to upper-class male society that did most to preserve sexually explicit materials in print. Bawdry, then, pervaded all sections of Scottish society. Produced and circulated by the masculine coteries of Robert Burns (1759-1796) and Sir Walter Scott (1771 - 1832), its cultural importance was recognized by Scotland’s most iconic literary figures. And yet, much of this material remains substantially underground. Pauline's research engages with this understudied strand of Scottish popular culture by examining the many exemplars of Scottish bawdry held in research libraries throughout the United Kingdom and in the United States. Ultimately, Pauline's research seeks to recover an important dimension of Scottish creativity and cultural context, and to establish an ongoing research agenda through which bawdy material can be usefully explored for a better understanding of Scottish culture: popular, official and unofficial.

Grants

  • 2015 - Principal Investigator (PI)

Carnegie Trust for the Universities of Scotland: Research Incentives
Project: 'Eighteenth-Century Scottish Bawdry and Erotica'

  • 2014 - Principal Investigator (PI)

University of Glasgow Chancellor's Fund
Project: 'Bawdry in Scottish Chapbooks'

 

Teaching

  • Convener - Level 2 Scottish Literature
  • Convener - Memorialising Scottish Culture & Literature, Scottish Literature (Hons)

In addition to convening and lecturing on these courses, Pauline lectures on Level 1 Scottish Literature, Level 3/Honours Irish & Scottish Literature, and Honours Scottish Journeys. She has previously taught on the Honours English Literature Course, Romantic Literature from 1780-1840.

Additional information

University Roles

  • Creative Placements Officer, College of Arts
  • Industry Engagement Theme Lead: Writing and Publishing, College of Arts

 

External Roles

 

Publications

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Number of items: 23.

2016

Mackay, P. (2016) Robert Burns. In: Oxford Bibliographies Online. Oxford University Press. (Accepted for Publication)

2015

Mackay, P. (2015) “Low, tame, and loathsome ribaldry”: Bawdry in Romantic Scotland. European Romantic Review, (In Press)

Mackay, P., Henderson, J., and McIntyre, P. (2015) ‘Epitaph: on Grizzel Grim’: a newly-discovered manuscript in the hand of Robert Burns. Studies in Scottish Literature, 41(1), pp. 253-258.

2014

Mackay, P. (2014) Timeline of the European reception of Robert Burns, 1796–2013. In: Pittock, M. (ed.) The Reception of Robert Burns in Europe. Series: The Reception of British and Irish Authors in Europe. Bloomsbury Academic: London, xxiii-lxvii. ISBN 9781441170316

2013

Carruthers, G., and Mackay, P. (2013) Re-reading James Currie: Robert Burns's first editor. John Clare Society Journal(32), pp. 73-84.

Carruthers, G., and Mackay, P. (2013) The missing manuscript of Robert Burns's 'Patriarch' letter. Studies in Scottish Literature, 39(1), pp. 227-232.

2012

Mackay, P. (2012) Objects of desire: Robert Burns the 'Man's Man' and material culture. Anglistik, 23(2), pp. 27-39.

Mackay, P., and Pittock, M. (2012) Highland Mary: objects and memories. Romanticism, 18(2), pp. 191-203. (doi:10.3366/rom.2012.0084)

2011

Pittock, M., and Mackay, P. (2011) Beyond text: Burns, Byron and their material cultural afterlife. Byron Journal, 39(2), pp. 149-162. (doi:10.3828/bj.2011.18)

Mackay, P. (2011) Robert Burns beyond text: introducing a new resource for Robert Burns research. Burns Chronicle, Spring, pp. 42-43.

Mackay, P. (2011) Twentieth century Burns scholars: theories, discoveries and 'The Merry Muses of Caledonia' (1799). Burns Chronicle, Spring, pp. 13-16.

Mackay, P.A. (2011) Enlightened religion and enlightened sex: Robert Burns and his French contemporaries. In: Pittock, M. (ed.) Robert Burns in Global Culture. Bucknell University Press: Lewisburg, PA, pp. 123-138. ISBN 9781611480306

Mackay, P.A., and Pittock, M. (2011) Robert Burns Beyond Text. [Exhibitions]

Mackay, P.A., and Pittock, M. (2011) Robert Burns Beyond Text. [Exhibitions]

Mackay, P.A., and Pittock, M. (2011) Robert Burns Beyond Text: Treasure of the Month Exhibition. [Exhibitions]

Pittock, M., Mackay, P., and Whatley, C. (2011) Robert Burns: Inventing Tradition and Securing Memory, 1796-1909. [Website]

2010

Mackay, P. (2010) Robert Burns: bawdy language. Drouth(38),

2009

Carruthers, G. and Gray, P.A., (Eds.) (2009) The Fornicators Court by Robert Burns. Abbotsford Library Project Trust & The Faculty of Advocates: Edinburgh, UK. ISBN 9780956129109

Carruthers, G., and Gray, P.A. (2009) Introduction. In: Carruthers, G. and Gray, P.A. (eds.) The Fornicators Court by Robert Burns. Abbotsford Library Project Trust & The Faculty of Advocates: Edinburgh, UK, pp. 3-13. ISBN 9780956129109

Gray, P. (2009) Robert Burns and gender: is a woman a woman for a’ that? In: Further from the frontiers: cross-currents in Irish and Scottish Studies. AHRC Centre for Irish and Scottish Studies: Aberdeen, pp. 33-40.

