McGuigan, John

At UW-Whitewater

University - Faculty/Staff
Languages & Literatures
Office Phone
(262) 472-5057
Office Location
LT 3235


  • Ph.D., University of Wisconsin
  • M.A., University of Minnesota-Duluth
  • B.A., St. John’s University (MN) 

Academic Interests

British and American modernism; early 20th century radical art and politics; film and screenwriting; African literature; Irish and Scottish literature and culture.

Courses Taught

101/102: Freshman English 
216: British Literature II (1800-present) 
271: Critical Writing in the Field of English 
347: British Modernism
352: Literature on Film
360: Postwar British Literature
376: Screenwriting
460: Major Authors: Woolf & Joyce
300: Special Topics: The Scottish Novel 
491: Travel Study: Literature and Culture of Ireland.


  • Exiles and the Limits of Egoism,” James Joyce Quarterly, 53.1-2 (Fall 2015-Winter 2016): 115-38. (Published 2017.)

  • “To Go and Sin Once More: The Confessional Trajectory of Joyce’s ‘Nausicaa’ Episode,” Modernist Cultures 10.2 (July 2015): 201-26.

  • “The Unwitting Anarchism of Mrs. Dalloway.” Woolf Studies Annual 19 (2013): 123-45.

  • “On the Danger of Heroes: Black Hawk Down’s Transformation from Narrative Journalism to Cinematic Spectacle.” The Midwest Quarterly 52 (Spring 2011): 221-38.

  • “Against the “Foetus of Symmetry: Nightwood and Surrealist Narrative.” M/MLA: The Journal of the Midwest Modern Language Association 41.2 (Fall 2008): 18-43.

  • “Radically Avant-garde? The Strange History of E. E. Cummings’s The Enormous Room, Reconsidered.” Spring: The Journal of the E.E. Cummings Society 14-15 (Fall 2006): 94-126.

  • “American Writers’ Congress.” Dictionary of Literary Biography 303: American Radical and Reform Writers. Ed. Steven Rosendale. Boston: Gale Research Press, 2005. 371-5.


Spec Features  
  • The Road to Nowhere (drama/comedy, 107 pages)
    • *Top 50 Semifinalist—Academy Nicholl Fellowship Competition (2020)
    • *Semifinalist—Austin Film Festival (2020)
    • *Semifinalist—Humanitas New Voices Competition (2020), as Hugh Balfe
  • Oh, Rocks! (comedy/drama, 103 pages) – in revision

Television & Short Form 

  • First Act (drama, 12 pages) – In pre-production with Maxjet Productions (Madison, WI)
  • Unnamed Witch Series (adventure/fantasy series) – In development with Maxject Productions (Madison, WI)


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