James Hogg in the World
8 May – 22 July 2017, Pathfoot Building, University of Stirling
This summer, the University of Stirling is staging a major exhibition on Hogg’s life and work. Entitled James Hogg in the World, the exhibition explores the worldwide reach of Hogg’s writing and reputation throughout his lifetime and beyond.
The exhibition marks the culmination of a three-year AHRC-funded project charting the circulation of Hogg’s work in 19th-century periodicals and newspapers around the English-speaking world. Drawing directly on this new research, the exhibition gathers together key texts and artefacts from Canada, the USA, the Caribbean, India, Ireland, Australia and New Zealand. It explores the remarkable capacity of Hogg’s writing to speak to audiences across time and place, from diasporic Scots in the colonies of Granada and Bermuda, to campaigners for the abolition of slavery in the United States, to officers of the East India Company in Calcutta and Bengal. Closer to our own time, Hogg’s legacy is reflected in a section of the exhibition dedicated to his collateral descendant, and Nobel laureate, Alice Munro, whose enigmatic short stories revel in themes and ideas that were central to Hogg’s work.
As well as poetry and fiction, song was a major preoccupation of Hogg’s, and many musical settlings enjoyed wide distribution overseas. For the exhibition, new recordings of some of these have been commissioned and will be made available via a ‘listening post’.
An illustrated online and print catalogue will provide a permanent record of the exhibition.
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