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Dr Michael Shaw

Lecturer in Scottish Literature

English Studies University of Stirling Stirling FK9 4LA

Dr Michael Shaw

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My research focuses on Scottish literature and art in the nineteenth and early-twentieth centuries, with a particular emphasis on the 1890s. My first 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. The book not only reveals a widespread concern with cultural revivalism in Scotland, evident in the works of Robert Louis Stevenson, Arthur Conan Doyle, 'Fiona Macleod', Mona Caird, Patrick Geddes, Charles Rennie Mackintosh and Margaret Macdonald, but it also examines how these figures' endeavours were advanced through their participation in various ‘degenerate’ movements of the 1890s, including neo-paganism, neo-Catholicism, japonisme, and occultism. 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.

I am currently editing the correspondence between Robert Louis Stevenson and J. M. Barrie (forthcoming from Sandstone Press, 2020), which will publish Barrie's 'lost' letters to Stevenson for the first time. I am also CI on the RSE-funded project, 'Scottish Cosmopolitanism at the Fin de Siècle'.

Before joining Stirling in 2019, I held posts at the Universities of Kent and Glasgow. I am currently a steering committee member of the Scottish Centre for Victorian and Neo-Victorian Studies and I serve on the advisory board for the AHRC Popular Occulture in Britain 1875-1947 network. I am a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

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