Sunday 15 February 2015

James Hogg and His World Conference: Tentative Programme

“James Hogg and His World”

James Hogg Society Conference (2015)
Tentative Programme
April 9 - 12, 2015

Presented By:
The James Hogg Society

Cosponsored By:
Victoria College in the University of Toronto and
The Department of English, University of Toronto

Conference Coordinator:
Hans de Groot, 
University of Toronto

Programme Directors:
Sharon Alker (Whitman College) and
Holly Faith Nelson (Trinity Western University)

Conference Hotel: Holiday Inn, 280 Bloor Street West, Toronto, (416) 968-0010
Location: All academic sessions will be held in Alumni Hall, Victoria College


James Hogg Exhibition Opening
3:30 p.m. Lobby of the Pratt Library at Victoria College

4:30 pm–6:00 pm Victoria College, Old Building, in the Lobby outside Alumni Hall

5:00 pm–6:30 pm

Official Opening       
6:30 pm Professor Alan Bewell, Chair of English, University of Toronto
Douglas Mack Lecture          
Professor Angela Esterhammer, University of Toronto, “Identity Crises and Unaccountable Acts: More Contexts for Hogg's Justified Sinner

PANEL 1:  9:10 am–10:50 am
Hogg’s Literary Networks and the Periodical Press

Chair: Terry Robinson
  • Yuri Cowan, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, “A Detail of Curious Traditionary Facts”: The Justified Sinner and the Scots Mummy In and Out of the Pages of Blackwood’s” 
  • Koenraad Claes, University of Kent, “‘A Reflection of the Things Around Him’: The Reception of Hogg and other Scottish Authors in the Lady’s Magazine” 
  • Jennifer Scott, Simon Fraser University, “Blackwood’s in the Backwoods: Transatlantic Authorship and the Tory Periodical”   
  • Gillian Hughes, University of Edinburgh, “Hogg’s Extremities: Poetry and Advertising”

Coffee Break: 10:50 am–11:05 am

PANEL 2:  11:05 am–12:45 pm
New Approaches to Hogg

Chair: Penny Fielding
  • Ian Duncan, University of California, Berkeley, “Bad Hogg”
  • Scott R. MacKenzie, University of British Columbia, “James Hogg and His Animals”
  • Megan Coyer, University of Glasgow, “James Hogg and the Medical Blackwoodians: Some New Critical Approaches”
  • Antony Hasler, St. Louis University, “Fathers Should Be Drowned At Birth’: Allusion and Adaptation in Thomas Wilsons Opera Confessions of a Justified Sinner
 Lunch: 12:45 pm–1:30pm
PANEL 3:  1:30 pm–3:10 pm
Confessions Then and Now

Chair:  Corey Andrews 
  • Peter Thanisch, University of Tampere, “A Peculiarly Scottish Obsession with Confession
  • Charles Rousseau, University of Cambridge, “The Allegorical Subject: Fanaticism and The Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner
  • Ruth Knezevich, University of Missouri, “Hogg’s World of Readers:  Reader Responsibility and Responsible Reading in The Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner
  • Sarah Murchison, University of Aberdeen, “Deceit and Duality: James Hogg’s Confessions of a Justified Sinner and Contemporary Crime Fiction”

 Coffee Break: 3:10 pm-3:20 pm

PANEL 4: 3:20 pm – 5:00 pm
Domestic, National, and International Spaces

Chair: Juliet Shields 
  • Bruce Gilkison, “Hogg and the New Zealand Connection”
  • Sharon Alker, Whitman College, and Holly Faith Nelson, Trinity Western University, “The Siege Inside and Out: Hogg’s Three Perils of Man
  • Caroline McCracken-Flesher, University of Wyoming, “No Going Home in The Three Perils of Woman
  • Sarah Sharp, University of Edinburgh, “‘When Fire Is Set to the Mountain’: James Hogg’s ‘Terrible Letters’ and the Politics of National Epidemic”
5:00 pm
Business Meeting
Regent’s Room (GC206) in the Goldring Student Center at 150 Charles Street West (to the North of the old building at Victoria College and across the street)


PANEL 5:  9:10 am–10:50 am
Literary & Historical Relations: Varieties of Influence – Part I

Chair: Caroline McCracken-Flesher
  • Corey Andrews, Youngstown State University, “The ‘Only Worthy Successor’ of Robert Burns: James Hogg’s Poetic Inheritance”
  • Hans de Groot, University of Toronto, “Harmonization and Tonality in the Songs of Burns and Hogg”
  • Juliet Shields, University of Washington, “The Ettrick Shepherd in New York; or, How John Galt made use of Hogg”
  • Zubin Meer, York University, “The Fictional Presentation of Self-Delusion in Galt and Hogg: An Overlooked Episode in the Discovery of the Unconscious” 
Coffee Break: 10:50 am–11:05 am

PANEL 6: 11:05 am–12:45 pm
Literary and Historical Relations: Varieties of Influence – Part II

Chair: Robin MacLachlan
  • Thomas Richardson, Mississippi University for Women, “‘To illustrate something scarcely tangible’: The Novels of the Shepherd and L—t of C—d”
  • Penny Fielding, University of Edinburgh, “Hogg, Law and Testimony:  ‘The Barber of Duncow’ and the trial of Philip Stansfield”
  • Magdalene Redekop, University of Toronto, “Alice Munro and The Ettrick Shepherd: The View from Maverley”
Lunch: 12:45 pm–1:30 pm

PANEL 7: 1:30 pm–2:30 pm
Contributions to Various Periodicals: A Work in Progress

Chair: Adrian Hunter
  • Adrian Hunter, University of Stirling
  • Barbara Leonardi, University of Stirling

Coffee Break: 2:30 pm–2:45 pm

PANEL 8: 2:45 pm–4:30 pm
Modes of Authorship and Readership

Chair: Scott Mackenzie
  • Mark Ittensohn, University of Zurich,   “Reading and Writing the Literary Field: James Hogg’s Poetics of Cyclical Exchange”
  • John Wallerius Hoy, “Identifying Characters with Those Then Living”
  • Christine Marie Woody, University of Pennsylvania, “Hostile Personalities: Embodying authorship in Blackwood’s Magazine
  • Barbara Leonardi, University of Stirling, “Tibby Hyslop’s Respectable Spinsterhood”

7:00 pm                                 
Banquet:  Trattoria Fieramosca, 36a Prince Arthur Avenue
  • Banquet Speaker: Professor Peter Richardson, Emeritus Professor of Religious Studies, University of Toronto
  • Banquet Recital: Meredith Hall, soprano, and Bernard Farley, guitar; songs by Burns and Hogg


Excursion to Elora:  Bus leaves the Holiday Inn at 9:15 am
  • Excursion to the village of Elora where you might choose to see the village and/or attend the church service at the Anglican church (which has an all-professional choir).
  • We will then have lunch at the Aberfoyle Mill.
  • If you let Hans de Groot know by Saturday, he can organize a stop at the airport on the way back. We should be at the airport by about 3:30 pm. We should return to the hotel by about 4:30 pm.