Monday, 3 September 2018

The Annual Jack Prize: The International Association for the Study of Scottish Literature

The International Association for the Study of Scottish Literatures (IASSL) is pleased to announce the launch of the annual Jack Prize, to be awarded annually for the best article on a subject related to Reception or Diaspora in Scottish Literatures (including Scots, English, Gaelic and Latin). 

The prize is named in honour of Professor Ronald Dyce Sadler Jack D.Litt. FRSE (1941-2016), Professor of Scottish and Mediaeval Literature at the University of Edinburgh from 1987-2004 and director of the Bibliography of Scottish Literature in Translation. 

Professor Jack’s work on Scottish literature’s Continental and Italian dimensions was groundbreaking. From his The Italian Influence in Scottish Literature (1972) on, he championed a concept of Scottish literature open to the world and engaged in dialogue with it. This prize of £100 or equivalent is named in his memory and awarded in his honour annually.

Submissions should be sent to Professor Caroline McCracken-Flesher (University of Wyoming:, Convenor of IASSL, by St Andrew’s Day, 30 November 2018.

Tuesday, 31 July 2018

Jeanie Moffat

We are sorry to record the death of Jeanie Moffat, an early member of the James Hogg Society who served as Secretary for a number of years. Jeanie, who died on 26 July 2018 after a period of illness, was a staunch Borderer whose infectious enthusiasm for James Hogg enlivened many of the Society`s conferences. We are most grateful for Jeanie`s significant contribution to the work of the Society.  

Jeanie Moffat's funeral will be held at the Borders Crematorium, Melrose, Scotland, on Friday, 3 August 2018 at 1:00 p.m.


Saturday, 3 March 2018

James Hogg Poem Discovered in an Album

A poem by James Hogg, handwritten in the album of one Augusta Gow, dated 2 March 1832,  has been discovered by the bookseller Charles Nelson of Kernoozers Ltd. An article on the finding has been published by The Scotsman. It includes a tentative transcription of the poem, a version of which will be included in the upcoming edition of the Uncollected Works of James Hogg, the final volume in the Stirling / South Carolina Research Edition of the Collected Works of James Hogg. 

Friday, 21 July 2017

New Double Issue of Studies in Hogg and his World

A new double issue of Studies in Hogg and his World has now been published. The contents are as follows:

Issue No. 25-26, 2015-2016, Ed. H. B. de Groot

H. B. de Groot and Elaine Petrie, Thomas Crawford 1920-2014


Angela Esterhammer, "Identity Crises and Unaccountable Acts: More Contexts for Hogg's Justified Sinner"

Gillian Hughes, "Hogg's Extremities: Poetry and Advertising"

Gerard Lee McKeever, "'All that I choose to tell you is this': Improvement Confronts the Supernatural in Hogg's Short Fictions"

Ruth Knezevich, "Fronti nulla fides -- that is -- "Put no confidences in Title-pages'": The Responsible Reading of Paratexts in Hogg's Confessions"

Alasdair Thanisch and Peter Thanisch, "James Hog's 'Old Errors digged out of their Graves'"

Thomas Richardson, "'To illustrate something scarcely tangible': The Novels of the Shepherd and L-- of C--d"


Graham Tulloch and Judy King, "Two Further James Hogg Letters"


Songs by the Ettrick Shepherd by James Hogg, edited by Kirsteen Mccue with Janette Currie, and Contributions to Musical Collections and Miscellaneous Songs by James Hogg, edited by Kirsteen McCue with Janette Currie and Megan Coyer
Reviewed by C. M. Jackson-Houlston

Introduction and Notes from the Magnum Opus: Waverley to A Legend of the Wars of Montrose by Walter Scott, and Introduction and Notes from the Magnum Opus: Ivanhoe to Castle Dangerous by Walter Scott, edited by J. H. Alexander with P. D. Garside and Claire Lamont
Reviewed by Graham Tulloch

The Oxford History of the Novel in English: Vol. 3, The Nineteenth-Century Novel 1820-1880 edited by John Kucich and Jenny Bourne Taylor
Reviewed by Ian Duncan

William Maginn and the British Press: A Critical Biography by David E. Latané
Reviewed by Gillian Hughes

Romanticism and Blackwood's Magazine: 'An Unprecedented Phenomenon' edited by Robert Morrison and Daniel S. Roberts
Reviewed by Kim Wheatley

Contemporary Scottish Gothic: Mourning, Authenticity, and Tradition by Timothy C. Baker
Reviewed by Caroline McCracken-Flesher

Paul Bright's Confessions of a Justified Sinner: Reconstructed by Untitled Projects
Reviewed by Robin MacLachlan

Thursday, 20 July 2017

2017 James Hogg Conference Program

The 2017 James Hogg Conference has been an exhilarating one, with a wide and fascinating array of papers exploring new aspects of Hogg's life, works and afterlife. The program below suggests new points of entry into Hogg Studies.

