James McNaughton

James McNaughton



  • PhD, English, University of Michigan

Research Areas

  • 20th-Century Irish and British Literatures
  • Critical Theory
  • International Modernisms


I joined UA English in 2007 as a specialist in 20th-Century Irish writing, British and Irish poetry, Anglo-European modernisms, and critical theory. Though my scholarship addresses modernism and Irish writing more broadly, my recent work examines Samuel Beckett’s political aesthetic. I find Beckett’s work particularly exciting and productive in exploring specific connections among politics, philosophy, literature, and history. I welcome the chance to work with students interested in these areas.

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

In 2013, I was awarded the University of Alabama’s Outstanding Commitment to Teaching Award.



Reviews: Textual Practice, The Beckett Circle, Irish University Review, Journal of Beckett Studies, Twentieth-Century Literature.

Special Issue

  • McNaughton, James with Neil Doshi, eds. “Beckett’s Political Aesthetic on the International Stage.” Special issue, Samuel Beckett Today/Aujuord’hui 31:2 (2019), 183-327.

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