Dr Gerard Lee McKeever

  • British Academy Postdoctoral Research Fellow (English Literature)

Research interests

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  • Regional Studies
  • Nineteenth-Century Literature
  • Eighteenth-Century Literature
  • Spatial and Environmental Humanities
  • Scottish Romanticism
  • Scottish Enlightenment
  • Improvement
  • Textual Editing

Dr McKeever’s research is focused on eighteenth and nineteenth-century Scottish literature. His current British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowship is a study of the regional context of Dumfriesshire and Galloway between 1770 and 1830, investigating questions of space in the interaction between local, national and global cultures. A monograph on this subject is contracted to Palgrave Macmillan.

He has a monograph shortly forthcoming with Edinburgh University Press, which develops the centrality of ideas of progress as ‘improvement’ 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. In 2018, McKeever and Benchimol co-edited Cultures of Improvement in Scottish Romanticism, 1707-1840 (Routledge).

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’ at the University of Glasgow. He graduated in 2015

 


Publications

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2020

McKeever, G. L. (2020) Dialectics of Improvement: Scottish Romanticism, 1786-1831. Series: Edinburgh critical studies in romanticism. Edinburgh University Press: Edinburgh. ISBN 9781474441674 (In Press)

2019

McKeever, G. L. (2019) George Thomson to Robert Burns: a newly-identified manuscript letter-fragment. Studies in Scottish Literature, 45(1), pp. 75-84.

Mckeever, G. (2019) John Paul Jones and the curse of home. Philological Quarterly, (Accepted for Publication)

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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Articles

McKeever, G. L. (2019) George Thomson to Robert Burns: a newly-identified manuscript letter-fragment. Studies in Scottish Literature, 45(1), pp. 75-84.

Mckeever, G. (2019) John Paul Jones and the curse of home. Philological Quarterly, (Accepted for Publication)

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.

Books

McKeever, G. L. (2020) Dialectics of Improvement: Scottish Romanticism, 1786-1831. Series: Edinburgh critical studies in romanticism. Edinburgh University Press: Edinburgh. ISBN 9781474441674 (In Press)

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

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Grants

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


Teaching

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Dr McKeever's current teaching at Glasgow covers:

  • MLitt Romantic Worlds: Encountering Environments (convener)
  • Honours Romantic Literature, 1780-1840 (convener)
  • MLitt Romantic Worlds: Selves and Societies
  • Undergraduate and postgraduate dissertation supervision
  • 1B 'The Novel and Narratology