Dr Andrew Shail
Senior Lecturer in Film
- Email: email@example.com
- Telephone: +44 (0) 191 2087752
I am a historian of the cultural landscape of the 1890-1930 period, specialising in the emergence of cinema in Europe and North America. I am editor of the journal Early Popular Visual Culture and a champion of the importance of local archives to an accurate history of culture.
All three of my degrees are from Exeter University, home of the astounding Bill Douglas Cinema Museum. I have been a lecturer at Northumbria University and a senior research fellow at the University of Oxford, as well as a visiting fellow at the Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center at the University of Texas at Austin.
My research falls into four major areas: 1) early cinema and cinema culture, 2) the literary and cultural landscape of the period 1880-1930, including both popular fiction and modernism, 3) Hollywood since 1975, and 4) the history of menstruation.
I'm currently writing a book on the emergence of the film star system in Europe (yes, it started here) and North America in the period 1909-1911, and researching a book on collectivist politics amongst realist and naturalist writers in the 1890-1930 period, and a history of the 'discovery' of the purpose of menstruation during the long nineteenth century.
I plan to shortly begin compiling a multi-volume, multi-authored History of the Cinema in Britain. Other projects include articles on the shared origins of cinema and the short story, and an analysis of crossovers between popular ideas about cinema and the 'minority' film discourse of film thory.
I welcome applications from prospective research students in any area of anglophone film history, particularly those hoping to specialise in early cinema, points of contact between literature and film, popular cinema culture, or contemporary Hollywood. I am also keen to supervise work on late-Victorian and Edwardian culture, modernism, literary renditions of time, and the history of menstruation.
Students wishing to write their PhD on Victorian/Edwardian visual culture may also wish to consider coming to Newcastle, as Tyne & Wear archives holds two major collections of primary material on North East entertainments (roughly 12,000 items).
Module convenor for SEL2207 Modernisms (stage 2)
Module convenor for SEL2210 Independent Research Project (stage 2)
Module convenor for SEL3319 The Spielberg Generation (stage 3)
Team member for SEL1003 Introduction to Literary Studies I, SEL1030 Approaches to Reading and SEL1023 Transformations
Degree Programme Co-Director for the MA in Film: Theory & Practice, and module convenor for various modules on this programme
Team member for the MA in Modern & Contemporary Studies
- Shail A. ‘Max Linder et l’émergence de le vedettariat du cinéma’. In: Laurent LeForestier and Laurent Guido, ed. Max Linder. Paris, 2017. Submitted.
- Shail A. The Emergence of the Star System in Europe and North America. 2017. In Preparation.
- Shail A. Max Linder and the Emergence of Film Stardom. Early Popular Visual Culture 2016, 14(1), 55-86.
- Shail A. Special Issue: Cinema's Second Birth: Introduction. Early Popular Visual Culture 2013, 11(2). In Press.
- Shail A. Special Issue: Cinema & Modernism: Introduction. Literature & History 2012, 21(1), 1-5.
- Shail A. The Cinema and the Origins of Literary Modernism. New York: Routledge, 2012.
- Shail A. The Invention of Cinematic Celebrity in the United Kingdom. In: Gaudreault, A., Dulac, N., Hidalgo, S, ed. A Companion to Early Cinema. Chichester: Wiley-Blackwell, 2012, pp.460-486.
- Shail A, ed. Reading the Cinematograph: The Cinema in British Short Fiction, 1896-1912. Exeter: University of Exeter Press, 2011.
- Shail A. The Great American Kinetograph: News, Fakery and the Boer War. In: Shail, A, ed. Reading the Cinematograph: The Cinema in Short Fiction, 1896-1912. Exeter: Exeter University Press, 2011, pp.59-94.
- Shail A, Stoate R. Back to the Future. London: British Film Institute/Palgrave, 2010.
- Trotter D, Shail A. Cinema and the Novel. In: Parrinder, P; Gasiorek, A, ed. The Oxford History of the Novel in English: Volume 4: The Reinvention of the British and Irish Novel 1880-1940. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2010, pp.370-386.
- Shail A. Intermediality: Disciplinary flux or formalist retrenchment?. Early Popular Visual Culture 2010, 8(1), 3-15.
- Salisbury L, Shail A, ed. Neurology and Modernity: A Cultural History of Nervous Systems, 1800-1950. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2010.
- Shail A. Neurology and the Invention of Menstruation. In: Salisbury, L; Shail, A, ed. Neurology and Modernity. Basingstoke: Palgrave, 2010, pp.59-80.
- Shail A. Reading the Cinematograph: Short Fiction and the Intermedial Spheres of Early Cinema. Early Popular Visual Culture 2010, 8(1), 47-62.
- Shail A. “senses that you don’t know”: Vibrating Modernists. The Senses and Society 2008, 3(2), 169-86.
- Shail A. Not so Follywood. Oxford Forum 2008, 8, 48-9.
- Shail A. The Motion Picture Story Magazine and the Origins of Popular British Film Culture. Film History 2008, 20(2), 181-197.
- Shail A. “although a woman’s article”: Menstruant Economics and Creative Waste. Body and Society 2007, 13(4), 77-96.
- Shail A. “You’re not one of those boring masculinists, are you?” The Question of Male-Embodied Feminism. In: Gillis, S; Howie, G; Munford, R, ed. Third Wave Feminism: A Critical Exploration. Basingstoke: Palgrave, 2007, pp.97-109.
- Shail A. Penny Gaffs and Picture Theatres: Popular Perceptions of Britain’s First Cinemas. In: Lyons, J; Plunkett, J, ed. Multimedia Histories: From the Magic Lantern to the Internet. Exeter: Exeter University Press, 2007, pp.132-47.
- Shail A. ‘A distinct advance in society’: Cinema’s 'Proletarian Public Sphere' and Isolated Spectatorship in Britain 1911-1918. Journal of British Cinema and Television 2006, 3(2), 209-228.
- Shail A. 'She looks just like one of we-all!': British Cinema Culture and the Origins of Woolf’s Orlando. Critical Quarterly 2006, 48(2), 45-76.
- Shail A. "A rag and a bone and a hank of hair": The Menstrual Background of the Movie Vampire. In: Andrew Shail and Gill Howie, ed. Menstruation: A Cultural History. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2005, pp.235-250.
- Shail A. “You Hear About Them All the Time”: A Genealogy of the Sentient Program. In: Stacy Gillis, ed. The Matrix Trilogy: Cyberpunk Reloaded. London: Wallflower Press, 2005, pp.23-35.
- Howie G, Shail A, ed. Menstruation: A Cultural History. Basingstoke: Palgrave, 2005.