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Professor Liam McIlvanney

Stuart Chair of Scottish Studies and Co-Director of the Centre for Irish and Scottish Studies

Email: liam.mcilvanney@otago.ac.nz

Liam McIlvanney is the inaugural Stuart Professor of Scottish Studies. He holds degrees from the universities of Glasgow and Oxford and was previously Senior Lecturer in English at the University of Aberdeen. His monograph, Burns the Radical: Poetry and Politics in Late Eighteenth-Century Scotland, won the Saltire First Book Award in 2002. He has published on various aspects of eighteenth-century Scottish literature, Ulster-Scots poetry, contemporary Scottish fiction, and Scottish diaspora writing. He is co-editor of Ireland and Scotland: Culture and Society, 1700-2000 (Four Courts, 2005), The Good of the Novel (Faber, 2011), The Cambridge Companion to Scottish Literature (2012) and a special ‘Baxter and Burns’ number of the Journal of New Zealand Literature (2012). He is currently researching Scottish allusions and affiliations in the work of the New Zealand poet James K. Baxter. A former General Editor of the Association for Scottish Literary Studies, he serves on the advisory boards of Studies in Scottish Literature and the International Journal of Scottish Literature, and as an international advisor to the Scottish Historical Review Trust. His reviews have appeared in the Times Literary Supplement and the London Review of Books. His first novel, All the Colours of the Town, was published by Faber in 2009. His second, Where the Dead Men Go, appeared in September 2013 and won the Ngaio Marsh Award for Best NZ Crime Novel in 2014. For further information, see Professor McIlvanney’s profile on the English Department website.


Postgraduate Students


Ailbhe McDaid, ‘“Home no longer matters”: The Migration Impulse in Irish Poetry Since 1970’

Daniel Milosavljevic, ‘Piobaireachd in New Zealand: Past, Present, Future’

Josef Olson, ‘Reading and Writing the Past: Walter Scott’s Historical Fiction’

Sarah Paterson, 'The Changing Shape of Kathleen Jamie's Poetry and Prose'

Sharon Matthews, 'Archetypal Structures in the Plays of James K. Baxter'


Jared Lesser, ‘Poetics of the Body in the Work of James Joyce’

Lisa McGonigle, 'Post-Catholic Ireland in literature and popular culture'

Liam McIlvanney

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