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If you think that the best response to religious extremism is to laugh at it, then James Hogg’s most famous work, published in , demands. Citation for published version: Fielding, P , ‘The Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner’. in The Edinburgh Companion to James Hogg. Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner study guide contains a biography of James Hogg, literature essays, quiz questions.

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The Laird is a jamse, hard-drinking, party animal — the bride, Rabina, holds extreme religious views of the Calvinist variety. The eldest accepted by her husband is raised to be a carefree country squire, the youngest is renounced and raised separately by his mother and adopted father a Calvinist priest and most likely his true father.

Published October 7th by Oxford University Press first published She initially flees him but her confessionx forces her back, and they live separately in the one house. Instead the devil shapes himself according to human images, and as a result is more grotesque and scary. In other projects Wikisource.

The Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner by James Hogg

Geneva Gothic by way of Glasgow or Calvinists on the Verge of a nervous breakdown One of the great bad good books, or good bad books, one or the other, or even just maybe both. Speaking of crows, I heartily endorse the subtext as being an opposition to fanaticism or any dogmatic approach to life or social order.

This is late-Gothic at its most modern and psychological.

I tried to shun him, being bent on my own contemplations; but he cast himself in my way, so that I could not well avoid him; and, more than that, I felt a sort of invisible power that drew me towards him, something like the force of enchantment, which I could not resist. The action of the novel is located in a historically justifiee Scotland with accurately observed settings, and simultaneously implies a pseudo-Christian world of angels, devils, and demonic possession.


I’m gonna wring him.

The Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner

This man eventually comes to absorb his personality, and cpnfessions any sense of morale awareness Robert had. His predestination allows him to let loose.

Hogg was a shepherd poet, with only six months of formal education. He was a shepherd and a farmhand in his youth and had no formal education whatever for lovers of literary trivia, he is also a collateral ancestor of the Canadian writer Alice Munro.

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Eve Sedgwick has a confssions reading of this novel in Between Men: This is where the interesting part of the novel arises. It’s a historical novel: Scottish Gothic novels Philosophical novels British novels s fantasy novels Novels set in Edinburgh British novels adapted into plays British novels adapted into films Works published anonymously in Scotland Scots-language literature Satirical novels Psychological novels Mystery novels.

Some advice for anyone reading Confessions for the first time: A few in-jokes, a bit of murder, and some self righteous godbothering. Wikisource has original text related to this article: This was an anomaly not to be accounted for by any philosophy of mine, and I was many times, in contemplating it, excited to terrors and mental torments hardly describable.

Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Hogg was a contemporary of Walter Scott, but this is certainly tartan noir rather his tartan romance, and seemingly more strongly related to the trend I associate more with German literature of the period towards stories o straddle the fantastical and the psychological. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. I’ve never read such wonderful dialogue.


The document is revealed to be in part a printed document intended for publication [2] and in part a handwritten manuscript. Only one thing, I would think, remains certain–absolute faith in one’s own ideas is the scariest thing imaginable.

I note that when I first saw it my thoughts were jhstified it was a Christian Book. If you consider that this was written in the book is astoundingly shocking. People who like Gothic Horror. A mildly entertaining look at an issue of much relevance: The denial of the veracity, and general rubbishing of his own manuscript strikes me as a stroke of genius blurring the lines between the real and unreal just as the confession itself does.

Convinced of this truth, and now beyond all normal moral boundaries, Wringham is seduced into murder and other crimes. He becomes enamoured by this being, which completely transfixes him. The concept is a brilliant one and Hogg plays it for everything it’s worth. It thumbs its nose at Calvinism, it sympathizes with a murderer, it toys with satanism, it explores insanity vs reality, and the tone of the book juatified like a piece of post-modern metafiction.

I first read this at university, but decided that it was long past time to reread it. Either this book is so deep and complex that no one can actually fathom enough of it to pigeon-hole it in a convincing manner, or it is in fact, everything it says on the tin.