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dc.contributor.advisorHunter, Adrian-
dc.contributor.advisorHalsey, Katie-
dc.contributor.authorHotchkiss, Duncan-
dc.description.abstractJames Hogg (1770-1835), the labouring-class writer from Selkirkshire in Scotland, was the subject of the marginalising forces of class prejudice and economic inequality during his lifetime. In the 184 years since his death, Hogg’s place in literary histories of the Scottish – and British – Romantic-era has been characterised as peripheral and dissident. This thesis readdresses Hogg’s relationship to marginality by arguing that he had agency in the construction of his identity as an outsider. It foregrounds the formal characteristics of the short story, historicised within specific contexts of publication, in shaping Hogg’s performance of authenticity in relation to class, place, and language. In doing so, the thesis argues that authenticity is a performative function of text and form, rather than a natural essence of authorship and authorial biography. The performance of authenticity functions within and through the Hoggian short story’s characteristic portability. I argue that portability incorporates two dialogically related elements: materiality and narrative aesthetics. Firstly, portability is defined in its literal sense of material transference. Hogg’s short stories moved between contexts and media of publication, from one periodical to another, from periodical to book, and from one geographic location to another. The thesis also argues that portability is constructed within short stories, providing a unifying framework for Hogg’s interrogative narrative praxis, identified elsewhere in Hogg studies as a cross-generic aesthetic of his fiction and poetry. Those narrative aesthetics are grounded in the formal characteristics and historical contexts specific to the short story form and its mutable contexts of publication.en_GB
dc.publisherUniversity of Stirlingen_GB
dc.subjectJames Hoggen_GB
dc.subjectScottish studiesen_GB
dc.subjectperiodical studiesen_GB
dc.subjectbook historyen_GB
dc.subjectthe short storyen_GB
dc.subjectScottish literatureen_GB
dc.subjectworking class historyen_GB
dc.subject.lcshHogg, James 1770-1835 Criticism and interpretationen_GB
dc.subject.lcshRomanticism Great Britain.en_GB
dc.subject.lcshScottish literatureen_GB
dc.subject.lcshShort stories Scottishen_GB
dc.subject.lcshChange in literatureen_GB
dc.titlePerforming authenticity: James Hogg and the portable short storyen_GB
dc.typeThesis or Dissertationen_GB
dc.type.qualificationnameDoctor of Philosophyen_GB
dc.contributor.funderArts and Humanities Research Councilen_GB
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