‘[I]t was merely the appearance of flesh without the substance’: How the Victorians received James Hogg (1770-1835)
My masters by research concentrates on the prose works of James Hogg (1770-1835) and his use of the literary concept of the double. I specifically focus upon the impact of his novels alongside his less well-known, and under-evaluated, production of short stories and collections. The literary concept of the double is evaluated through four main perspectives: the traditional doppelgänger; the effect of doubling contrasting characters; the alive/dead body; the double through a topographical context. By analysing Hogg's use of the double through these four lenses, my research will explore his interaction with contemporary society, politics, and especially with ideas concerning nation and nationality.
Scottish Literature Postgraduate Research Bursary