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.
Editor of Edinburgh Companion to James Kelman and Unstated: Writers on Scottish Independence. With Eleanor Bell and Ian Duncan I co-edited the International Journal of Scottish Literature.
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'm active with the the Stirling Centre for Scottish Studies, and the Universities Committee for Scottish Literature.
- Alice Doyle - Archive and Narrative in the 2014 Scottish Independence Referendum (AHRC-funded; CDP with the National Library of Scotland)
- Harry Giles (co-supervised with Kathleen Jamie) - Scrievan Orkney's Future: Marginal Language and Speculative Poetries (AHRC-funded)
- Arianna Introna - Crip Antagonisms: Autonomist Narratives of Disability in Scottish Writing (AHRC-funded)
- Mairi A. MacLeod - The Metaphysical Landscapes of Neil M. Gunn
- Thomas Christie - Ideology, Genre and National Identity in Popular Scottish Fiction, 1975-2006 (completed 2012)
- Neil Syme - The Modern Uncanny: Textuality and Tradition in Post-1970s Scottish Fiction (completed 2014)
- Meghan McAvoy - A Critique of Scottish Literary Nationalism (completed 2015)
I welcome PhD proposals relating to any of the research areas above.