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Personal profile

Qualifications

PhD (King's College London), MA (King's College London), PGCE (Institute of Education, University of London), BA (Hons) (University of Cambridge

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Research interests

  • periodicals, popular culture and book history

  • cultural geography and literary London

  • nineteenth-century literature including Charles Dickens and G.W.M. Reynolds

  • nineteenth-century print culture and visual culture

  • Victorian drama and theatre

  • nineteenth-century adventure fiction

 

Research projects

I was awarded the 2016 Colby Prize for my monograph, 'Dickens, Reynolds and Mayhew on Wellington Street: The Print Culture of a Victorian Street'. I gave the Colby Lecture at the 2016 Research Society for Victorian Periodicals international conference in Kansas City.

Romantic Illustration Network (original facilitator)

Popular Literature and Culture Research Group (co-founder)

I am also working on a children's novel in my spare time.

Professional affiliations

Founding President, international GWM Reynolds Society

Research Society for Victorian Periodicals: Executive Board Member 2017-19

British Association for Victorian Studies (BAVS): Executive Committee member 2010-14

North American Victorian Studies Association

British Association for Romantic Studies (BARS)

 

Consultancy work

Research Consultant to nineteenth-century historical fiction writers:

  • Anthony Horowitz, Moriarty (Orion: 2014) and Foyle’s War, Eleventh Hour Films;

  • Sam Christer House of Smoke (Sphere: 2015);

  • Jess Kidd, Things in Jars (Canongate: 2019) 

 

 

Teaching

Victorian Literature

Children's Literature

Popular fiction

Print culture

Links

Research Output

'Artists' Street: Thomas Stothard, R.H. Cromek, and literary illustration on London's Newman Street

Shannon, M. L., 26 Apr 2019, Romanticism and Illustration: Placing Pictures 1775-1840. Haywood, I., Matthews, S. & Shannon, M. L. (eds.). CUP

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

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Colonial Networks and the Periodical Marketplace

Shannon, M., Mar 2017, Journalism and the Periodical Press in Nineteenth-Century Britain. Shattock, J. (ed.). Cambridge: CUP, p. 203-223 20 p. 12

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

The Country in the City: Dickens and the Idyllic River

Shannon, M., 13 Nov 2017, Victorian Sustainability in Literature and Culture. Parkins, W. (ed.). Routledge: Taylor & Francis Group

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

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Prizes

The Robert and Vineta Colby Scholarly Book Prize

Mary L. Shannon (Recipient), 2016

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

University English Early Career book prize - Shortlisted

Mary L. Shannon (Recipient), 2017

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

Activities

Wimbledon BookFest: Judge on children's writing competition

Mary L. Shannon (Reviewer)
May 2020

Activity: Public engagement and outreachFestival/Exhibition

Villages by the Sea, BBC2

Mary L. Shannon (Contributor)
5 Mar 2020

Activity: Public engagement and outreachMedia article or participation

Victorian Popular Fictions (Journal)

Mary L. Shannon (Peer reviewer)
May 2020

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial workPublication peer-review

Reynolds Re-Evaluated

Mary L. Shannon (Organiser)
23 Jul 2019

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conference

‘Dickens and Wellington Street’

Mary L. Shannon (Keynote speaker)
7 Feb 2019

Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk