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, on the literary politics of James Kelman.
My wider teaching and research interests lie in Anglophone vernacular writing, modernism and critical theory, and contemporary literature and politics.
I've published 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. I have work in progress on 'literary devolution', Scottish political and cultural magazines, and more on James Kelman.
Various pieces of cultural and political commentary can be found here and here and here.
PhD Supervisees Current:
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)
Mairi A. MacLeod - The Metaphysical Landscapes of Neil M. Gunn
Felix Flores Varona - Remapping Scotland's Literary Influence: José Martí and the (In)Visible Transatlantic Connection
Arianna Introna - Crip Antagonisms: Autonomist Narratives of Disability in Scottish Writing (AHRC-funded; completed 2018)
Meghan McAvoy - A Critique of Scottish Literary Nationalism (completed 2015)
Neil Syme - The Modern Uncanny: Textuality and Tradition in Post-1970s Scottish Fiction (completed 2014)
Thomas Christie - Ideology, Genre and National Identity in Popular Scottish Fiction, 1975-2006 (completed 2012)
I welcome PhD proposals relating to any of the research areas above.
Main research interests in modern Scottish literature and cultural politics (especially James Kelman, Scottish devolution, politics of language and identity); contemporary fiction and criticism; Anglophone vernacular writing; modernism and critical theory.
Hames S (2016) ‘Maybe singing into yourself’: James Kelman, Inner Speech and Vocal Communion. In: Lyall S (ed.). Community in Modern Scottish Literature. Scottish Cultural Review of Language and Literature, 25, Leiden, Netherlands: Brill, pp. 196-213.
Hames S (2016) The New Scottish Renaissance?. In: Boxall P, Cheyette B (ed.). The Oxford History of the Novel in English: Volume 7, British and Irish Fiction Since 1940 . Oxford History of the Novel in English, 7, Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Hames S (2013) Realism and Romance. In: McCracken-Flesher C (ed.). Approaches to Teaching the Works of Robert Louis Stevenson. MLA Approaches to Teaching World Literature, 124, New York: Modern Language Association, pp. 61-68.
Hames S (2008) Book review of: Culture, Nation, and the New Scottish Parliament, Caroline McCracken-Flesher ed. Lewisburg, PA, Bucknell University Press, 2007, 279pp. 083875547X , Victorian Studies, 50 (3), pp. 519-521.
At undergraduate level, I convene the large English Studies survey module taught in the first semester ('Introduction to Literary Studies: Genre') and the second-year module on 'Writing and Theory'. I also teach option modules on 'Rotten English: Voicing Difference' (on literature in non-standard language) and 'Scottish Literature', and contribute to various modules on 'Literary Revolutions', 'Writing and History', American literature, and the history of the novel.