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Peer Review Status: Refereed
Author(s): Leonardi, Barbara
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Title: James Hogg, 'Basil Lee', and the Pragmatics of Highland Masculinity
Citation: Leonardi B (2011) James Hogg, 'Basil Lee', and the Pragmatics of Highland Masculinity. In: Online Proceedings of the Annual Conference of the Poetics and Linguistics Association (PALA) 2011. PALA 2011: Poetics and Linguistics Association Annual Conference, Windhoek, Namibia, 05.07.2011-09.07.2011. Poetics and Linguistics Association.
Issue Date: 2011
Date Deposited: 2-Apr-2015
Conference Name: PALA 2011: Poetics and Linguistics Association Annual Conference
Conference Dates: 2011-07-05 - 2011-07-09
Conference Location: Windhoek, Namibia
Abstract: The present paper will develop a literary-pragmatic analysis of 'Basil Lee', a short novella published in 1820 by Scottish writer James Hogg (1770-1835). The analysis will view literature as an interactive phenomenon between author and readers. The writing and reading processes will be assumed to be a conversation about the text, which may be influenced by the author's and reader's historical positions, although not totally determined by it since they both can resist or comply with the cultural values of their time. The aim is to show that the negative response to Hogg's text at its time of publication may have been motivated by the subversiveness of its subject. Hogg presenting a prostitute as a lady at heart who 'redeems' through marriage a supposedly Highland soldier, and prevents him from deserting the imperial war in Quebec, may have defied bourgeois principles of literary politeness; while their subsequent happy marriage may also have been perceived as Hogg's manifest intention to critique the apparent assumptions of respectability of contemporary bourgeois marriage.
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