Dr Gerard Lee McKeever
- British Academy Postdoctoral Research Fellow (English Literature)
- Scottish Romanticism
- Regional Cultures
- Spatial Humanities
- Scottish Enlightenment
Dr McKeever’s research is focused on the literature of Scottish Romanticism during the later eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, and on the area of the spatial humanities. 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. A monograph on this subject is contracted to Palgrave Macmillan.
He has a monograph short forthcoming with 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. In 2018, McKeever and Benchimol co-edited the first applied research volume in Scottish Romanticism, 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’, 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. He is a member of the University’s Textual Editing Lab’: https://www.gla.ac.uk/researchinstitutes/artslab/labs/textualeditinglab/.
May 2017: British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowship. ‘Regional Romanticism: Dumfriesshire and Galloway, 1770-1830’. September 2017 – September 2020. £315,260. Principal Investigator.
Dr McKeever's current teaching at Glasgow covers:
- MLitt Romantic Worlds
- Honours Romantic Literature, 1780-1840
- Masters and Honours dissertation supervision
- 2A 'Writing and Ideology' and 1B 'The Novel and Narratology', Honours 'Literary Theory'
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'.