Mary L. Shannon

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Personal profile


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

 I am currently working on a monograph about Billy Waters and popular culture, 1800-1860.

I am also co-editing a volume of essays on GWM Reynolds, and planning a future project about 'Adventurous Ageing' in Victorian adventure fiction and travel writing.

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) 




Victorian Literature

Children's Literature

Popular fiction

Print culture