Shannon Russell is Associate Professor of English Literature and Department Chair. She specializes in eighteenth and nineteenth century fiction with interests in gender, class, and race, scientific discourse, Victorian technologies, and visual representations in the nineteenth century periodical press. She is Canadian with a B.A. from the University of Western Ontario, an M.A. from Dalhousie University, and a D.Phil from Oxford University where she also held a two-year Post-doctoral Research Fellowship.
Prof. Russell has edited novels by Thomas Hardy and Elizabeth Hamilton and has published widely on Charles Dickens, Charlotte Bronte, Wilkie Collins, Elizabeth Gaskell, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Germaine de Stael, George Meredith and Flannery O’Connor. She is currently working on a book project on the transatlantic connections between Charles Dickens and Frederick Douglass. She is also exploring the overlaps between the work of Jane Austen and Mary Shelley, and has an ongoing interest in the evolving representations of Italy and Italians in Victorian writing. Prior to 2017, Prof. Russell was also an editor and writer for the United Nations where she contributed to many publications.
Courses taught: Jane Austen: In Her World and Ours (EN 346), Race, Class and Gender in the Victorian Novel (303), Charles Dickens (399), Italian Visions (278), From Mad Monks to Mad Women: The Gothic Novel (EN 399), Enlightenment to Romanticism (231), Anglo-Saxon to Milton (EN 230), Victorians to Modernism (EN 232), Introduction to the Novel (EN 205), Introduction to Literature (EN 200).
“From Goethe to Gilbert: Rewriting Italian Journey in Eat, Pray, Love” in The legacy of the Grand Tour, ed. Lisa Colletta. Farleigh Dickinson University Press, 2016.
“Nobody’s child must sleep under Somebody’s roof – and why not yours?”: Adventures of the Female Ego in Dickens, George Meredith’s The Egoist and Wilkie Collins’s No Name” in Women in Transit through Literary Liminal Spaces eds. Teresa Ruez and Terry Gifford. Palgrave Macmillan, 2013.
“Italian Transformations: Gender and National Identity in Madame de Staël’s Corinne, or Italy and selected work of Dickens” in The Victorians and Italy eds. A. Vescovi, L. Villa and P. Vita, Polimetrica, 2009.
Edited with Rosemary Morgan, Thomas Hardy’s Far From the Madding Crowd for Penguin Classics, 2000.
Edited with Pamela Perkins eds., Elizabeth Hamilton’s Translations of the Letters of a Hindoo Rajah for Broadview Press, 1999.
"Recycling the Poor and Fallen: Emigration Politics in Mary Barton and David Copperfield" in Imperial Objects: Victorian Women’s Emigration and the Unauthorized Imperial Experience, ed. Rita S. Kranidis. New York: Twayne, 1998.
"Space and the Movement Through Space in Everything that Rises Must Converge: A Consideration of Flannery O'Connor's Imaginative Vision," in The Southern Literary Journal 20 (Spring 1988)