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Dr. Shannon Gilstrap

Title: Department Head
Phone: 678-717-3544

Office: Nesbitt Academic Building, 4168, Gainesville
Areas of Expertise: Victorian Literature, The English Prose Tradition (Renaissance – Victorian)


Dr. Gilstrap is a native of the Atlanta, GA, area, but currently resides in Gainesville, GA, with his wife and two dogs. He completed his dissertation, "'A Revolution By Due Course of Law': Matthew Arnold, G.W.F. Hegel, and the State's Revolutionary Role," under the direction of Dr. Paul Schmidt at Georgia State University. He has been awarded several in-house and external grants for research and pedagogy, and is an alumnus of the "Infusing Asian Studies into the Undergraduate Curriculum" program at the University of Hawai'i East-West Center (2014). He assumed the role of Associate Department Head in 2016 and is committed to making all UNG students - especially English majors and minors - culturally aware, communications savvy, informed and capable citizens in a global society and workplace.

Courses Taught

ENGL 0999; ENGL 1101; ENGL 1102; ENGL 2111; ENGL 2112; ENGL 2122; ENGL 2900; ENGL 3130; ENGL 3470


  • Ph.D., English, Georgia State University, 2011
  • M.A., English, Clemson University, 2001
  • B.A., English, Piedmont College, 1999

Research/Special Interests

Victorian Literature and Culture; Matthew Arnold; Sherlock Holmes


Refereed & Peer-Reviewed Publications:

Gilstrap, Shannon. "Chapter 8.4: The Annotated Bibliography." Contribute a Verse: A Guide to First-Year Composition." Ed. Tanya Bennett. Dahlonega: University of North Georgia Press, 2015. 150-153.

Gilstrap, Shannon. "Charting Culture: Cartography and National Identity in Matthew Arnold's 'Ordnance Maps.'" Victorian Review 39.1 (Spring 2013): 87-100.

Gilstrap, Shannon. "Of Pets and People: Matthew Arnold's Pet Elegies and Jules Michelet's The People." Victorians: A Journal of Culture and Literature. 121 (Spring 2012): 6-23.

Book Reviews:

Gilstrap, Shannon. "Review of: McKenna, Neil. Fanny and Stella: The Young Men who Shocked Victorian England. London: Faber & Faber, 2013." The Victorian Web.

Gilstrap, Shannon. "Review of: Flanders, Judith. The Making of Home." Grand Central Review

Non-Peer-Reviewed Projects and Publications:

Gilstrap, Shannon. "Tailing the Scholar Gypsy: Mapping Matthew Arnold's First North American Lecture Tour." Placing the Author: Literary Tourism in the Long Nineteenth Century: Blog. www.placing Web Editor: Jo Taylor. 6/30/2015.

Gilstrap, Shannon. "Arnold on the Rails: Railroads and Culture."

Gilstrap, Shannon. "Mapping Matthew Arnold's North American Lecture Tour (1883-1884): An Interactive GIS Digital Humanities Project." Webmaster, author, & editor of scholarly website

Work Experience

University of North Georgia (2007-Present)

Georgia Military College (2002-2007)

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