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(205) 934-5749

Research and Teaching Interests: 20th century English and Irish fiction; modern drama, Ibsen to present; James Joyce

Office Hours: By appointment


  • B.A., Transylvania University, English
  • M.A., University of Kentucky, English
  • Ph.D., University of Kentucky, English

Originally from Lexington, Kentucky, William Hutchings has taught in the UAB English Department since 1981, specializing in twentieth-century English and Irish novels, Modern British and European Drama since 1870, and the works of James Joyce. His most recent book is Samuel Beckett's Waiting for Godot: A Research Guide (Praeger), and he has written a book on English playwright David Storey in addition to editing a volume of essays on his plays. He has published over 100 articles and reviews on such diverse authors as James Joyce, Samuel Beckett, Alan Sillitoe, Harold Pinter, Peter Shaffer, Woody Allen, and 1930's film star Mae West. He has received both the Eugene Constance-Garcia Award for Distinction in Literary Scholarship and the UAB President's Award for Excellence in Classroom Teaching.

For the past eleven years, he has served as the discussion leader of a private book group that meets monthly (except in summers). He is also an ardent collector of first editions; his favorite books are those whose style and content challenge readers to rethink whatever they believe they know about literature or, for that matter, about life itself.

During the summer of 2014, Professor Hutchings took part in a UAB Faculty Exchange with the Università Gabriella D'Annunzio in Pescara, Italy, and he presented a paper at the International James Joyce Symposium in Utrecht, Netherlands.

Recent Courses

  • British Novel: The Modern Age
  • James Joyce
  • Modern British and European Drama
  • Censorship, Obscenity, and the Law: The Trials and the Texts
  • Modern American Drama: The Greatest Hits
  • Shakespeare: The Greatest Hits
  • Reading, Writing, and Researching for the English Major
  • Survey of World Literature II
  • Survey of English and Irish Literature II

Select Publications


  • Samuel Beckett's Waiting for Godot: A Reference Guide (Praeger, 2005).

Select Articles and Chapters

  • “James and Nora Joyce’s ‘Greatest Love Story Never Told’: Jonathan Brielle’s Musical Himselfand Nora," Text and Presentation, 2017, 153-66.
  • “To Catch the Conscience of the Queen: Michael Laurences’s Hamlet in Bed," Text and Presentation, 2016, 187-202.
  • “A Farce To Be Reckoned With: The Literary Contexts of Dr. Strangelove,” in Critical Insights: Stanley Kubrick, ed. Peter J. Bailey (Salem Press, 2016), 141-57.
  • “The ‘Second Person Accusatory’ You Or, It’s Not (Just) About the Pauses: Harold Pinter’s Reinvention of Stage Language,” Merope: Rivista semestrale di studi umanistici [Italy]. Nuova serie 23: 59-60. Gennaio-Luglio, 2014. 5-17.
  • “Himself and Nora: An Interview with Jonathan Brielle,” James Joyce Literary Supplement 30:2 (Fall 2016), 3-4.
  • "Post-Colonial Strindberg: Yael Farber's South African Mies Julie," in Text & Presentation, 2013, ed. Graley Herren (Comparative Drama Conference Series 10, McFarland, 2014): 69-78.

Academic Distinctions and Professional Societies

  • Eugene Constant-Garcia Award for Distinction in Literary Scholarship, 2007
  • UAB President's Award for Excellence in Classroom Teaching, 1996
  • Phi Beta Kappa
  • Modern Language Association 1972-present; delegate assembly member, 2010-2013
  • Editorial Board, Comparative Drama Conference
  • Editorial Board, Text and Presentation; annual volume of the Comparative Drama Conference
  • International James Joyce Foundation
  • Samuel Beckett Society
  • Harold Pinter Society

Student Groups