KELMAN BIBLIOGRAPHY: GROUPED BY THEME

This version of the bibliography is grouped into sections; sources may appear under several headings.
It is also available as one giant list. This is really a supplement to the wealth of information on Kelman’s own website.


Introductions and Overviews 

Bernstein, Stephen. 2000. “James Kelman.” Review of Contemporary Fiction 20.3: 42-80.

Carruthers, Gerard. 1997. “James Kelman.” Post-War Literatures in English 18 (March 1997): 1-14.

Craig, Cairns. 1993. “Resisting Arrest: James Kelman.” In The Scottish Novel Since the Seventies: New Visions, Old Dreams, edited by Gavin Wallace and Randall Stevenson, 99-114. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press.

Hames, Scott, ed. 2010. Edinburgh Companion to James Kelman. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press.

Jackson, Ellen-Raïssa and Willy Maley, eds. 2002. “Kelman and Commitment.” Edinburgh Review 108: 21-122. [Special part-issue of journal collecting eight articles on Kelman; articles cited separately below.]

Klaus, H. Gustav. 1994. “Kelman for Beginners.” Journal of the Short Story in English, 22: 127-135.

Klaus, H. Gustav. 2004. James Kelman. Tavistock, Devon: Northcote House.

Kövesi, Simon. 2007. James Kelman. Manchester: Manchester University Press.

Milne, Drew. 1992. “James Kelman: Dialectics of Urbanity.” Swansea Review 13: 393-407.


Kelman Essays, Biographical Sources and selected interviews 

Kelman Essays, Statements and Radical History:

Kelman, James, 1992. Some Recent Attacks: Essays Cultural and Political. Stirling, Scotland: AK Press.

Kelman, James. 2006. “Introduction” to Born Up a Close: Memoirs of a Brigton Boy by Hugh Savage, 9-65. Glendaruel, Argyll: Argyll Publishing.

Kelman, James. 2008. “And the judges said…”: Essays. Edinburgh: Birlinn.

Key Interviews and Biographical Sources:

Brooks, Libby. 2016. “James Kelman: ‘Intimidation, provocation, contempt –that’s the working class experience’.” Guardian, 15 July [https://www.theguardian.com/books/2016/jul/15/books-interview-james-kelman-working-class-experience]

Clark, William. 2001. “A Conversation with James Kelman.” Variant 2.12: 3-7. [http://www.variant.org.uk/pdfs/issue12/variant_issue12.pdf]

Harris, Roxy. 2009. “An Interview with James Kelman.” Wasafiri 24.2: 21-26. [https://doi.org/10.1080/02690050902771597]

Kelman, James. 1995. “K is for Culture.” Scottish Trade Union Review 68 (Jan/Feb): 24-29.

Kelman, James. 2007. “Afterword.” In An Old Pub Near the Angel and Other Stories, 121-84. Edinburgh: Birlinn. [Extended personal essay and memoir; this edition includes a 1973 interview with Anne Stevenson (Scotsman, 14 July 1973)].

McLean, Duncan. 1985. “James Kelman Interviewed.” Edinburgh Review 71: 64-80. 

McNeill, Kirsty. 1989. “Interview with James Kelman.” Chapman 57: 1-9.

No Author. 2018. “Interview with James Kelman.” Thi Wurd 3: 1-23. 

Toremans, Tom. 2003. “An Interview with Alasdair Gray and James Kelman.” Contemporary Literature 44.4: 565-86. [https://www.jstor.org/stable/3250586]


BY PERIOD AND FORM

Kelman’s Earlier Fiction (to 1994) 

Bell, Ian A. 1990. “James Kelman.” New Welsh Review 10: 18-22.

Dixon, Keith. 1990. “Punters and Smoky Breath: The Writings of James Kelman.” Écosse: Littérature et Civilisation 9: 65-77.

Engledow, Sarah. 2002. “Studying Form: The Off-The-Page Politics of A Chancer.” Edinburgh Review 108: 69-84.

Kelly, Aaron. 2009. “‘I just tell the bloody truth, as I see it’: James Kelman’s A Disaffection, the Enlightenment, Romanticism and Melancholy Knowledge.” Études écossaises 12: 79-99. [https://journals.openedition.org/etudesecossaises/193]

Knights, Ben. 1999. “‘The Wean and That’: Paternity and Domesticity in The Busconductor Hines’ in Writing Masculinities: Male Narratives in Twentieth-Century Fiction, 180-94. London: Palgrave.

McMillan, Neil. 2002. “Wilting, or the ‘Poor Wee Boy Syndrome’: Kelman and Masculinity.” Edinburgh Review 108: 41-55.

Miller, Karl. 1989. “Glasgow Hamlet” in Authors, 156-62. Oxford: Clarendon Press.

Murphy, Terence Patrick. 2007. “From Alignment to Commitment: The Early Work of James Kelman.” Cultural Logic 10 (Summer 2007). [Via Researchgate]

Shanks, Paul. 2010. “Early Kelman.” In Edinburgh Companion to James Kelman, edited by Scott Hames, 9-19. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press.

Spinks, Lee. 2002. “In Juxtaposition to Which: Narrative, System and Subjectivity in the Fiction of James Kelman.” Edinburgh Review 108: 85-105.


How late it was, how late and the 1994 Booker Prize 

Bayley, John. 1994. “Why we chose James Kelman.” The Times, 12 October.

Bell, Ian A. 1994. “Empty Intensifiers: Kelman Wins ‘The Booker’ (At last).” New Welsh Review 27: 12-14.

Gearhart, Stephannie. S. 2010. “‘The More There Is To See’: Another Look at James Kelman’s How Late It Was, How Late.” Scottish Literary Review 2.1: 77-94.

Gilbert, Geoff. 1999. “Can Fiction Swear? James Kelman and the Booker Prize.” In An Introduction to Contemporary Fiction: International Writing in English since 1970, edited by Rod Mengham, 219-34. Cambridge: Polity.

Hames, Scott. 2009. “Eyeless in Glasgow: James Kelman’s Existential Milton.” Contemporary Literature 50.3: 496-527. [https://doi.org/10.1353/cli.0.0073]

Jenkins, Simon. 1994. “An Expletive of a Winner.” The Times, 15 October.

McGlynn, Mary. 2002. “‘Middle-Class Wankers’ and Working-Class Texts: The Critics and James Kelman.” Contemporary Literature 43.1: 50-84. [http://doi.org/10.2307/1209016]

McGlynn, Mary. 2010. “How late it was, how late and Literary Value.” In Edinburgh Companion to James Kelman, edited by Scott Hames, 20-30. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press.

McNeill, Dougal. 2008. “‘Edging Back Into Awareness:’ How Late it Was, How Late, Form and the Utopian Demand’, COLLOQUY text theory critique 15. [http://artsonline.monash.edu.au/wp-content/arts-files/colloquy/colloquy_issue_fifteen/mcneill.pdf]

Müller, Christine Amanda. 2002. “How James Kelman Survived the Booker Prize.” Counterpoints [Graduate Conference Proceedings, Flinders University] 2.1. [http://ehlt.flinders.edu.au/projects/counterpoints/Proc_2002/A6.htm]

Pitchford, Nicola. 2000. “How Late It Was for England: James Kelman’s Scottish Booker Prize.” Contemporary Literature 41.1: 693-725. [https://www.jstor.org/stable/1209008]

Travis, Anna. 2019. “Interior Monologue as Social Critique in James Kelman’s How Late It Was, How Late.” Études britanniques contemporaines 56 [https://journals.openedition.org/ebc/6857]

Wood, James. 1994. “In Defence of Kelman.” Guardian, 25 October.


Later Fiction (1995- ) 

Boxall, Peter. 2010. “Kelman’s Later Novels.” In Edinburgh Companion to James Kelman, edited by Scott Hames, 31-41. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press.

Braidwood, Alistair. 2018. “Go West: James Kelman’s American Odyssey.” Bottle Imp 23. [https://www.thebottleimp.org.uk/2018/07/go-west-james-kelmans-american-odyssey/]

Dussol, Vincent. 2013. “James Kelman’s Confrontational Ethics in You Have to Be Careful in the Land of the Free.” In Ethics of Alterity, Confrontation and Responsibility in 19th- to 21st-Century British Literature, edited by Jean-Michel Ganteau and Christine Reynier, 181-92. Montpelier: Presses universitaires de la Méditerranée.

Hagemann, Susanne. 2005. “Postcolonial translation studies and James Kelman’s Translated Accounts.” Scottish Studies Review 6.1: 74-83.

