Dr Michael Shaw

Lecturer in Scottish Literature

English Studies University of Stirling Stirling FK9 4LA

Dr Michael Shaw

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About me

I was born in Stirling, raised in nearby Tullibody, and spent a fair bit of my childhood chasing ducks around the university campus. I returned to Stirling in 2019, joining the university as Lecturer in Scottish Literature, having previously held posts at the Universities of Kent and Glasgow.

My research focuses on Scottish literature and art in the nineteenth and early-twentieth centuries, with a particular emphasis on the 1890s. My monograph, The Fin-de-Siècle Scottish Revival: Romance, Decadence and Celtic Identity (Edinburgh University Press, 2019), explores the ways in which dissident fin-de-siècle styles and ideas were embraced by Scottish writers and artists hoping to develop a comparable cultural revival to the Irish Literary Revival. In 2015, the PhD project that this monograph developed from was awarded the Ross Roy Medal for Excellence in Research in Scottish Literature, judged by the Universities’ Committee for Scottish Literature.

In 2020, I completed an edition of literary correspondence between Robert Louis Stevenson and J. M. Barrie (Sandstone Press, 2020). This project began in 2016, when I held a postdoctoral fellowship at the Beinecke Library, Yale University.

I am currently CI on the RSE-funded project, 'The Scottish Revival Network' (PI: Dr Scott Lyall, Napier). Between 2019 and 2020, I was CI on another RSE-funded project, 'Scottish Cosmopolitanism at the Fin de Siècle' (PI: Dr Matthew Creasy, Glasgow). I am Director of the Scottish Centre for Victorian and Neo-Victorian Studies and, from 2016-18, I served on the advisory board of the AHRC Popular Occulture in Britain 1875-1947 network.

I am a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Current PhD Supervisees

Elaine Morrison-Jures, No Handmaid’s Tale: A Critical Study of the Life and Work of Helen Burness Cruickshank

Isla Macfarlane, Books, Borrowers and Visitors at the Library of Innerpeffray, 1855-1897

University Contribution

Best Early Career Researcher - Research Culture Awards 2020 (nominated)

Excellence in Teaching in the Faculty of Arts and Humanities - RATE Awards 2022 (nominated)


Scottish & Irish literature

Victorian & Edwardian literature

aestheticism and decadence

the Celtic Revival

queer history

Robert Louis Stevenson

literary correspondence

political poetry

Outputs (12)


Book Review

Shaw M (2021) Moulding a Persona: The Life and Letters of William Sharp and Fiona Macleod. Review of: William F. Halloran, ed., The Life and Letters of William Sharp and “Fiona Macleod,” volume 3: 1900-1905 (London: Open Book Publishers, 2020). Pp. x + 471. ISBN: 978-1-80064-007-8. Studies in Scottish Literature, 47 (1), pp. 178-181. https://scholarcommons.sc.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=2290&context=ssl

Book Chapter

Shaw M (2020) Fin-de-Siècle Scotland. In: The Cambridge History of Scottish Literature. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Book Chapter

Shaw M (2019) Decadence and the Urban Sensibility. In: Desmarais J & Weir D (eds.) Decadence and Literature. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, pp. 82-97.

Book Chapter

Shaw M (2016) Before the Rising: Home Rule and the Celtic Revival. In: Maley W (ed.) Scotland and the Easter Rising: Fresh Perspectives on 1916. Edinburgh: Luath Press, pp. 174-178. https://www.luath.co.uk/history/scotland-and-the-easter-rising-fresh-perspectives-on-1916

Book Chapter

Shaw M (2015) William Sharp's Neo-Paganism: Queer Identity and the National Family. In: Dau D & Preston S (eds.) Queer Victorian Families: Curious Relations in Literature. Routledge Studies in Nineteenth Century Literature, 15. Oxford: Routledge, pp. 77-96. https://www.routledge.com/Queer-Victorian-Families-Curious-Relations-in-Literature-1st-Edition/Dau-Preston/p/book/9781138792456



In the 2021-22 academic year, I will be teaching the following modules:

ENGU9T1: Oscar Wilde and the Decadents (convenor)

ENGU9WH: Scotland and Empire (convenor)

ENGU9HC: British Literature 1700-1830 (convenor)

ENGU9A1: Introduction to Literary Studies: Genre

ENGU903: Literary Revolutions

ENGU9HD: Victorian Literature and Culture

ENGU9DP: Dissertation Preparation

ENGU9A8: English Studies Dissertation

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