Regional Romanticism: Dumfriesshire and Galloway, 1770-1830 combines archival research and single-authored publications with a programme of events, delivered with partners from within academia and the region’s resurgent arts scene. It illuminates a neglected aspect of Scottish and British literary history, leveraging a regional perspective to reconsider the cultural politics of a formative period for modern Britain.

Key research questions include:

  • What is distinctive about the literary construction of Dumfriesshire and Galloway in the later eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries?
  • What is the relationship between the local, the national and the global in writing connected with the area?
  • How does this case-study inflect our understanding of regional cultures and of the relationship between text and space?

The Fellow:

Dr Gerard Lee McKeever has published a variety of work on eighteenth and nineteenth-century literature, including a 2020 monograph titled Dialectics of Improvement: Scottish Romanticism, 1786-1831 for Edinburgh University Press’s ‘Edinburgh Critical Studies in Romanticism’ series. He has published articles in journals including Studies in Romanticism, Philological Quarterly, Studies in Scottish Literature, Scottish Literary Review and Studies in Hogg and his World. A collection of essays he co-edited with Alex Benchimol, Cultures of Improvement in Scottish Romanticism, 1707-1840, was published by Routledge in 2018.

Prior to his British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowship, Gerard was a Research Assistant on the AHRC-funded Editing Robert Burns for the 21st Century project at the University of Glasgow, where he graduated with a PhD in English Literature in 2015. He is now a Research Fellow at the University of Stirling, working on the Books and Borrowing 1750-1830: An Analysis of Scottish Borrowers’ Registers (AHRC) project.