Biography

I am a Senior Lecturer in English Literature. I studied at the universities of Oxford and Liverpool and held posts at Chester and Aberystwyth before joining Keele in 2009. I research and work on Romanticism and poetic tradition, the representation of alcohol in literature and culture, the history of emotions and intersections of ageing and gender. I was Editor of The Byron Journal from 2012 until 2019. I am currently editing The Oxford Handbook of Lord Byron and working on a monograph provisionally titled Byron's Feelings. I am also co-organising the British Academy conference, ‘Narratives of Old Age and Gender’ at Carlton House Terrace, London in September 2019. I would be very interested in hearing from you if you are looking to undertake a PhD in any of my areas of specialism, particularly Romantic-period literature and culture.

 

Teaching

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 literaturethe Brontes, and Romantic-period travel writing.

Selected Publications

  • Shears J. An Allusion to Don Juan: Reappraising Branwell Bronte's Byronic Self-Fashioning. Brontë Studies. full text>
  • Shears J. 2021. Not for Envy: Paradise Lost and the Inward Turn in Byron's Cain. In Byron Among the English Poets. Bucknell C and Ward M (Eds.). Cambridge University Press.
  • Shears J. 2021. The Aesthetics of Senescence: Aging, Population, and the Nineteenth-Century British Novel. Andrea Charise. Albany: State University of New York Press, 2020. Pp. xlv+194. Modern Philology, E264-E266, vol. 118(4). doi> link> full text>
  • Kistler J and Shears J. 2020. Integrating Video Content into Humanities Teaching: a case study. Journal of Academic Development and Education. full text>
  • Shears J. 2020. The Hangover: A Literary and Cultural History. Liverpool University Press.

Full Publications Listshow

Books

  • Shears J. 2020. The Hangover: A Literary and Cultural History. Liverpool University Press.
  • Shears JR. 2017. The Great Exhibition, 1851: A Sourcebook. Manchester University Press.
  • Shears JR and Beatty B. 2016. Byron's Temperament: Essays in Body and Mind. Cambridge Scholars.
  • 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.

Journal Articles

  • Shears J. An Allusion to Don Juan: Reappraising Branwell Bronte's Byronic Self-Fashioning. Brontë Studies. full text>
  • Shears J. 2021. The Aesthetics of Senescence: Aging, Population, and the Nineteenth-Century British Novel. Andrea Charise. Albany: State University of New York Press, 2020. Pp. xlv+194. Modern Philology, E264-E266, vol. 118(4). doi> link> full text>
  • Kistler J and Shears J. 2020. Integrating Video Content into Humanities Teaching: a case study. Journal of Academic Development and Education. full text>
  • Shears JR and Fallon D. 2019. Romanticism and Ageing: An Introduction. Romanticism, 217-224, vol. 25(3). doi> link> full text>
  • Shears JR. 2019. 'Old Men - and Women - May be Permitted to Speak Long': Samuel Taylor Coleridge and the Voice of Experience. Romanticism, 249-260, vol. 25(3). doi> link> full text>
  • Shears JR. 2017. Byron and Premature Aging. Nineteenth-Century Gender Studies, , vol. 13(2). link> full text>
  • Shears JR. 2017. In One We Shall Be Slower: Byron, Retribution and Forgiveness. Christianity and Literature. doi> full text>
  • Shears JR. 2014. Byron's Habits. The Keats-Shelley Review, 25-36, vol. 28(1). doi>
  • Shears J. 2013. Listening to Christabel: Sound, Silence and the Contingencies of Voice. Romanticism, 44-56, vol. 1(19). 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, 183-195, vol. 14(2). doi>
  • Shears J. 2006. ‘A tale untold: The Search for a Story in Byron’s Lara’. The Byron Journal, vol. 34(1). doi>

Chapters

  • Shears J. 2021. Not for Envy: Paradise Lost and the Inward Turn in Byron's Cain. In Byron Among the English Poets. Bucknell C and Ward M (Eds.). Cambridge University Press.
  • Shears JR. 2019. Self and Society: Hair Consciousness in the Age of Empire. In A Cultural History of Hair in the Age of Empire. Heaton S (Ed.). Bloomsbury.
  • 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. 2018. I Ask His Pardon for a Postscript: Byron's Epistolary Afterthoughts. In Byron and the Margins of Romanticism. Edinburgh University Press. link> full text>
  • Shears JR. 2016. Byron's Hypochondria. In Byron's Temperament: Essays in Body and Mind. Cambridge Scholars.
  • 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. 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 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. 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. ‘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. 2008. ‘“The truth is in abeyance”: Byron the coquettish narrator’. In Refiguring the Coquette. King and Schlick (Eds.). Bucknell University Press.
  • 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.