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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 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 edited the 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.

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.

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.

I have ongoing research interests in Scottish Cultural and Political Magazines 1967-1991 (in partnership with the Scottish Political Archive and others), which extend a funded research project on 'Narrating Scottish Devolution: Literature, Politics and the Culturalist Paradigm', which led to an article in C21 Literature and this Guardian podcast.

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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