Hames, Scott. 2015. “Kelman, Suspicion and the Fantasy of Homeland Security.” Bottle Imp 18. [https://www.thebottleimp.org.uk/2015/06/kelman-suspicion-and-the-fantasy-of-homeland-security/]

Hames, Scott. 2016. “‘Maybe Singing into Yourself’: James Kelman, Inner Speech and Vocal Communion.” In Community in Modern Scottish Literature, edited by Scott Lyall, 196-213. Leiden, Brill.

Jones, Carole. 2015. “James Kelman’s Melancholic Politics.” Scottish Literary Review 7.1 (Spring/Summer): 89-112. [https://muse.jhu.edu/article/582221]

Klaus, H. Gustav. 2005. “Anti-Authoritarianism in the Later Fiction of James Kelman.” In “To Hell with Culture”: Anarchism and Twentieth-Century British Literature, edited by H. Gustav Klaus and Stephen Knight, 162-177. Cardiff: University of Wales Press.

Korzeniowska, Aniela. 2010. “James Kelman: A Resistance to Transfer.” International Journal of Scottish Literature 7. [http://www.ijsl.stir.ac.uk/issue7/korzeniowska.htm]

Manfredi, Camille. 2015. “Tales from the Pigeon Hole: James Kelman’s Migrant Voices.” Études anglaises 68.2: 210-223.

Milne, Drew. 2001. “Broken English: James Kelman’s Translated Accounts”. Edinburgh Review 108: 106-115.

Rinzler, Simone. 2015. “A Political Philosophy of Stylistic Defamiliarization: Ethics of the Post-Apocalyptic Self or What Is Really Translated in James Kelman’s Translated Accounts?” In The Ethics and Poetics of Alterity: New Perspectives on Genre Literature, edited by Maylis Rospide and Sandrine Sorlin, 48-62. Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars.

Schoene, Berthold. 2009. “James Kelman’s Cosmopolitan Jeremiads.” In The Cosmopolitan Novel, 66-94. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press.

Vericat, Fabio. 2011. “Letting the Writing do the Talking: Denationalising English and James Kelman’s Translated Accounts.Scottish Literary Review 3.1 (Spring/Summer): 129-51.

Wood, James. 2014. “Away Thinking About Things” [review-article on Kelman’s story collection If it was your life]. New Yorker. 25 August 2014. [https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2014/08/25/away-thinking-things]


Short Story and drama Criticism

Archibald, David. 2010. “Kelman’s Drama.” In Edinburgh Companion to James Kelman, edited by Scott Hames, 65-71. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press.

Hunter, Adrian. 2010. “Kelman and the Short Story.” In Edinburgh Companion to James Kelman, edited by Scott Hames, 42-52. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press.

Lansdown, Richard. 2014. “Politics and Art: James Kelman’s Not not while the giro.” Scottish Literary Review 6.2 (Autumn/Winter): 67-92. [https://muse.jhu.edu/article/562529/pdf]

Macarthur, J.D. 1996. “The Narrative Voice in James Kelman’s The Burn.” Studies in English Literature [English Literary Society of Japan] 72.2: 181-195.

Macarthur, J.D. 2004. “A Sense of Place: Narrative Perspective in the Short Stories of James Kelman.” Journal of the Short Story in English 42 (Spring 2004): 75-89. [https://journals.openedition.org/jsse/378]

Macarthur, J.D. 2007. Claiming Your Portion of Space: A Study of the Short Stories of James Kelman. Tokyo: Hokuseido.

May, Charles. 2015. “James Kelman and the ‘Art’, Not the Message, of the Short Story.” Reading the Short Story [Blog post] [http://may-on-the-short-story.blogspot.com/2015/07/james-kelman-and-art-not-social-message.html]

Milne, Drew. 1992. “James Kelman: Dialectics of Urbanity.” Swansea Review 13: 393-407.

