Studies in Hogg and his World
Issues 29-30 (2020-2021)
Douglas Gifford 1940-2020
DISTINGUISHED SCHOLAR INVITED ESSAY
Extreme Pastoral: James Hogg and Other Animals
Hogg and Hogg, Hogg on Hogg: Finding a Place in the Pantheon of Poets
An Ettrick Shepherd in London: Bringing the Margins to the Metropolis
The Plagues o’ the Land: James Hogg, Witchcraft, and the Unsettling of Enlightenment Narratives of History in ‘The Witches of Traquair’ and ‘The Hunt of Eildon’
Mari Ulvestad Komnaes
Further Letters from Hogg to the Laidlaws of Blackhouse
Marmion: A Tale of Flodden Field, by Walter Scott
Edited by Ainsley McIntosh
The Shorter Poems, by Walter Scott
Edited by P. D. Garside and Gillian Hughes
Reviewed by Graham Tulloch
Romantic Periodicals in the Twenty-First Century: Eleven Case Studies from ‘Blackwood’s Edinburgh Magazine’
Edited by Nicholas Mason and Tom Mole
Reviewed by Thomas C. Richardson
Contributions to English, Irish, and American Periodicals
Edited by Adrian Hunter, with associate editor Barbara Leonardi
Reviewed by Dana Graham Lai
Daniel Cook, Walter Scott and Short Fiction
by Graham Tulloch
Some Passages in the Life of Mr Adam Blair, Minister of the Gospel at Cross-Meikle, by John Gibson Lockhart
Edited by Thomas C. Richardson
Reviewed by Robin MacLachlan
For those readers interested in the current state of the grave of James Hogg, you may want to read the new article in The Sunday Times: "James Hogg's Grave Left 'Desecrated' by Safety Rules" (if you have access to the paper).
If you would like to contribute to the appeal to restore the headstone of James Hogg and other headstones in Ettrick Kirkyard, you can make a donation through the James Hogg Exhibition bank account with the Bank of Scotland. The name of the account is 'Friends of Ettrick School', the sort Code is 80-18-66 and the account number is 06001256. Or you can contact Vicky Davidson, the Coordinator of the Ettrick and Yarrow Community Development Company at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Any sum, however, small, would be incredibly helpful.
As the Blog post on 5 July 2020 reported, James Hogg's gravestone in Ettrick Kirkyard is currently laid flat along with nearly fifty others, because of health and safety concerns. It is estimated that £20,000 is needed to restore the Kirkyard to the state it needs to be in. If you would like to contribute to the Kirkyard restoration, you’ll find details below.
In the meantime, there is good news about the headstone in Warriston Cemetery, Edinburgh that commemorates Hogg’s widow Margaret and two of the couple’s children. Like her husband’s, Margaret’s headstone had been laid flat. Thanks to a contribution from the James Hogg Society, it has now been restored to its original position, despite the pandemic and some terrible weather.
As the Before and After photos show, it now stands ready to withstand the ravages of time for the foreseeable future.
If you would like to contribute to the appeal to restore the headstone of James Hogg and other headstones in Ettrick Kirkyard, you can make a donation through the James Hogg Exhibition bank account with the Bank of Scotland. The name of the account is ‘Friends of Ettrick School’, the sort Code is 80-18-66 and the account number is 06001256. Or you can contact Vicky Davidson, the Coordinator of the Ettrick and Yarrow Community Development Company at email@example.com
Any sum, however small, would be incredibly helpful, as a belated celebration of Hogg’s 250th anniversary year.
As one literary anniversary closes, another begins. In an online event sponsored by the National Library of Scotland, award-winning writer James Robertson and cultural critic Valentina Bold are discussing James Hogg, ‘The Ettrick Shepherd’ (1770 – 1835), and Walter Scott, ‘The Great Unknown’ and ‘The Shirra’ (1771 - 1832). Original, innovative and skilled, they were almost exact contemporaries: Borderers at heart, but from very different backgrounds. This event explores the lives and works of these Scottish writers of international significance, and celebrates their distinctive legacies in poetry and prose, from The Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner to the Waverley novels.
This free event is taking place on Thursday 11 February 2021 from 1700 to 1800 (UK time). Further details about registering for it can be found at https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/the-shepherd-and-the-shirra-james-hogg-and-walter-scott-at-250-tickets-136304359007
For those who missed the event, it can now be viewed on YouTube (hosted by the National Library of Scotland).
|James Hogg. Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons|
A recent article has just been published on the importance of James Hogg in helping to form Scottish fiction. Our readers may find it interesting. To access it, click on the link below:
Giancarlo Rinaldo, "James Hogg, The Shepherd Who Helped to Shape Scottish Fiction," BBC.Com, 30 November, 2020.
Studies in Hogg and his World invites submissions for the next double issue of the journal (29-30) which is currently scheduled for publication in the Fall of 2021.
Academic articles, pedagogical papers, or notes on any aspect of the life or writings of James Hogg or his contemporaries are welcome. In terms of pedagogical papers, we are especially interested in how the writings of Hogg are made relevant or significant to students in the contemporary classroom. If you wish to review a book for the journal, please contact the editor, Dr. Holly Faith Nelson (Holly.Nelson@twu.ca). Studies in Hogg and his World is a double-blind peer reviewed journal. Therefore, all articles, pedagogical papers, and notes submitted will undergo the double-blind peer review process. Submissions should be made to Dr. Holly Faith Nelson at Holly.Nelson@twu.ca.
Professor Sharon Alker (Whitman College)
Dr Paul Barnaby (University of Edinburgh)
Professor Ian Campbell (University of Edinburgh)
Professor Ian Duncan (University of California Berkeley)
Professor Angela Esterhammer (University of Toronto)
Professor Peter Garside (University of Edinburgh)
Dr Suzanne Gilbert (University of Stirling)
Dr Robin MacLachlan (Treasurer, James Hogg Society)
Professor Anthony Mandal (University of Wales, Cardiff)
Professor Silvia Mergenthal (University of Konstanz)
Professor Holly Faith Nelson (Trinity Western University)
Dr Meiko O’Halloran (University of Newcastle)
Professor Murray Pittock (University of Glasgow)
Professor Patrick Scott (University of South Carolina)
Professor Fiona Stafford (Somerville College, University of Oxford)
Professor Graham Tulloch (Flinders University)