James McNaughton

James McNaughton

Associate Professor
Director, Graduate Studies


  • PhD, English, University of Michigan

Research Areas

  • 20th-Century British Literature
  • Critical Theory
  • Modernism


Associate Professor McNaughton joined the UA English faculty in 2007. Indebted to archival research, McNaughton’s work examines the intersections among history, politics, and modernist aesthetics. His areas of specialty include 20th-century Irish writing, British and Irish poetry, Anglo-European modernism, and critical theory.

McNaughton is a winner of the University of Alabama’s Outstanding Commitment to Teaching Award, 2013.

McNaughton founded and directs “UA in Ireland,” a study abroad program run in conjunction with the National University of Ireland, Galway.



Articles and Book Chapters

  • “Samuel Beckett’s ‘Echo’s Bones’: Politics and Entailment in the Irish Free-State.” Modern Fiction Studies 60.2 (Summer 2014), 320-344.
  • “Thomas MacGreevy’s Poetics of Loss: War, Sexuality, and Archive.” Journal of Modern Literature 35.4 (2012), 130-150.
  • “The Politics of Aftermath: Beckett, Modernism, and the Free State.” Beckett and Ireland: New Perspectives. Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 2010, 56-77.
  • “Beckett’s ‘Brilliant Obscurantics’: Watt and the Problem of Propaganda.” Samuel Beckett: History, Memory, Archive. Palgrave Macmillan, 2010, 47-69.
  • “Beckett, German Fascism, and History: The Futility of Protest.” Samuel Beckett Today/Aujourd’hui 15 (2005), 101-116.


Book and Theater Reviews