Bader International Study Centre


at Herstmonceux Castle, U.K.



at Herstmonceux Castle, U.K.

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Dr. Shannon Smith 

Assistant Professor

Director, BISC Summer Field School in the Digital Humanities

Qualifications and Research Interests

  • PhD, Queen's University
  • MA, Queen's University
  • BA (Hons), Brock University

Shannon R. Smith is Assistant Professor of English Literature at the Bader International Study Centre (UK), Queen’s University (Canada). From 2013-2015 she served as the Director of the BISC’s Field School in the Digital Humanities. Her research is concerned with histories of nineteenth- and twentieth-century communication and print production technologies, the Internet and World Wide Web, and the intersection between Digital Humanities “maker culture” and participatory art. She has also published articles on literary theory, and Victorian popular theatre, sport, and urban spaces.

Selected Publications

“‘Performing severe work’: The Oxford and Cambridge Boat Race and the Male Sporting Body in the Victorian Periodical Press” in The Male Body in Victorian Literature and Culture (forthcoming)

Review of "Punch Re-Rooted: Comedy and the Periodical Press 1820-1850" (an exhibit curated by Clare Horrocks, Brian Maidment, and Valerie Stevenson at the Aldham Robarts Library, Liverpool John Moores University, 22 October-20 December 2013.) Victorian Literature and Culture. (forthcoming, Fall 2014).

“Staging Sport: Dion Boucicault, Victorian Spectacular Theatre, and the Manly Ideal.” Critical Survey 24.1 (Spring 2012): 57-73. 

"Rowing as L'Écriture Feminine" in My Life at the Gym: Feminist Perspectives on Community Through the Body. Ed. Jo Malin (State University of New York Press, 2008).

Entries on Cyclist, The Racing Times and The Sportsman in The Dictionary of Nineteenth-Century Journalism. Ed. Laurel Brake. (British Library & Academia Press, 2008).