Dr Jonathon Shears

Title: Senior Lecturer in English
Phone: (+44) 01782 733014
Email: j.r.shears@keele.ac.uk
Location: CBB0.053
Role: Programmes Director
Contacting me: By email
Jonathan Shears

I am a Senior Lecturer in English and Editor of The Byron Journal. I studied at Oxford and Liverpool and held posts at Chester and Aberystwyth before arriving at Keele in 2009. I research and work in a number of areas including Romanticism, material culture in the nineteenth century and the representation of alcohol in literature and culture. I am currently completing a monograph titled The Hangover: A Cultural History, 1600-2000 (Liverpool University Press). Other projects include editing The Oxford Handbook of Lord Byron and work on a new monograph provisionally titled Byron's Voice. I recently joined the Advisory Board of Keele Centre for Ageing Research (KCAR), founded the Romanticism and Ageing research network and will be co-editing a journal special issue on the subject in 2018. I would be very interested in hearing from you if you are looking to research in any of my areas of specialism, particularly Byron and Romantic Studies. For information and queries about submissions to The Byron Journal please follow this link.

Selected Publications

  • Shears JR. 2018. 'Old Men - and Women - May be Permitted to Speak Long': Samuel Taylor Coleridge and the Voice of Experience. Romanticism.
  • Shears JR. 2018. Bunyan and the Romantics. In The Oxford Handbook of John Bunyan. Davies M and Owens WR (Eds.). Oxford University Press.
  • Shears JR. 2017. Byron and Premature Aging. Nineteenth-Century Gender Studies, vol. 13(2), .
  • Shears JR. 2017. The Great Exhibition, 1851: A Sourcebook. Manchester University Press.
  • Shears JR. 2017. In One We Shall Be Slower: Byron, Retribution and Forgiveness. Christianity and Literature. doi>

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Books

  • Shears JR. 2017. The Great Exhibition, 1851: A Sourcebook. Manchester University Press.
  • Shears J. Harrison J (Ed.). 2013. Literary bric-a-brac and the Victorians: From Commodities to Oddities. Aldershot: Ashgate.
  • Shears J. Shears J and Rawes A (Eds.). 2010. Reading, Writing and the Influence of Harold Bloom. Manchester: Manchester University Press.
  • Shears J. 2009. The Romantic Legacy of Paradise Lost: Reading Against the Grain. Aldershot: Ashgate.
  • Shears JR and Beatty B. 2016. Byron's Temperament: Essays in Body and Mind. Cambridge Scholars.

Journal Articles

  • Shears JR. 2018. 'Old Men - and Women - May be Permitted to Speak Long': Samuel Taylor Coleridge and the Voice of Experience. Romanticism.
  • Shears JR. 2017. Byron and Premature Aging. Nineteenth-Century Gender Studies, vol. 13(2), .
  • Shears JR. 2017. In One We Shall Be Slower: Byron, Retribution and Forgiveness. Christianity and Literature. doi>
  • Shears JR. 2014. Byron's Habits. The Keats-Shelley Review, vol. 28(1), 25-36. doi>
  • Shears J. 2013. Listening to Christabel: Sound, Silence and the Contingencies of Voice. Romanticism, vol. 1(19), 44-56. doi>
  • Shears J. 2012. ‘“D----d Corkscrew Staircases”: Byron’s Hangovers’. The Byron Journal, vol. 40(1). doi>
  • Shears J. 2008. Byron's Aposiopesis. Romanticism, vol. 14(2), 183-195. doi>
  • Shears J. 2006. ‘A tale untold: The Search for a Story in Byron’s Lara’. The Byron Journal, vol. 34(1). doi>
  • Shears JR. Byron and Premature Ageing. Nineteenth-Century Gender Studies.

Chapters

  • Shears JR. 2018. Bunyan and the Romantics. In The Oxford Handbook of John Bunyan. Davies M and Owens WR (Eds.). Oxford University Press.
  • Shears JR. 2016. Byron's Hypochondria. In Byron's Temperament: Essays in Body and Mind. Cambridge Scholars.
  • Shears JR. 2016. I Ask His Pardon for a Postscript: Byron's Epistolary Afterthoughts. In Byron and the Margins of Romanticism. Edinburgh University Press.
  • Shears JR. 2015. Wordsworth's English Poets. In The Oxford Handbook of William Wordsworth. Gravil R and Robinson D (Eds.). Oxford University Press.
  • Shears J and Harrison J. 2013. ‘The Ideas in Thing Town: Villette, Art and Moveable Objects’. In Literary bric-a-brac and the Victorians: From Commodities to Oddities. Shears and Sattaur (Eds.). Aldershot: Ashgate.
  • Shears J. 2013. Digesting Don Juan Cantos I and II. In Aspects of Don Juan. Cochran P (Ed.). Cambridge Scholars.
  • Shears JR and Harrison J. 2013. Literary Bric-a-Brac: Introducing Things. In Literary Bric-a-Brac and the Victorians: From Commodities to Oddities. Ashgate.
  • Shears J. 2012. ‘“Why should I hide my regard?”: Erotic Austen’. In Sex, Society and Television. Johnson, Glynn, Aston (Eds.). Continuum.
  • Shears J. 2010. ‘Continuity in the Self: Wordsworth, Byron, Bloom’. In Reading, Writing and the Influence of Harold Bloom. Shears and Rawes (Eds.). Manchester: Manchester University Press.
  • Shears J. 2008. ‘“The truth is in abeyance”: Byron the coquettish narrator’. In Refiguring the Coquette. King and Schlick (Eds.). Bucknell University Press.
  • Shears J. 2008. ‘Aesthetic Dialectic in Sardanapalus’. In Byron: Liberty and Poetic Licence. Beatty, Howe, Robinson (Eds.). Liverpool: Liverpool University Press.
  • Shears J. 2008. ‘Byron and Wordsworth: Satan’s Neoclassical and Romantic Heirs’. In Byron: Heritage and Legacy. Wilson (Ed.). Palgrave.
  • Shears J. 2006. '"Approaching the Unapproached Light": Milton and the Romantic Visionary’. In Romanticism and Religion from William Cowper to Wallace Stevens. Hopps G and Stabler J (Eds.). Aldersot: Ashgate.

I convene the following modules at undergraduate level: ENG10027 Reading Literature, ENG20033 Romanticisms, ENG 30057 Dissertation, ENG30073 The Alcohol Question and ENG30059 Romantic Voices. At Masters level I convene ENG40032 Canon, AntiCanon, Context. I currently supervise PhD students working in the following areas: representations of the working poor in C19th English and Russian literature, the Brontes, and Romantic-period travel writing.