Murphy, Terence Patrick. 2003. “Durational Realism? Voice over Narrative in James Kelman’s An Old Pub near the Angel, and Other Stories.” Journal of Narrative Theory 33.3: 335-355. [https://doi.org/10.1353/jnt.2010.0003]

Murphy, Terence Patrick. 2006. “‘Getting Rid of that Standard Third Party Narrative Voice’: The Development of James Kelman’s Early Authorial Style.” Language and Literature 15(2): 183-99. [https://doi.org/10.1177%2F0963947006063746]

Nistor, Gabriela. 2004. “The Paranoiac Dimension of James Kelman’s Short Story Characters.” American, British and Canadian Studies [Anglophone Society of Romania] 4 (December). [http://abcjournal.ulbsibiu.ro/Gabriela%20Nistor.html]


CRITICAL CONTEXTS

Scottish Contexts

Bell, Ian A. 1996. “Imagine Living There: Form and Ideology in Contemporary Scottish Fiction.” In Studies in Scottish Fiction: 1945 to the Present, edited by Suzanne Hagemann, 217-233. Frankfurt: Peter Lang.

Böhnke, Dietmar. 1999. Kelman Writes Back: Literary Politics in the Work of a Scottish Writer. Berlin: Galda & Wilch.

Craig, Cairns. 1993. “Resisting Arrest: James Kelman.” In The Scottish Novel Since the Seventies: New Visions, Old Dreams, edited by Gavin Wallace and Randall Stevenson, 99-114. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press.

Craig, Cairns, 1999. “Dialect and Dialectics” in The Modern Scottish Novel: Narrative and the National Imagination, 75-116. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press.

Gardiner, Michael. 2006. “Kelman’s Interventions” in From Trocchi to Trainspotting: Scottish Critical Theory Since 1960, 152-77. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press.

Gifford, Douglas. 1991. “Discovering Lost Voices.” Books in Scotland 38 (Summer 1991): 1-6.

Kelly, Aaron. 2007. “James Kelman and the Deterritorialisation of Power.” In The Edinburgh Companion to Contemporary Scottish Literature, edited by Berthold Schoene, 175-83. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press.

Macdonald, Graeme. 2002. “A Scottish Subject? Kelman’s Determination.” Études Écossaises 8: 89-111.

Malzahn, Manfred. 1987. “The Industrial Novel.” In The History of Scottish Literature, Vol 4, edited by Cairns Craig, 229-41. Aberdeen: Aberdeen University Press.

McMillan, Dorothy. 1995. “Constructed Out of Bewilderment: Stories of Scotland.” In Peripheral Visions: Images of Nationhood in Contemporary British Fiction, edited by Ian A. Bell, 80-99. Cardiff: University of Wales Press.

McMunnigall, Alan and Gerry Carruthers, 2002. “Locating Kelman: Glasgow, Scotland and the Commitment to Place.” Edinburgh Review 108: 56-68.

Milne, Drew. 2003. “The Fiction of James Kelman and Irvine Welsh.” In Contemporary British Fiction, edited by Richard J. Lane, Rod Mengham and Philip Tew, 158-73. Cambridge: Polity Press.

Scott, Jeremy. 2005. “Talking Back the Centre: Demotic Language in Contemporary Scottish Fiction.” Literature Compass 2.1: 1-26. [https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1741-4113.2005.00148.x]

Watson, Roderick. 1995. “Alien Voices from the Street: Demotic Modernism in Modern Scots Writing.” In The Yearbook of English Studies (vol 25), edited by Andrew Gurr, 141-55. London: Maney. [https://www.jstor.org/stable/3508823]

Zderadickova, Olga. 2004. “Scottish National Identity in the Works of James Kelman.” Theory and Practice in English Studies [Masaryk University, Czech Republic] 2. [http://www.phil.muni.cz/angl/thepes/thepes_02_27.pdf]


voice and narrative Technique

Craig, Cairns. 1993. “Resisting Arrest: James Kelman.” In The Scottish Novel Since the Seventies: New Visions, Old Dreams, edited by Gavin Wallace and Randall Stevenson, 99-114. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press.

Craig, Cairns. 2010. “Kelman’s Glasgow Sentence.” In Edinburgh Companion to James Kelman, edited by Scott Hames, 75-85. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press.

Freeman, Alan. 1997. “Realism Fucking Realism: The Word on the Street – Kelman, Kennedy and Welsh.” Cencrastus 57 (Summer): 6-7.

Hames, Scott. 2010. “Kelman’s Art-Speech.” In Edinburgh Companion to James Kelman, edited by Scott Hames, 86-98. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press.

Leonard, Tom. 2013. “The Locust Tree in Flower, and why it had Difficulty Flowering in Britain.” In Definite Articles: Selected Prose 1973-2012, 74-82. Edinburgh: Word Power Books.

