Main research interests in modern Scottish literature and cultural politics (especially James Kelman, Scottish devolution); contemporary fiction; Anglophone vernacular writing; modernism and critical theory.
I write mainly about Scottish literature and cultural politics, with a focus on the era of devolution (1967-present). I came to Stirling in 2004, following my PhD at the University of Aberdeen.
Further teaching and research interests in Anglophone vernacular writing; modernism and critical theory; contemporary literature and politics.
Articles on James Kelman (and masculinity, existentialism, canonicity, inner-speech, vernacular aesthetics), Alistair MacLeod, William McIlvanney, Alice Munro, Andrew O'Hagan, Don Paterson, Robert Louis Stevenson, Alan Warner, Irvine Welsh, Scottish novels of education, vernacular fetishism, devolution, ‘theory’ and cultural nationalism. Work in progress on the culturalist narrative of Scottish devolution, and the politics of 'voice'.
With Suzanne Gilbert, I co-founded and convene the MLitt in Scottish Literature. I am also chair of the Stirling Centre for Scottish Studies, and Secretary of the Universities Committee for Scottish Literature.
I welcome PhD proposals relating to any of the research areas above.