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Dr Scott Hames


English Studies University of Stirling, Stirling, FK9 4LA

Dr Scott Hames

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About me

I write mainly about Scottish literature and cultural politics, with a focus on the era of devolution (1967-present). I did 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.

My monograph on The Literary Politics of Scottish Devolution: Voice, Class, Nation is forthcoming from EUP in 2019; it's a cultural history and critique of devolution, focused on the role of writers, critics and intellectuals. I edited the Edinburgh Companion to James Kelman and Unstated: Writers on Scottish Independence. With Eleanor Bell and Ian Duncan I co-founded and co-edited the International Journal of Scottish Literature. With Camille Manfredi and Marie-Odile Pittin-Hedon, I'm currently editing a collection of essays on twenty-first century Scottish writing. I also maintain an online bibliography of James Kelman criticism.

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, ‘theory’ and cultural nationalism. I have work in progress on the Indyref novel, more on James Kelman, and various collaborative projects in development on Scottish cultural and political magazines of the 1960s-90s.

I'm the programme director for the MLitt in Scottish Literature, which I co-founded in 2007. I'm active with the Stirling Scottish Studies Network, the Scottish Critical Heritage Research Network and the Universities Committee for Scottish Literature.

My ongoing interests in Scottish cultural and political magazines follow on from a research project on 'Narrating Scottish Devolution: Literature, Politics and the Culturalist Paradigm', which led to an article in C21 Literature and this Guardian podcast.

With Professor Maria Fusco (Northumbria; PI), I run an AHRC Research Network on 'De-Localising Dialect', exploring new creative and critical practices for and about vernacular language art. Over three workshops held in 2019, we aim to establish an original research agenda that places ‘dialect’ and its debates at the centre of critical attention in the nexus of art, literature and sociolinguistics.

Various pieces of cultural and political commentary can be found here and here and here.

PhD Supervisees

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.

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