Milne, Drew. 2003. “The Fiction of James Kelman and Irvine Welsh: Accents, Speech and Writing.” In Contemporary British Fiction, edited by Richard J. Lane, Rod Mengham and Philip Tew, 158-73. Cambridge: Polity Press.

Murphy, Terence Patrick. 2007. “From Alignment to Commitment: The Early Work of James Kelman.” Cultural Logic 10 (Summer 2007). [Via ResearchGate]

Pawlik, Joanna. 2005. “Speaking Out of Bounds: Pierre Bourdieu and James Kelman’s Challenges to Theories of Enunciation.” Recherches sémiotiques / Semiotic Inquiry 25/26.3/1: 131-42.

Spinks, Lee. 2002. “In Juxtaposition to Which: Narrative, System and Subjectivity in the Fiction of James Kelman.” Edinburgh Review 108: 85-105.

Travis, Anna. 2019. “Interior Monologue as Social Critique in James Kelman’s How Late It Was, How Late.” Études britanniques contemporaines 56. [https://journals.openedition.org/ebc/6857]


Class, realism and Representation

Baker, Simon. 1996. “‘Wee stories with a Working-Class Theme’: The Reimagining of Urban Realism in the Fiction of James Kelman.” In Studies in Scottish Fiction: 1945 to the Present, edited by Suzanne Hagemann, 235-50. Frankfurt: Peter Lang.

Craig, Cairns. 1993. “Resisting Arrest: James Kelman.” In The Scottish Novel Since the Seventies: New Visions, Old Dreams, edited by Gavin Wallace and Randall Stevenson, 99-114. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press.

Daly, Macdonald. 1993. “Your Average Working Kelman.” Cencrastus 46 (Autumn): 16.

Karl, Alissa G. 2014. “Things Break Apart – James Kelman, Ali Smith and the Neoliberal Novel.” In Reading Capitalist Realism, edited by Alison Shonkwiler and Leigh Claire La Berge, 64-88. Iowa City, Iowa: University of Iowa Press.

Kelly, Aaron. 2013. James Kelman: Politics and Aesthetics. Bern, Switzerland: Peter Lang.

Kirk, John. 1999. “Figuring the Dispossessed: Images of the Urban Working Class in the Writing of James Kelman.” English 48.191: 101-116 .[https://doi.org/10.1093/english/48.191.101]

Klaus, H. Gustav. 1989. “James Kelman: A Voice from the Lower Depths of Thatcherite Britain.” London Magazine 29.5-6: 39-48.

Kövesi, Simon. 2005. “James Kelman Margarined: Class, Language and the Avoidance of Butter.” The Drouth 18: 14-53.

Kövesi, Simon. 2007. James Kelman. Manchester: Manchester University Press.

Maley, Willy. 1996. “Swearing Blind: Kelman and the Curse of the Working Classes.” Edinburgh Review, 95: 105-112.

Maley, Willy. 2000. “Denizens, Citizens, Tourists and Others: Marginality and Mobility in the Writings of James Kelman and Irvine Welsh.” In City Visions, edited by David Bell and Azzedine Haddour, 60-72. Harlow: Longman.

McCormick, Michael. 1996. “For Jimmy Kelboats.” Chapman 83: 30-33.

Milne, Drew. 1992. “James Kelman: Dialectics of Urbanity.” Swansea Review 13: 393-407.


Gender and Masculinity

Hames, Scott. 2007. “Dogged Masculinities: Male Subjectivity and Socialist Despair in Kelman and McIlvanney.” Scottish Studies Review 8.1: 67-87.

Jones, Carole. 2009. “James Kelman – ‘that was him, out of sight’: Masculine Models and Limitations” in Disappearing Men: Gender Disorientation in Scottish Fiction 1979-99, 31-61. Amsterdam: Rodopi.

Jones, Carole. 2009. “‘Acting the Part of an Illiterate Savage’: James Kelman and the Question of Postcolonial Masculinity.” Journal of Postcolonial Writing 45.3: 275-84. [https://doi.org/10.1080/17449850903064724]

Jones, Carole. 2010. “Kelman and Masculinity.” In Edinburgh Companion to James Kelman, edited by Scott Hames, 111-120. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press.

