James Hogg

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Noun1.James Hogg - Scottish writer of rustic verse (1770-1835)James Hogg - Scottish writer of rustic verse (1770-1835)
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Hogg's use of the fantastic in The Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner leads Sandner to position this self-styled folklorist and humble Ettrick Shepherd as a sort of "nascent post-modernist.
Significantly positing the existence not of Christ but of the devil, the novel laments the violent processes of incorporation that metamorphose a person into a literary fiction, or what the Ettrick Shepherd once deplored in his characteristic burr as "deevilry.
The poem is full of tongue-in-cheek addresses by the Ettrick Shepherd to the Maid of Dunedin, who personifies the poetry-reading public as embodied by the fashionable young women of Hogg's Edinburgh.