It includes some fascinating insights into Hogg’s place in the emigrant imagination explored in Alice Munro’s The View from Castle Rock:
Hogg’s short stories, in their content and in their material existence, embody dialogue between lowland Scotland and places far beyond ‘the view from Castle rock’. Munro’s stories offer an imagining of emigration which operates between the ‘real’ (her own family’s experience) and the fictional. Hogg similarly exploits that gap between the ‘real’ and the ‘fictional’, and in doing so his short stories give an insight into how ‘imagined communities’ are continually forged and re-forged through processes involving the interaction between the vernacular and the printed word.
(Some related work on Scottish-Canadian emigrant identities (in the fiction of Alice Munro and Alistair MacLeod) has been published by the shameless author of this post. It can be found here.)