Jones, Carole. 2015. “James Kelman’s Melancholic Politics.” Scottish Literary Review 7.1 (Spring/Summer): 89-112. [https://muse.jhu.edu/article/582221]

Knights, Ben. 1999. “‘The Wean and That’: Paternity and Domesticity in The Busconductor Hines”in Writing Masculinities: Male Narratives in Twentieth-Century Fiction, 180-94. London: Palgrave.

McMillan, Neil. 2002. “Wilting, or the ‘Poor Wee Boy Syndrome’: Kelman and Masculinity.” Edinburgh Review 108: 41-55.

McNeill, Dougal. 2012. “The Auld Bollocks, or, James Kelman’s Masculine Utopics.” International Review of Scottish Studies 37 [https://doi.org/10.21083/irss.v37i0.1732]

Whyte, Christopher. 1998. “Masculinities in Contemporary Scottish Fiction.” Forum for Modern Language Studies 34.2: 274-85. [https://doi.org/10.1093/fmls/XXXIV.3.274]


Stylistic and narratological Approaches

Bittenbender, J.C. 2000. “Silence, Censorship and the Voices of Skaz in the Fiction of James Kelman.” Bucknell University Review 43.2: 150-65.

Corbett, John. 1997. Language and Scottish Literature. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press (pp. 41-5, 149-61).

Müller, Christine Amanda. 2011. A Glasgow Voice: James Kelman’s Literary Language. Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Press.

Murphy, Terence Patrick. 2003. “Durational Realism? Voice over Narrative in James Kelman’s An Old Pub near the Angel, and Other Stories.” Journal of Narrative Theory 33.3: 335-355. [https://www.jstor.org/stable/30224596]

Murphy, Terence Patrick. 2006. “‘Getting Rid of that Standard Third Party Narrative Voice’: The Development of James Kelman’s Early Authorial Style.” Language and Literature 15.2: 183-99. [https://doi.org/10.1177%2F0963947006063746]

Murphy, Terence Patrick. 2007. “From Alignment to Commitment: The Early Work of James Kelman.” Cultural Logic 10 (Summer 2007). [Via ResearchGate]

Renfrew, Alastair. 1997. “Them and Us? Representation of Speech in Contemporary Scottish Fiction.” In Exploiting Bakhtin, edited by Alastair Renfrew, 15-28. Glasgow: Strathclyde Modern Language Series (no. 2).

Rodger, Liam. 1992. “Tense, Aspect and The Busconductor Hines – the Literary Function of Non-Standard Language in the Fiction of James Kelman.” Edinburgh Working Papers in Applied Linguistics 3: 116-23.

Scott, Jeremy. 2005. “Talking Back the Centre: Demotic Language in Contemporary Scottish Fiction.” Literature Compass 2.1: 1-26. [https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1741-4113.2005.00148.x]

Scott, Jeremy. 2009. “How Late It Was, How Late for James Kelman’s ‘Folk Novel.’” In The Demotic Voice in Contemporary British Fiction, 92-124. London: Palgrave-Macmillan.

Vice, Sue. 1997. “Dialogism and Reported Speech in James Kelman’s How late it was, how late” in Introducing Bakhtin, 91-111. Manchester: Manchester University Press.


Modernist and Existential Contexts

Boxall, Peter. 2010. “Kelman’s Later Novels.” In Edinburgh Companion to James Kelman, edited by Scott Hames, 31-41. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press.

Engledow, Sarah. 2002. “Studying Form: The Off-The-Page Politics of A Chancer.” Edinburgh Review 108: 69-84.

Hames, Scott. 2010. “Kelman’s Art-Speech.” In Edinburgh Companion to James Kelman, edited by Scott Hames, 86-98. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press.

Milne, Drew. 1992. “James Kelman: Dialectics of Urbanity.” Swansea Review 13: 393-407.

Nicoll, Laurence. 2000. “‘This is not a nationalist position’: James Kelman’s Existential Voice.” Edinburgh Review 103: 79-84.

Nicoll, Laurence. 2005. “Facticity, or Something Like That: The Novels of James Kelman.” In The Contemporary British Novel, edited by James Acheson and Sarah C.E. Ross, 59-69. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press.

Nicoll, Laurence. 2010. “Kelman and the Existentialists.” In Edinburgh Companion to James Kelman, edited by Scott Hames, 121-30. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press.

Shanks, Paul. 2008. “Joycean Form in James Kelman’s Early Fiction.” In What Rough Beasts: Irish and Scottish Studies in the New Millennium, edited by Shane Alcobia-Murphy, 183-95. Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars.

