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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

Dr. Smith’s research is focused on investigating the place of sport in English urban popular culture in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. The current working title for this project is Sporting Spaces in the Victorian City and it examines the way in which various popular Victorian print culture forms, including monthly magazines and Sunday sporting periodicals, represented men who engaged in sporting activity. The monograph argues for the central role that the newly-developed sphere of urban leisure played in the (re)formation of normative/hegemonic masculine identities in the mid-late 19th-century. 

When not reading Victorian reports of the Eton and Harrow Cricket Match or the Oxford and Cambridge Boat Race, Dr. Smith also researches and writes about: the Victorian spectacular theatre, specifically the melodramas of Dion Boucicault, Victorian and contemporary equine sporting narratives, neo-Victorianisms (i.e. the steampunk movement), and developments in the digital humanities. Further detail about Dr. Smith’s research, publications, and teaching can be found at:

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).