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.
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 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 & Hunter A (eds.) (2016) If Scotland.... Conjecturing 2014. Journal of Scottish Thought, Volume 8. If Scotland: Posting 2014, 23.08.2014-24.08.2014. University of Stirling. https://www.store.abdn.ac.uk/product-catalogue/publications/research-institute-of-irish-and-scottish-studies/journal-of-scottish-thought-volume-8
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. http://www.brill.com/products/book/community-modern-scottish-literature
Hames S (2016) The New Scottish Renaissance?. In: Boxall P & Cheyette B (eds.) 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. https://global.oup.com/academic/product/the-oxford-history-of-the-novel-in-english-9780198749394?cc=gb〈=en&
Hames S (2015) Saving the Union to Death? Gordon Brown and the Evacuation of Britishness. The Drouth, (53), pp. 6-16. https://issuu.com/drouth/docs/scott_hames_saving_the_union_to_dea/7?e=10523491/32050210
Hames S (2014) Scottish Literature, Devolution, and the Fetish of Representation. MLA 2014, Chicago, 09.01.2014-12.01.2014. The Bottle Imp, (Supplement 1). http://www.arts.gla.ac.uk/ScotLit/ASLS/SWE/TBI/TBISupp/TBISupp1/Hames.html
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. http://www.mla.org/store/PID449
Hames S (2013) On Vernacular Scottishness and its Limits: Devolution and the Spectacle of 'Voice'. Studies in Scottish Literature, 39 (1), pp. 201-222, Art. No.: 16. http://scholarcommons.sc.edu/ssl/vol39/iss1/16/
Hames S (2012) Introduction: Don't Feel Bought, You're Buying. In: Hames S (ed.) Unstated: Writers on Scottish Independence. Edinburgh: Word Power Books, pp. 1-18. http://www.word-power.co.uk/books/unstated-I9780956628398/
Hames S (2010) Alan Warner. In: Shaffer B (ed.) The Encyclopedia of Twentieth-Century Fiction. Wiley-Blackwell Encyclopedia of Literature. Oxford: Blackwell Publishing, pp. 374-376. http://eu.wiley.com/WileyCDA/WileyTitle/productCd-1405192445.html
Hames S (2010) Kelman's Art-Speech. In: Hames S (ed.) The Edinburgh Companion to James Kelman. Edinburgh Companions to Scottish Literature. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, pp. 86-98. http://www.euppublishing.com/book/9780748639649
Hames S (2009) Eyeless in Glasgow: James Kelman's Existential Milton. Contemporary Literature, 50 (3), pp. 496-527. http://muse.jhu.edu/journals/contemporary_literature/v050/50.3.hames.html; https://doi.org/10.1353/cli.0.0073
Hames S (2008) Culture, nation and the new Scottish parliament (Book Review). 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. https://doi.org/10.2979/VIC.2008.50.3.519
Hames S (2007) Don Paterson and Poetic Autonomy. In: Schoene B (ed.) The Edinburgh Companion to Contemporary Scottish Literature. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, pp. 245-254. http://www.eupjournals.com/book/9780748623969
Hames S (2004) Fightin' Dominies and Form: Politics and Narrative in Some Modern Scottish Novels of Education. In: Alexander N, Murphy S & Oakman A (eds.) To the Other Shore: Cross-currents in Irish and Scottish Studies. Belfast Studies in Language, Culture and Politics. Belfast: Cló Ollscoil na Banríona (Queen's University Belfast Press), pp. 56-68. http://www.qub.ac.uk/sites/COB/Publications/BelfastStudiesinLanguageCultureandPolitics/
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.