Shanks, Paul. 2008. “The Unnamed Itinerant in Samuel Beckett’s Novellas and James Kelman’s Lean Tales.” Scottish Studies Review 9.2: 109-127.

Travis, Anna. 2019. “Interior Monologue as Social Critique in James Kelman’s How Late It Was, How Late.” Études britanniques contemporaines 56 [https://journals.openedition.org/ebc/6857]


Comparative AND Postcolonial Perspectives

Gardiner, Michael. 2010. “Kelman and World English.” In Edinburgh Companion to James Kelman, edited by Scott Hames, 99-110. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press.

Hames, Scott. 2009. “Eyeless in Glasgow: James Kelman’s Existential Milton.” Contemporary Literature 50.3: 496-527. [https://doi.org/10.1353/cli.0.0073]

Homberg-Schramm, Jessica. 2018. “James Kelman's Political Poetics in How Late it Was, How Late” and “Childhood Stories of the Scottish Working Class - James Kelman's Kieron Smith, Boy and Des Dillon's Itchycooblue” in “Colonised by Wankers”: Postcolonialism and Contemporary Scottish Fiction, pp. 92-103, 105-13. Cologne: Modern Academic Publishing. [https://d-nb.info/1156461650/34]

Korzeniowska, Aniela. 2010. “James Kelman: A Resistance to Transfer.” International Journal of Scottish Literature 7. [http://www.ijsl.stir.ac.uk/issue7/korzeniowska.htm]

Lambert, Iain. 2011. “This Is Not Sarcasm Believe Me Yours Sincerely: James Kelman, Ken Saro-Wiwa, Amos Tutuola.” In Scottish Literature and Postcolonial Literature: Comparative Texts and Critical Perspectives, edited by Michael Gardiner, Graeme Macdonald and Niall O’Gallagher, 198-209. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press.

Lehner, Stefanie. 2011. “‘History Stands So Still, It Gathers Dust’: Mapping Ethical Disjunctures in Contemporary Ireland and Scotland - Patrick McCabe’s The Dead School and James Kelman’s You Have to be Careful in the Land of the Free” in Subaltern Ethics in Contemporary Scottish and Irish Literature: Tracing Counter-Histories. Houndmills, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.

Macdonald, Graeme. 1996. “Writing Claustrophobia: Zola and Kelman.” Bulletin of the Emile Zola Society 13: 9-20.

McGuire, Matt. 2006. “Dialect(ic) Nationalism? The Fiction of James Kelman and Roddy Doyle.” Scottish Studies Review 7.1: 80-94.

Nicoll, Laurence. 2001. “Gogol’s Overcoat: Kelman Resartus.’ Edinburgh Review 108: 116-22.

Shanks, Paul. 2008. “Joycean Form in James Kelman’s Early Fiction.” In What Rough Beasts: Irish and Scottish Studies in the New Millennium, edited by Shane Alcobia-Murphy, 183-95. Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars.

Shanks, Paul. 2008. “The Unnamed Itinerant in Samuel Beckett’s Novellas and James Kelman’s Lean Tales.” Scottish Studies Review 9.2: 109-127.

Zagratzki, Uwe. 2000. “‘Blues Fell This Morning’: James Kelman’s Scottish Literature and Afro-American Music.” Scottish Literary Journal 27.1 (Spring): 105-117. 


Kelman’s Activism and Politics

Carter, Mia. 2010. “Kelman’s Critical and Polemical Writing.” In Edinburgh Companion to James Kelman, edited by Scott Hames, 53-64. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press.

Eagleton, Terry. 2003. “James Kelman.” In Figures of Dissent: Critical Essays on Fish, Spivak, Zizek and Others, 263-65. London: Verso.

Freeman, Alan. 2002. “The Humanist’s Dilemma: A Polemic Against Kelman’s Polemics.” Edinburgh Review 108: 28-40.

Hames, Scott. 2014. “Scottish Literature, Devolution, and the Fetish of Representation.” Bottle Imp Supplement 1.
[https://www.thebottleimp.org.uk/2014/03/scottish-literature-devolution-and-the-fetish-of-representation/]

Jackson, Ellen-Raïssa and Willy Maley. 2002. “Committing to Kelman: the Art of Integrity and the Politics of Dissent.” Edinburgh Review 108: 22-27.

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