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Professor Liam McIlvanney

MA(Hons) (Glasgow), DPhil (Oxon)
Stuart Chair in Scottish Studies
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Email liam.mcilvanney@otago.ac.nz
Phone 64 3 479 4936
Office 101
First Floor
99 Albany Street
Dunedin

Mail Department of English and Linguistics
University of Otago
PO Box 56
Dunedin 9054
New Zealand


Expertise

Scottish literature and culture since 1707, including Robert Burns, Scottish vernacular poetry, the Glasgow Novel, Ulster-Scots poetry, contemporary Scottish writing, Irish-Scottish literary connections, literature of the Scottish Diaspora, and Scottish crime fiction.

Professor McIlvanney is Director of the University’s Scottish Studies Programme.

Teaching

ENGL 120 Creative Writing: How to Captivate and Persuade
ENGL 220 Creative Writing: Reading for Writers
ENGL 241/341 Irish-Scots Gothic and the Gothic as Genre (not offered 2018)
ENGL 243 Tartan Noir: Scottish Crime Fiction
ENGL 350 Special Topic Contemporary Irish and Scottish Poetry
ENGL 472 Imagining Scotland

Research Supervision

I am happy to supervise in any of the areas listed above. Prospective postgraduate students should visit the Postgraduate Pages on the Scottish Studies website.

Current Research

I recently co-edited (with Ray Ryan) a collection of essays on The Good of the Novel (Faber, 2011), co-edited (with Gerard Carruthers) The Cambridge Companion to Scottish Literature (CUP, 2012), and co-edited (with Dougal McNeill) a special "Baxter and Burns" number of the Journal of New Zealand Literature (2012). I am currently completing two articles on Scottish poetry in colonial New Zealand. My second novel, Where the Dead Men Go, was published by Faber in 2013 and won the Ngaio Marsh Award for Best NZ Crime Novel in 2014.

Recent Presentations

'The "Global Turn" in Burns Studies', Global Romanticism (2nd annual Romantic Studies Association of Australasia conference), University of Sydney, 5 July 2013.

'Scottish Poetry in the South Seas', George Watson Memorial Lecture, On the Edge: Transitions, Transgressions and Transformations in Irish and Scottish Studies (Joint Canadian Association for Irish Studies/Research Institute for Irish and Scottish Studies conference), Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, BC, 19 June 2013.

‘“On Life’s rough ocean luckless starr’d”: The Visionary Voyages of Robert Burns’, Romantic Voyagers – Voyaging Romantics, Victoria University Wellington, 30 September 2012.

‘Internal Borders in Scott and Buchan’, Walter Scott: Sherriff and Outlaw (Ninth International Scott Conference), University of Wyoming, 7 July 2011.

'Imagining Scotland and the Scottish Diaspora', Inaugural Professorial Lecture, University of Otago, 13 October 2010

‘The Curious Physical: Sense and Sensation in Late Victorian Scottish Literature’, The Victorian Sensorium (The Australasian Victorian Studies Association Conference), University of Otago, 5 February 2009

‘Burns the Radical’, Guest lecture, Queen’s University Belfast, 25 January 2007

'How, Where (and Why) to Begin', AHRC Irish-Scottish Poetry Symposium, Queen’s University Belfast, 24 November 2006

‘Robert Burns and the French Revolution’, Robert Burns Conference, École Normale Supérieure, Lyon, 26 November 2004

‘Across the Narrow Sea: The Language, Literature and Politics of Ulster Scots’, The Smithsonian Institution, Great Schools Programme, Washington DC, 19 March 2004

AllColours-cover resized Where the Dead Men Go cover resized     Cambridge Companion cover Good-of-Novel

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Publications

McIlvanney, L., & Tulloch, G. (2014). Sciascia and Rankin: Detective fiction in Sicilian and Scottish modes. In G. Tulloch, K. Agutter & L. d'Arcangeli (Eds.), Sicily and Scotland: Where extremes meet. (pp. 20-31). Leicester, UK: Troubador.

