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Thursday, 20 March 2014


Call for Papers

James Hogg and His World

Victoria College, University of Toronto (April 9 – 12, 2015)
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The James Hogg Society welcomes paper proposals for its upcoming conference on James Hogg and His World, to be held at Alumni Hall, Victoria College, University of Toronto from April 9-12, 2015. Abstracts for 20-minute papers should be submitted to Sharon Alker and Holly Faith Nelson at alkersr@whitman.edu and holly.nelson@twu.ca respectively by September 15th, 2014.

The conference title is meant to be understood broadly and covers a wide range of potential topics connected to the lives and/or works of Hogg and his contemporaries as situated in the world of late eighteenth- and early nineteenth-century Britain or as transmitted across the globe from the mid-eighteenth century to the present day.


Papers might, for example,

·        examine the literary representation of various spaces (from micro to macro) in Hogg’s world: for example, the farm, Ettrick, the Borders, Edinburgh, Scotland, or empire;

·        explore the place of Hogg and / or his contemporaries in the literary circles of Edinburgh and London, or in the literary marketplace of the Americas;

·        address features of late eighteenth- and early nineteenth-century culture that significantly impacted the world and works of Hogg and/or his contemporaries;

·        consider the ways by which Hogg and/or his contemporaries introduced and engaged with local, regional, or global concerns in their works;

·        deconstruct the notion of a single “world” in which Hogg and/or his contemporaries wrote to reveal the rich diversity of mental and/or material texts that intersect or collide in their works;

·        reflect on how Hogg and/or his contemporaries made use of earlier literary paradigms and practices by adapting them to their own world;

·        discuss how the texts of later writers engaged with and adapted the work of Hogg and/or his contemporaries to make sense of or ‘interpret’ their own world.

For a tentative schedule of the conference, including information on plenary speakers, recitals, and excursions, click the following link on the James Hogg Blog:

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