Professor Joanne Shattock

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Emeritus Professor of Victorian Literature

Department: English

Telephone: +44 (0)116 252 2620


Office: Room 1212, Attenborough Tower

Address: School of Arts, University of Leicester, University Road,Leicester, LE1 7RH

Personal details


I read English and History at the University of New Brunswick, Canada and came to the UK on a Canadian Commonwealth Scholarship to do my MA at the University of Leeds, followed by my PhD at University College London. I taught at the Universities of York and Warwick before moving to Leicester where I have been Director of the Victorian Studies Centre 1990-2009 and Dean of the Faculty of Arts 2003-8. I was the Founding President of the British Association for Victorian Studies and recently President of the Research Society for Victorian Periodicals. I am currently a visiting professor in the School of Humanities, University of Keele.

Qualifications and awards

  • BA, University of New Brunswick
  • MA, University of Leeds
  • PhD, University College London
  • Hon. D. Litt, University of New Brunswick
  • Leverhulme Emeritus Fellowship (2011-13)



Journalism and the Periodical Press

  • Journalism and the Periodical Press in Nineteenth-Century Britain (ed). Cambridge University Press, 2017.
  • Joanne Shattock and Elisabeth Jay, general editors, Selected Works of Margaret Oliphant 25 vols. Pickering Masters. London: Pickering & Chatto/Routledge, 2011-16.
    • Editor of vol. 1 Literary Criticism 1854-69. (2011); vol. 5 Literary Criticism 1887-97 (with V. Sanders and J. Wilkes 2012); vol. 13 Essays on Life-Writing and History (2013), vol. 17 The Perpetual Curate (2014).
  • The Cambridge Companion to English Literature 1830-1914 (ed). Cambridge University Press, 2010.
  • The Works of Elizabeth Gaskell, general editor, 10 vols. London: Pickering and Chatto, 2005-6. Editor of  vol. 1 Journalism, early fiction and personal writing. 2005.
  • Women and Literature in Britain 1800-1900 (ed). Cambridge University Press, 2001.
  • The Cambridge Bibliography of English Literature 3rd edition Vol. 4, 1800-1900. (ed). Cambridge University Press, 2000.
  • The Oxford Guide to British Women Writers. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1993., pbk 1994.
  • Politics and Reviewers: the Edinburgh and the Quarterly in the early Victorian Age. Leicester University Press and St. Martin’s Press, 1989.
  • Dickens and other Victorians (ed). London: Macmillan, 1988.
  • Joanne Shattock and Michael Wolff, (eds). The Victorian Periodical Press: Samplings and Soundings Leicester University Press and University of Toronto Press, 1982.

Journal articles and book chapters (2014-)

  • ‘Cultural Agents and Contexts: the Professionalization of Journalism’, in David Finkelstein, ed. Edinburgh History of the British and Irish Press, 1800-1900.  Edinburgh University Press, 2020, pp. 153-76.
  • ‘Margaret Oliphant and the Changing World of Victorian Journalism’, Yearbook of English Studies 49 ( 2019), pp. 67-81.
  • ‘Women Journalists and Periodical Spaces’, in Alexis Easley, Clare Gill and Beth Rodgers, eds Women, Periodicals, and Print Culture in Britain, 1830s – 1900s.  Edinburgh University Press, 2019, pp. 306-18.
  • ‘Margaret Oliphant on Marriage and its Discontents’, in For Better, For Worse. Marriage in Victorian Novels by Women., ed. Carolyn Lambert, and Marion Shaw (Routledge, 2018): 101-15
  • ‘The Feminization of Literary Culture’, in The History of British Women’s Writing 1830-1880, vol.6, ed. Lucy Hartley. Basingstoke (Palgrave Macmillan/Springer, 2018)
  • ‘Women Journalists and Periodical Spaces’ in Women, Periodicals and Print Culture in Britain, 1830s-1900, ed Alexis Easley, Clare Gill and Beth Rodgers (Edinburgh University Press, 2018)
  • ‘Researching Periodical Networks: William and Mary Howitt’, in Researching the Nineteenth-Century Periodical Press: Case Studies ed. Andrew King, John Morton and Alexis Easley (Routledge, 2017): 60-73
  • ‘Michael Wolff 1927-2016: a Tribute’, Victorian Periodicals Review 50.1 (Spring 2017): 3-8
  • ‘Literature and the Expansion of the Press’, The Oxford Handbook of Victorian Literary Culture ed. Juliet John (Oxford University Press, 2016): 507-21
  • ‘The Sense of Place and Blackwood’s (Edinburgh) Magazine’, Victorian Periodicals Review 49.3 (Fall 2016): 431-42
  • ‘Becoming a Professional Writer’, The Cambridge Companion to Victorian Women’s Writing, ed. Linda H. Peterson (Cambridge University Press, 2015): 29-42
  • ‘Elizabeth Gaskell: Book Reviewer’, in Elizabeth Gaskell: a Study of Novellas and Short Stories (in Japanese, tr. Chieko Itchikawa) (Kyoiku Tosho, 2015): 15-26
  • ‘Elizabeth Gaskell’, in The Encyclopedia of Victorian Literature, ed. Dino Felluga, Pamela K. Gilbert and Linda K. Hughes (Wiley-Blackwell, 2015)
  • ‘Margaret Oliphant and the Changing House of Blackwood’, in Studies in Victorian and Modern Literature: A Tribute to John Sutherland, ed. William Baker (Fairleigh Dickinson University Press, 2015): 51-60

Series editorship

  • The Nineteenth Century series, Ashgate/Routledge (1994 to present). Co-editors Julian North 2017 -- ; Vincent Newey 1994-2016.


My research focuses on the nineteenth-century periodical press, nineteenth-century women's writing, book history, life-writing, and bibliography.  My most recent book is Journalism and the Periodical Press (Cambridge University Press 2017, pbk 2019).   Prior to that my major project was a 25 volume edition of the work of the Scottish novelist, biographer and critic, Margaret Oliphant, of which I was co-editor: Selected Works of Margaret Oliphant (Pickering & Chatto/Routledge 2011-6). My latest project is a study of the professionalization of journalism and the ways in which this mapped onto the professionalization of authorship in the nineteenth century.  Currently I am editing a  collection of Nineteenth Century Literary and Cultural Criticism for Routledge Historical Resources.   I am co-editor, with Julian North, of the Nineteenth Century series for Routledge.


Current and recent doctoral students have worked on ‘Harriet Martineau’s Domestic Fiction and Hartleian Psychology’, ‘The Early Journalism of Eliza Meteyard’,  ‘An Edition of the Journals of Adlard Welby’, ‘”An Entirely Different Order of Writer” . A Re-evaluation of Dinah Maria Craik’.

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