Jim Shanahan holds a B.A. (Hons) in Modern History and English Literature from the University of Oxford (1997); an M.Phil in Anglo-Irish Literature, Trinity College Dublin (1998); and a Ph.D from TCD (2006). He has published widely on eighteenth- and nineteenth-century fiction, with particular emphasis on Irish historical fiction relating to the 1798 rebellion, and the novels of Charles Lever. He has also contributed articles to the Literary Encyclopedia Online (www.litencyc.com) and over 120 articles to the Cambridge Dictionary of Irish Biography.
His research interests include: eighteenth- and nineteenth-century literature, especially Irish fiction; the interaction between history, memory and fiction; the historical novel; Romanticism; the Gothic; fiction of the 1798 Rebellion; the history of sport.