McIlvanney, L. (2014). The visionary voyages of Robert Burns. In A. I. Macinnes & D. J. Hamilton (Eds.), Jacobitism, enlightenment and empire, 1680-1820. (pp. 173-191). London: Pickering & Chatto.

McIlvanney, L. (2014). 'They gang in stirks and come out asses': Creative writing and Scottish Studies. Studies in Scottish Literature, 40(1), 7-14.

McIlvanney, L. (2014, February). Creative writing and the canon: The Scottish experience. Verbal presentation at the Professing Creativity Conference: Teaching Creative Writing in Aotearoa, Wellington, New Zealand.

McIlvanney, L. (2013). Where the dead men go. London: Faber & Faber, 352p.

Authored Book - Research

McIlvanney, L. (2013). Where the dead men go. London: Faber & Faber, 352p.

McIlvanney, L. (2009). All the colours of the town. London: Faber and Faber, 329p.

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Edited Book - Research

Carruthers, G., & McIlvanney, L. (Eds.). (2012). The Cambridge companion to Scottish literature. New York, NY: Cambridge University of Press, 301p.

McIlvanney, L., & Ryan, R. (Eds.). (2011). The good of the novel. NY: Continuum International, 225p.

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Chapter in Book - Research

McIlvanney, L., & Tulloch, G. (2014). Sciascia and Rankin: Detective fiction in Sicilian and Scottish modes. In G. Tulloch, K. Agutter & L. d'Arcangeli (Eds.), Sicily and Scotland: Where extremes meet. (pp. 20-31). Leicester, UK: Troubador.

McIlvanney, L. (2014). The visionary voyages of Robert Burns. In A. I. Macinnes & D. J. Hamilton (Eds.), Jacobitism, enlightenment and empire, 1680-1820. (pp. 173-191). London: Pickering & Chatto.

McIlvanney, L. (2012). The Glasgow novel. In G. Carruthers & L. McIlvanney (Eds.), The Cambridge companion to Scottish literature. (pp. 217-232). New York, NY: Cambridge University of Press.

Carruthers, G., & McIlvanney, L. (2012). Introduction. In G. Carruthers & L. McIlvanney (Eds.), The Cambridge companion to Scottish literature. (pp. 1-10). New York, NY: Cambridge University of Press.

McIlvanney, L., & Ryan, R. (2011). Introduction. In L. McIlvanney & R. Ryan (Eds.), The good of the novel. (pp. vii-xiv). NY: Continuum International.

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Journal - Research Article

McIlvanney, L. (2014). 'They gang in stirks and come out asses': Creative writing and Scottish Studies. Studies in Scottish Literature, 40(1), 7-14.

McIlvanney, L. (2012). Poems like hand grenades: Baxter, Burns, and Bawdry. Journal of New Zealand Literature, 30, 29-51.

McIlvanney, L. (2010). Burns and the world [Editorial]. International Journal of Scottish Literature, 6(Spring/Summer). Retrieved from http://www.ijsl.stir.ac.uk/issue6/editorial.htm

McIlvanney, L. (2006). It started with the flutes. To Hell With Journals Edition A: North & South, 78-95.

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Journal - Research Other

McIlvanney, L., & McNeill, D. (2012). Watching a dead man's ember glow. Journal of New Zealand Literature, 30, 6-8. [Editorial].

McIlvanney, L. (2012). A lonely Orpheus [Review of the book The snake-haired muse: James K Baxter and classical myth]. New Zealand Books, 22(1), 19. [Book Review].

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Conference Contribution - Verbal presentation and other Conference outputs

McIlvanney, L. (2014, February). Creative writing and the canon: The Scottish experience. Verbal presentation at the Professing Creativity Conference: Teaching Creative Writing in Aotearoa, Wellington, New Zealand.

McIlvanney, L. (2012, November). The Glasgow background. Verbal presentation at the Celebration of John Buchanan FLS (1819-1898) Symposium, Dunedin, New Zealand.

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