James Hogg's Jacobite Relicsoriginally commissioned by the Highland Society of London in 1817is an important addition to The Collected Works of James Hogg. It created a canon for the Jacobite song which had an enormous influence on subsequent collections, and was of great importance in defining the relationship between the Scottish song tradition and its Romantic editors and collectors. From the first publication of the Relics in 1819, there has been speculation about how many of them were authored or at least substantially altered by Hogg. Murray Pittock has conducted extensive research in this area since 1987, and has identified several previously unknown sources from which Hogg would have worked as he developed his collection. The introduction to volume one includes the crucial issue of Hogg's relationship to the Jacobite song tradition, and the place of the Relics within Hogg's career and personal context, facilitating further interpretations of Hogg's range of creative strategies. Both volumes one and two provide considerable annotation to accurately communicate the context of the songs and Hogg's relationship to the textuality of Jacobite culture. Volume one also includes a bibliography and glossary. The introduction to volume two deals with the genesis of the text and Hogg's relationship with the Highland Society.
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Murray Pittock is Bradley Professor of English Literature at the University of Glasgow
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An exemplary edition in the sense that it amply fulfills the need for a text in an area where textual exploration/discovery is/has moved rapidly of late. Pittock is the expert in the field... I recommend it without hesitation.
A important volumenot only in terms of the larger Stirling/ South Carolina Edition of the Works of James Hogg, but also in the field of Scottish song. His careful annotation, which draws on many years of research into the traditions of Jacobite song, will make this the authoritative edition of a hitherto neglected, but extremely significant collection by a major Scottish writer.