Dr Gerard Lee McKeever

  • British Academy Postdoctoral Research Fellow (English Literature)

Research interests

  • Scottish Romanticism
  • Regional cultures
  • Scottish Enlightenment
  • Improvement

Dr McKeever’s research is focused on the literature of Scottish Romanticism during the later eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. His current British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowship is a study of the neglected regional context of Dumfriesshire and Galloway between 1770 and 1830, particularly focused on questions of space in the interaction between local, national and global cultures.

He is also finishing a monograph for Edinburgh University Press, which develops the centrality of ‘improvement’, the Enlightenment’s doctrine of progress, to Romanticism in Scotland. He has published articles on a variety of writers including Robert Burns, John Galt and James Hogg, for journals including Studies in Romanticism, Studies in Scottish Literature and Scottish Literary Review.

Dr McKeever is a founding Co-Convener of the Scottish Romanticism Research Group at the University of Glasgow, alongside Dr Alex Benchimol. McKeever and Benchimol have co-edited the first applied research volume in Scottish Romanticism, Cultures of Improvement in Scottish Romanticism, 1707-1840, in press with Routledge for 2018.

Before taking up his present role, Dr McKeever was a Research Assistant on the AHRC-funded ‘Editing Robert Burns for the 21st Century’ project in Scottish Literature at the University of Glasgow, working on the new Oxford University Press edition of Burns, in particular on volumes of Robert Burns’s Songs for George Thomson

Dr McKeever’s AHRC-funded PhD thesis was a study of Scottish Romanticism and ‘improvement’, completed at the University of Glasgow in 2014. Reviews by him appear in BARS Bulletin & Review, BSECS Criticks, English: The Journal of the English Association and the Glasgow Review of Books.


Grants

May 2017: British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowship. ‘Regional Romanticism: Dumfriesshire and Galloway, 1770-1830’. September 2017 – September 2020. £315,260. Principal Investigator.


Teaching

Dr McKeever's current teaching at Glasgow covers:

  • MLitt Romantic Worlds
  • Honours Romantic Literature, 1780-1840
  • Masters and Honours dissertation supervision
  • Lecturer on 2A 'Writing and Ideology' and 1B 'The Novel and Narratology'

He has previously been a member of the core teaching team for English Literature 2A 'Writing and Ideology', Scottish Literature 2B 'Early Scottish Literature and Language' and Honours 'Contemporary Scottish Literature'. He has also lectured on Scottish Literature 1B 'Reading the Nation' and Honours 'Irish and Scottish Literature in the 18th and 19th Centuries'.


Publications

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2018

Benchimol, A. and McKeever, G. L. (2018) Introduction: mapping cultures of improvement in Scottish Romanticism. In: Benchimol, A. and McKeever, G. L. (eds.) Cultures of Improvement in Scottish Romanticism, 1707-1840. Series: The enlightenment world: political and intellectual history of the long eighteenth century. Routledge: New York ; London, pp. 1-16. ISBN 9781138482937

McKeever, G. L. (2018) Simplicity, rightly understood?: Improvement in the collaboration of Robert Burns and George Thomson. In: Benchimol, A. and McKeever, G. L. (eds.) Cultures of Improvement in Scottish Romanticism, 1707-1840. Series: The enlightenment world: political and intellectual history of the long eighteenth century. Routledge. ISBN 9781138482937

Benchimol, A. and McKeever, G. L. (Eds.) (2018) Cultures of Improvement in Scottish Romanticism, 1707-1840. Series: The enlightenment world: political and intellectual history of the long eighteenth century. Routledge. ISBN 9781138482937

2016

McKeever, G. L. (2016) Thomas Blacklock. In: Cook, D. (ed.) The Literary Encyclopedia: Scottish Writing and Culture, 400-present [online]. The Literary Dictionary Company.

McKeever, G. L. (2016) John Lapraik. In: Cook, D. (ed.) The Literary Encyclopedia: Scottish Writing and Culture, 400-present [online]. The Literary Dictionary Company.

McKeever, G. L. (2016) 'All that I choose to tell you is this': improvement confronts the supernatural in Hogg's short fictions. Studies in Hogg and His World, 25-26, pp. 30-44.

McKeever, G. L. (2016) Burns's tales of 'Aloway Kirk' and romantic short fiction. Scottish Literary Review, 8(2), pp. 19-35.

McKeever, G. L. (2016) 'Tam o' Shanter' and aesthetic cultural nationalism. Studies in Scottish Literature, 42(1), pp. 31-48.

McKeever, G. L. (2016) 'With wealth come wants': Scottish Romanticism as improvement in the fiction of John Galt. Studies in Romanticism, 55(1), pp. 69-94.

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Number of items: 9.

Articles

McKeever, G. L. (2016) 'All that I choose to tell you is this': improvement confronts the supernatural in Hogg's short fictions. Studies in Hogg and His World, 25-26, pp. 30-44.

McKeever, G. L. (2016) Burns's tales of 'Aloway Kirk' and romantic short fiction. Scottish Literary Review, 8(2), pp. 19-35.

McKeever, G. L. (2016) 'Tam o' Shanter' and aesthetic cultural nationalism. Studies in Scottish Literature, 42(1), pp. 31-48.

McKeever, G. L. (2016) 'With wealth come wants': Scottish Romanticism as improvement in the fiction of John Galt. Studies in Romanticism, 55(1), pp. 69-94.

Book Sections

Benchimol, A. and McKeever, G. L. (2018) Introduction: mapping cultures of improvement in Scottish Romanticism. In: Benchimol, A. and McKeever, G. L. (eds.) Cultures of Improvement in Scottish Romanticism, 1707-1840. Series: The enlightenment world: political and intellectual history of the long eighteenth century. Routledge: New York ; London, pp. 1-16. ISBN 9781138482937

McKeever, G. L. (2018) Simplicity, rightly understood?: Improvement in the collaboration of Robert Burns and George Thomson. In: Benchimol, A. and McKeever, G. L. (eds.) Cultures of Improvement in Scottish Romanticism, 1707-1840. Series: The enlightenment world: political and intellectual history of the long eighteenth century. Routledge. ISBN 9781138482937

McKeever, G. L. (2016) Thomas Blacklock. In: Cook, D. (ed.) The Literary Encyclopedia: Scottish Writing and Culture, 400-present [online]. The Literary Dictionary Company.

McKeever, G. L. (2016) John Lapraik. In: Cook, D. (ed.) The Literary Encyclopedia: Scottish Writing and Culture, 400-present [online]. The Literary Dictionary Company.

Edited Books

Benchimol, A. and McKeever, G. L. (Eds.) (2018) Cultures of Improvement in Scottish Romanticism, 1707-1840. Series: The enlightenment world: political and intellectual history of the long eighteenth century. Routledge. ISBN 9781138482937

This list was generated on Mon Dec 17 19:27:20 2018 GMT.