Locating Hogg: July 19-21 2017
University of Stirling Conference Schedule

Wednesday 19 July

From 1600 Registration in Pathfoot exhibition space
From 1700 Reception (Pathfoot exhibition space and C1/C2)
Drinks, followed by buffet

Welcome from the University of Stirling • Adrian Hunter
Introduction to the exhibition: James Hogg in the World
Kirsteen McCue, accompanied by David Hamilton, Hogg’s well-travelled songs

Bruce Gilkison, welcome address: Hogg’s Games in the 21st Century

Thursday 20 July (Pathfoot C1/C2)

0930-1100 Panel A: From Ettrick to the world: Locating Hogg’s literary influence
Chair: Caroline McCracken-Flesher
  • Juliet Shields, Hogg, Oliphant, and the Scottish Supernatural Tale 
  • Hannah Pyle, Finding Hogg through the ghostly Victorian presence, or; The case of (Patrick) Branwell Bronte 
  • Thomas C. Richardson, Locating Hogg in the Literature of the American South 
1100-1120 Break

1120-1230 Panel B: Locating the ‘cameleon’s art’: Confessions and the printed page
Chair: Sharon Alker
  • Alasdair Thanisch and Peter Thanisch, The Rise and Fall of Allographic Paratext Surrounding Hogg’s Justified Sinner 
  • Jaix Chaix, ‘The Devil Drives His Hogs to an Ill Market’: Direction & Orientation in A Justified Sinner
1230-1330 Lunch 1330-1430

The Douglas Mack Lecture • Penny Fielding, Locating James Hogg in Space and Time, introduced by Ian Duncan


Panel C: Locating ‘Mr A.T. Philosopher’: Hogg and the philosophy of being (in)human

Chair: Thomas C Richardson
  • Ian Duncan, Locating Human Nature in Hogg’s Fictional Autobiographies  
  • Caroline McCracken-Flesher, Posthuman James Hogg? 
1540-1600 Break

1600-1730 Panel D: ‘A Kaleidoscopic art’: locating Hogg across forms
Chair: Adrian Hunter
  • Duncan Hotchkiss, A portable form? Hogg’s short fiction in Blackwood’s Edinburgh Magazine 
  • David Stewart, Knowing Narratives and Hogg’s Fictional Places 
  • Sharon Alker and Holly Faith Nelson, Literally and Figuratively Locating Hogg’s Writings for The Uncollected Works in the Stirling / South Carolina Research Edition of the Collected Works of James Hogg 
Friday 21 July (Pathfoot C1/C2)

0920-1050 Panel E: Locating Hogg in Scot(t)land: The politics of early nineteenth-century national cultures

Chair: Duncan Hotchkiss
  • Marie Michlova, James Hogg and Sir Walter Scott’s Circle 
  • Barbara Leonardi, Locating James Hogg’s and Walter Scott’s Use of Vernacular Voices within Early Nineteenth-Century Englishness 
  • Tamara Gosta, ‘Of things half-known, and half-forgot’: Locating James Hogg on the Field of Waterloo
1050-1100 Break

1100-1200 Panel F: ‘He was a gey sensible man for a' the nonsense he wrat’: locating the supernatural Hogg

Chair: Barbara Leonardi
  • Robin MacLachlan, ‘Where fell the scathe?’ – Hogg, Witches, and Witchcraft 
  • Joshua Dobbs, Re-locating Gil-Martin: Fairies Versus Christianity Within Justified Sinner 
1200-1300 Lunch

1300-1400 Panel G: Tracking Hogg: places and traces

Chair: Suzanne Gilbert
  • Bruce Gilkison, Tracking Hogg today: the Borders and Beyond 
  • Adrian Hunter, Hogg and Scott’s ‘First’ Meeting: The View from Alice Munro 
1400-1430: Round-table discussion on Hogg studies in the future: Planing New Projects

Chairs: Holly Faith Nelson and Sharon Alker

1440-1530 James Hogg Society AGM

1530 Departure for Stirling tour (from Pathfoot) 1815 Conference Dinner at Hermann’s, in Stirling’s old town

Sunday, 22 January 2017

James Hogg Facebook Group

Bridie Ashrowan, a resident of the Ettrick Valley, has established a Facebook Group dedicated to the life and writings of James Hogg:   James Hogg Writer & Poet, The Ettrick Shepherd (1770 -1835). Its members include creative writers, musicians, scholars, students, and fans from across the globe. If you would like to become a member of this public group, go to

Bridie Ashrowan

Saturday, 29 October 2016

Locating James Hogg

 James Hogg Society Biennial Conference
19-21 July, 2017

University of Stirling,

 Call for Papers

To ‘locate’ means to establish, place, or situate, but also to discover, to settle, and to orient. Where, when, and how do we ‘locate’ James Hogg, be it culturally, politically, linguistically, geographically, or in respect of period, genre, or style?  How do we position Hogg’s writing and reputation in current and historical debates about nation, tradition and identity, or within the work of other writers, past and present? What does his restless preoccupation with matters of origin, tradition and locality reveal about our own situatedness (or lack of it) as readers and critics? 

The James Hogg Society invites proposals for 20-minute papers and 90-minute panels on the theme of ‘locating James Hogg’.

Abstracts of 300 words should be sent, by 31 January 2017, to

Conference Team:
Suzanne Gilbert
Duncan Hotchkiss
Adrian Hunter
Barbara Leonardi