Friday, 20 July 2012

The Edinburgh Companion to James Hogg:
A Must Buy

The Edinburgh Companion to James Hogg, edited by Ian Duncan and the late Douglas Mack, has recently appeared on the literary scene (Edinburgh University Press, 2012). Its well-researched, lucid, and engaging sixteen essays on every major aspect of the life and works of James Hogg make it mandatory reading for any scholar interested in seriously taking up the study of James Hogg and for any general reader who simply wants to gain a better understanding of the author of The Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner, the work by Hogg most often read and admired. Almost all of the contributors to the volume have been researching and writing on Hogg for a decade or more, none longer than Douglas Mack, who worked on Hogg for more than forty years before his untimely death in 2009.

The Table of Contents of the remarkably affordable Edinburgh Companion to James Hogg is as follows:

Brief Biography of James Hogg - Ian Duncan
Introduction: Hogg and his Worlds - Ian Duncan
1. Hogg, Ettrick, and Oral Tradition - Valentina Bold and Suzanne Gilbert
2. Hogg and the Book Trade - Peter Garside
3. Magazines, Annuals and the Press - Gillian Hughes
4. Hogg's Reception and Reputation - Suzanne Gilbert
5. Hogg and the Highlands - Hans de Groot
6. Hogg and Working-Class Writing - Sharon Alker and Holly Faith Nelson
7. Politics and the Presbyterian Tradition - Douglas S. Mack
8. Hogg and Nationality - Caroline McCracken-Flesher
9. Hogg, Gender, and Sexuality - Silvia Mergenthal
10. Hogg and Music - Kirsteen McCue
11. Hogg as Poet - Fiona Wilson
12. Hogg and the Theatre - Meiko O'Halloran
13. Hogg and the Short Story - John Plotz
14. Hogg and the Novel - Graham Tulloch
15. Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner: Approaches - Penny Fielding
16. Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner: Afterlives - Gillian Hughes

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