Gray, P.A. (2009) Sex and social commentary: Robert Burns's merry musing. In: Rodger, J. and Carruthers, G. (eds.) Fickle Man: Robert Burns in the 21st Century. Sandstone Press: Dingwall, UK, pp. 132-144. ISBN 9781905207275

2007

Gray, P. (2007) Prudes, pirates and bills of suspension: the correspondence of Burns and "Clarinda". Burns Chronicle, Autumn, pp. 9-13.

2005

Gray, P. (2005) Burns's "O Saw Ye My Maggie". Burns Chronicle, 2005(Spring), pp. 11-14.

This list was generated on Wed May 25 06:55:06 2016 BST.
Number of items: 23.

Articles

Mackay, P. (2015) “Low, tame, and loathsome ribaldry”: Bawdry in Romantic Scotland. European Romantic Review, (In Press)

Mackay, P., Henderson, J., and McIntyre, P. (2015) ‘Epitaph: on Grizzel Grim’: a newly-discovered manuscript in the hand of Robert Burns. Studies in Scottish Literature, 41(1), pp. 253-258.

Carruthers, G., and Mackay, P. (2013) Re-reading James Currie: Robert Burns's first editor. John Clare Society Journal(32), pp. 73-84.

Carruthers, G., and Mackay, P. (2013) The missing manuscript of Robert Burns's 'Patriarch' letter. Studies in Scottish Literature, 39(1), pp. 227-232.

Mackay, P. (2012) Objects of desire: Robert Burns the 'Man's Man' and material culture. Anglistik, 23(2), pp. 27-39.

Mackay, P., and Pittock, M. (2012) Highland Mary: objects and memories. Romanticism, 18(2), pp. 191-203. (doi:10.3366/rom.2012.0084)

Pittock, M., and Mackay, P. (2011) Beyond text: Burns, Byron and their material cultural afterlife. Byron Journal, 39(2), pp. 149-162. (doi:10.3828/bj.2011.18)

Mackay, P. (2011) Robert Burns beyond text: introducing a new resource for Robert Burns research. Burns Chronicle, Spring, pp. 42-43.

Mackay, P. (2011) Twentieth century Burns scholars: theories, discoveries and 'The Merry Muses of Caledonia' (1799). Burns Chronicle, Spring, pp. 13-16.

Mackay, P. (2010) Robert Burns: bawdy language. Drouth(38),

Gray, P. (2007) Prudes, pirates and bills of suspension: the correspondence of Burns and "Clarinda". Burns Chronicle, Autumn, pp. 9-13.

Gray, P. (2005) Burns's "O Saw Ye My Maggie". Burns Chronicle, 2005(Spring), pp. 11-14.

Book Sections

Mackay, P. (2016) Robert Burns. In: Oxford Bibliographies Online. Oxford University Press. (Accepted for Publication)

Mackay, P. (2014) Timeline of the European reception of Robert Burns, 1796–2013. In: Pittock, M. (ed.) The Reception of Robert Burns in Europe. Series: The Reception of British and Irish Authors in Europe. Bloomsbury Academic: London, xxiii-lxvii. ISBN 9781441170316

Mackay, P.A. (2011) Enlightened religion and enlightened sex: Robert Burns and his French contemporaries. In: Pittock, M. (ed.) Robert Burns in Global Culture. Bucknell University Press: Lewisburg, PA, pp. 123-138. ISBN 9781611480306

Carruthers, G., and Gray, P.A. (2009) Introduction. In: Carruthers, G. and Gray, P.A. (eds.) The Fornicators Court by Robert Burns. Abbotsford Library Project Trust & The Faculty of Advocates: Edinburgh, UK, pp. 3-13. ISBN 9780956129109

Gray, P. (2009) Robert Burns and gender: is a woman a woman for a’ that? In: Further from the frontiers: cross-currents in Irish and Scottish Studies. AHRC Centre for Irish and Scottish Studies: Aberdeen, pp. 33-40.

Gray, P.A. (2009) Sex and social commentary: Robert Burns's merry musing. In: Rodger, J. and Carruthers, G. (eds.) Fickle Man: Robert Burns in the 21st Century. Sandstone Press: Dingwall, UK, pp. 132-144. ISBN 9781905207275

Edited Books

Carruthers, G. and Gray, P.A., (Eds.) (2009) The Fornicators Court by Robert Burns. Abbotsford Library Project Trust & The Faculty of Advocates: Edinburgh, UK. ISBN 9780956129109

Exhibitions

Mackay, P.A., and Pittock, M. (2011) Robert Burns Beyond Text. [Exhibitions]

Mackay, P.A., and Pittock, M. (2011) Robert Burns Beyond Text. [Exhibitions]

Mackay, P.A., and Pittock, M. (2011) Robert Burns Beyond Text: Treasure of the Month Exhibition. [Exhibitions]

Website

Pittock, M., Mackay, P., and Whatley, C. (2011) Robert Burns: Inventing Tradition and Securing Memory, 1796-1909. [Website]

This list was generated on Wed May 25 06:55:06 2016 BST.