Dr Mary L. Shannon

Lecturer in English Literature

Department of English and Creative Writing


I did my BA at the University of Cambridge and received my PhD from King's College London. From 2013-16 I was a Postdoctoral Research Fellow attached to Roehampton's 'Romantic Illustration Network' project.


PhD (King's College London)

MA (King's College London)

PGCE (Institute of Education, University of London)

BA (Hons) (University of Cambridge

Research interests

Research projects undertaken

Membership of professional bodies

Consultancy experience




'Spoken Word and Printed Page: GWM Reynolds and the London Riots, 1848', 19: Interdisciplinary Studies in the Long Nineteenth Century, Special Issue on 'Orality and Literacy', ed. James Emmott and Tom Wright (April 2014) http://www.19.bbk.ac.uk/index.php/19/article/view/683/0 [7,575 words]


‘Dickens in Byron’s Chair: authenticity, author portraits, and nineteenth-century visual culture’, journal article [9,000 words]

‘Colonial Networks and the Periodical Marketplace’, in Journalism and the Periodical Press in Nineteenth-Century Britain, ed. Joanne Shattock (under contract with Cambridge University Press) [7,000 words]

‘The Country in the City: Dickens and the Pastoral River’, in Victorian Sustainability ed. Wendy Parkins (under contract with Routledge) [8,199 words]

In Preparation:

'Artist's Street: Walter Scott, Thomas Stothard, James Heath, and literary illustration on London's Newman Street'



WINNER, 2016 Robert and Vineta Colby Scholarly Book Prize: Dickens, Reynolds, and Mayhew on Wellington Street: The Print Culture of a Victorian Street (2015)



'A Diversity of Dickens: Or, Should We Read Literature and Culture in Context?', review of Julian Wolfreys's Dickens's London (Edinburgh UP), Journal of Victorian Culture,  18:2 (2013), 290-294 (online at http://myblogs.informa.com/jvc/2013/04/26/%E2%80%98a-diversity-of-dickens-or-should-we-read-literature-and-culture-in-context%E2%80%99/).

'People's gothic', review essay on G.W.M. Reynolds's The Mysteries of London, Times Literary Supplement (April 12, 2013), p. 27 [1,618 words]

'Children's Literature', review of Michelle Ann Abate's Bloody Murder (John Hopkins UP), Times Literary Supplement (June 28, 2013), p. 26 [436 words]


Introduction to GWM Reynolds's The Mysteries of London vol. 2 (Richmond, VA: Valancourt Books, 2015) [2,244 words]

Co-author with Simon Sleight, entry on Melbourne Punch, in A Companion to the Australian Media, ed. Bridget Griffen-Foley (Melbourne: Australian Scholarly Publishing, 2014)

Special Issue of the International Journal of Humanities and Arts Computing on 'Research Infrastructures' (November 2013). Joint Editor, with Sheila Anderson of the Centre for E-Research (KCL). Co-author of editorial.

Article on Mayhew for the British Library's 'English Online' project http://www.bl.uk/romantics-and-victorians/articles/henry-mayhews-london-labour-and-the-london-poor


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Leading Roehampton academics to entertain at Wimbledon BookFest

A host of leading writers and academics from the University of Roehampton look set to captivate audiences for the tenth annual Wimbledon BookFest, which begins this month on Wimbledon Common.

Roehampton plays host to Poetry House Live rehearsal

The Department of English and Creative Writing have hosted the European team behind Poetry House Live as they prepare to make their debut at the Kings Place in September.

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