Explorations in the Medical Humanities

James Hogg (1770-1835) and Illness Narratives in a Scottish Context

Monday, December 11, 2017  6:00pm - 7:30pm The Heyman Center, Second Floor Common Room


Arden Hegele

Carmel Raz

Heidi Hausse

Lan Li

Edinburgh was a hotbed of medical research and study in the early nineteenth century. The city laid claim to a thriving periodical culture, which served as a significant medium for the dissemination and exchange of medical and literary ideas throughout Britain, the colonies, and beyond. Enmeshed in this periodical culture was one of Scotland’s foremost Romantic writers, James Hogg, a poet and novelist known as ‘The Ettrick Shepherd’. Despite his dedication to the traditional and the folkloric, Hogg was imaginatively stimulated by the vibrant scientific and medical culture of post-Enlightenment Edinburgh. In this lecture, Professor Megan Coyer takes Hogg’s prose writing as a test case for analyzing pathographies and illness narratives within the distinctive cultural context of Romantic-era Scotland.


  • Speaker

    Megan Coyer

    Lecturer of English Literature

    University of Glasgow

  • Respondent

    Cristobal Silva

    Assistant Professor of English and Comparative Literature

    Columbia University


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