Dr Michael Shaw
- Affiliate (History)
Michael's research focuses on Victorian literature and art, with a particular emphasis on decadence and the Celtic Revival. He is currently writing a monograph, Cultural Revival in Fin-de-Siècle Scotland: Romance, Decadence and Celtic Identity, which is under contract with Edinburgh University Press. The book examines the work of various writers and artists, including Robert Louis Stevenson, 'Fiona Macleod', Margaret Macdonald and Patrick Gededes, and it makes two central interventions: it challenges the notion that a comparable movement to the Irish Literary Revival only took hold in Scotland from the 1920s onwards, and it also reveals the distinctive presence of decadent ideas, tropes and styles in Scotland c.1880-1914. The book argues that the various facets of 'degenerate' fin-de-siècle culture that took hold in Scotland (including neo-paganism, neo-Catholicism, japonisme, occultism, romance novels and pageantry) underpinned the particular form of the Scottish Cultural Revival. In 2015, this project was awarded the Ross Roy Medal for Excelllence in Research in Scottish Literature, judged by UCSL.
Michael is currently the research assistant for a project funded by the Carnegie Trust for the Universities of Scotland, 'The People's Voice: Scottish political poetry, song and the franchise, 1832-1918', which brings together staff from the School of Humanities, the School of Critical Studies, and the University of Strathclyde. Through this project, he has deepened his research interests in satire and the poetry of the Victorian and Edwardian periodical press. He is also the research assistant for the Scottish Centre for Victorian and Neo-Victorian Studies, a collaboration between the Universities of Glasgow, Strathclyde and Stirling.
Michael's other interests include fin-de-siècle drama, queer fiction, the later novels of Charles Dickens, neo-Victorian Scottish fiction, and the poetry of the Pre-Raphaelites.
He has produced several public engagement projects and welcomes proposals for collaboration.
Michael worked with the Hunterian Art Gallery to produce a short video on Japanese Culture in Scotland
2016: H. D. Fellowship at the Beinecke Library, Yale University
2014: AHRC Research Training Support Grant
2013: AHRC Research Training Support Grant
2012: FAPESP (São Paulo Research Foundation) Scholarship
2011: AHRC PhD Scholarship
2010: AHRC Research Preparation Masters Scholarship
2009: Carnegie Trust Vacation Scholarship
English Literature 1B: The Novel & Narratology
Scottish Literature 1B: Reading the Nation
English Literature 2B: Writing and Text
English Literature 3B: Irish and Scottish Literature - 20th Century
MLitt Victorian Literature
Michael Shaw, Cultural Revival in Fin-de-Siècle Scotland: Romance, Decadence and Celtic Identity (under contract with Edinburgh University Press - forthcoming in 2019).
Michael Shaw, 'Whim and Whipping: Satire and Reform Verse in the Scottish Periodical Press 1832-1884', Scottish Literary Review (abstract accepted; forthcoming in 2018).
Michael Shaw, 'Decadence and the Urban Sensibility' in Decadence and Literature, ed. by Jane Desmarais and David Weir (under contract; forthcoming from Cambridge University Press in 2018).
Michael Shaw, 'Theosophy in Scotland: Oriental Occultism and National Identity', in The Occult Imagination in Britain, 1875-1947, ed. by Christine Ferguson and Andrew Radford (revisions submitted; forthcoming from Routledge, 2018).
Michael Shaw, 'Aestheticism and Decadence in Patrick Geddes's Socio-Economics', in Victorian Sustainability in Literature and Culture, ed. by Wendy Parkins (revisions submitted; forthcoming from Routledge, 2017).
Michael Shaw, 'Before the Rising: Home Rule and the Celtic Revival', in Scotland and the Easter Rising: Connolly and other Celtic Connections, ed. by Kirsty Lusk and Willy Maley (Luath, 2016). pp. 174-178.
Michael Shaw, 'Transculturation and Historicisation: New Directions for the Study of Scottish Literature 1840-1914', Literature Compass 13 (2016), 501-510.
Michael Shaw, 'William Sharp's Neo-Paganism: Queer Identity and the National Family', in Queer Victorian Families: Curious Relations in Literature, ed. by Duc Dau and Shale Preston (Routledge, 2015), pp. 77-96.
Public engagement project links:
Pre-Raphaelites in Glasgow: A Self-Guided Tour <preraphaeliteglasgow.wordpress.com>
Japanese culture in Scotland, 1880-1914: online video <http://www.gla.ac.uk/hunterian/learning/hunterianassociates/japanisme%20in%20scotland/>