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James Hogg: Scotland's Shepherd Poet Symposium

February 21, 2020
1:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Whittall Pavilion, Thomas Jefferson Building, Library of Congress

etching, portrait of a man.
James Hogg. From The Queen's Wake: A Legendary Poem, 1872 (frontispiece).

This one-day symposium will explore the work of James Hogg, “The Ettrick Shepherd” (1770-1835), an influential Scottish song-maker, folklore collector, novelist, and poet. Inspired by Robert Burns, colleague of Walter Scott, and friend of Lord Byron, Hogg played a major role in creating and promoting Scottish culture, within Scotland and internationally. Widely read in 19th century America, he is best remembered for his novels, including The Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner (1824) and his folksong collection Jacobite Reliques (1819). This symposium, for the first time, will compare his work with that of more recent American performers and collectors, who also served as intermediaries between the worlds of folk, popular, and literary culture. Speakers will explore issues around field collecting, song transmission and creation over the past three centuries. An afternoon of presentations and discussions will be capped by a performance featuring renowned singer Sheena Wellington, who has recorded and performed some of Hogg’s best known songs.


Select this link for the webcast of this symposium. Also available on Library of Congress YouTube. See the schedule page for the order of presentations.
Co-sponsored by the American Folklife Center, the University of Stirling, and the Scottish Government.


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