Damian SHAW

Editorial Board: Journal of Literature and Trauma Studies

  • Shaw D. (2023). ‘A Vampiric Revenant at the Cape (1834)’. Revenant, 9(1), 22-29.
  • Gibson M. and Shaw D. (2022). ‘The vampire hypothesis’: from fingernails to ministering angels – the first Swedish debunker. History of European Ideas. Online. 1-19.
  • Shaw D. (2022). ‘Covid-19 and African Postage Stamps’. In The Plague Years: Reflecting on Pandemics. Edited by Michael Titlestad, Karl van Wyk and Grace A. Musila. London: Routledge, 168-179.
  • Shaw D. and Gibson M. (2021). ‘Slaying vampires in eighteenth-century Sweden’. History of European Ideas. Online. 1-20.
  • Shaw D. (2021). ‘Covid-19 and African Postage Stamps’. English Studies in Africa, 64(1-2), 168-179.
  • Shaw D. (2020). ‘Makanna, Or, The Land of the Savage: Makhanda ka Nxele in English Literature’. English Studies in Africa, 63(2), 112-122.
  • Shaw D. (2020). ‘A Question of Innocence: A Literary Motif in LONGUS, SHAKESPEARE, RICHARDSON AND HARRIET JACOBS’. ANQ, 34, 1-4.
  • Shaw D. (2019). ‘Natural vs Supernatural Agency in The Castle of Otranto’. Supernatural Studies, 6(1), 26-43. Open access: https://www.supernaturalstudies.com/previous-journal-issues.
  • Shaw D. (2019). ‘Suetonius, Paracelsus and the Flimsy Foundations of Physiognomy’. ANQ, 33, 1-2.
  • Shaw D. (2019). ‘Lucian of Samosata, Tennyson’s “Ulysses”, and Joyce’s “Ulysses”.’ Notes and Queries, 66(2), 310-311.
  • Shaw, D. (2019). ‘Black Eyes, White Skin: An Aristocratic or Royal Type in Bram Stoker’s Writings’. In Bram Stoker and the Late Victorian World. Edited by Gibson M, and Mueller S. Liverpool: Liverpool University Press, 177-194 and 244-249.
  • Shaw, D. (2017). A Fraudulent Truth? Christian Damberger’s Vision of Africa (1801). English Studies in Africa, 60(2), 1-11.
  • Shaw, D. (2014). ‘The Fair Chinese Maid; A Tale of Macao’. Or, The First English Poetry of Hong Kong? New Zealand Journal of Asian Studies, 16(1), 61-74.
  • Shaw, D. (2014). ‘Mild, Melancholy and Sedate He Stands’: Melancholy in the British Poetry of Slavery. Journal of Literature and Trauma Studies. 2(1-2), 183-195.
  • Shaw, D. (2014). Thomas Pringle’s Plantation (1999), reprinted in ‘Nineteenth-Century Literary Criticism’, Volume 290, ed. by Lawrence J. Trudeau. Gale Cengage: Farmington Hills, Michigan, 207-214.
  • Shaw, D. (2013). Subtle Messengers: literary myth and national identities in the postage stamps of Macao. In Macao – Cultural Interaction and Literary Representations. Edited by Wong, Katrine, K. and Wei, George, C.X. Oxford and New York: Routledge, 67-88.
  • Shaw, D. (2011). Thomas Pringle and the ‘Hottentots’. The Bottle Imp, 10: 1-2.
  • Shaw, D. (2011). ‘In Macao’: Charles A. Gunnison’s Gothic Tale. Journal of Macao Polytechnic Institute 5: 31–38.
  • Shaw, D. (2010). ‘Daddie’ Pringle? Further light on the relationship between Thomas Pringle, Susanna Strickland-Moodie (and Mary Prince). Quarterly Bulletin of the National Library of South Africa, 64(2), 76-83.
  • Shaw, D. (2010). Harriett Low: an American spinster at the Cape, 12 January to 4 May 1834. South African Historical Journal, 62(2), 287-302.
  • Shaw, D. (2010). ‘Were It Worth Knowing’: what Rebecca Kinsman can and cannot say about the Chinese in Macao.’Studies in Travel Writing, 14(3), 241-55.
  • Shaw, D. (2010). The Adventures of Willson Avery and the limits of cultural relativism: the forgotten record of the travels of Lucy Hiller Lambert Cleveland to the East Indies and Timor, 1828-1829. Journal of Sino-Western Cultural Studies, 18, 45-62.
  • Shaw, D. (2010). Thomas Pringle’s Plantation (1999), reprinted in Landscapes, ed. by Sarah Johnson. Cambridge: White Horse Press, 97-110.
  • Shaw, D. (2009). ‘Papa Pringle’: the relationship between Thomas Pringle and Susanna Moodie. Quarterly Bulletin of the National Library of South Africa, 63(1&2), 31-38.
  • Shaw, D. (2009). Two ‘Hottentots’, some Scots and a West Indian slave: the origins of Kaatje Kekkelbek. English Studies in Africa, 52(2), 4-17.
  • Shaw, D. (2002). Whitman’s African borrowing. Notes and Queries, 47(1), 98.
  • Shaw, D. (1999). Thomas Pringle’s plantation. Environment and History, 5, 309-23.
  • Shaw, D. (1999). ‘Pass of the Great Fish River, South Africa’ by Thomas Pringle Esq. English Studies in Africa, 42, 1-13
  • Shaw, D. (1998). Thomas Pringle’s ‘Bushmen’, images in flesh and blood. English in Africa, 25, 37-62.

Review Articles:

  • Shaw, D. (2014). Stephen Ahern, ed., Affect and Abolition in the Anglo-Atlantic, 1770-1830. British Association of Romantic Studies Review, 44, 1-2.
  • Shaw, D. (2014) Randolph Vigne’s: ‘Thomas Pringle: South African pioneer, poet and abolitionist’. English Studies in Africa, 57(1), 101-102.


  • Shaw, D. (1990, 1991). South African fauna and flora, the Lithic Period. Cape Town: Snailpress.

Academic Editorial Publications:

  • Cambridge International Dictionary of English, Language Researcher and Specialist Music Editor, (Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 1995).
  • 品味泉州 – A Taste of Quanzhou, Lin LuZhu, English Editor: Damian Shaw, 中国广播电视出版社 (2004).

Conference Presentations:

‘”The Vampire Hypothesis”: from Fingernails to Ministering Angels – The First Swedish Debunker’. With Matthew Gibson. FAH Macao Humanities Roundtable Conference. 4/5/2023.

– ‘Slaying Vampires in Eighteenth-Century Sweden’. With Matthew Gibson. FAH Macao Humanities Roundtable Conference. 4/5/2022.

-“‘Alas!’ said she to herself, ‘I am going again into my prison’: Gothic Horror and Terror and narratives of imprisonment in the fight against Covid-19″. UMGothic. International Zoom Conference. 3 July 2021.

– ‘Black Eyes, White Skin: The Portrayal of Aristocracy in Bram Stoker’s The Jewel of Seven Stars and Beyond’. University of Macau. Bram Stoker: Life, letters, manuscripts. March 2015.

– ‘Melancholy and the British Poetry of Slavery’. University of Stirling. July 2011.

– ‘National Identity in the Postage Stamps of Macao’. English Department Colloquium Series. 2011.

– “‘Were it worth knowing’: What Rebecca Kinsman can and cannot say about the Chinese in Macao.” First International Interdisciplinary Conference of Macao Studies. University of Macao. May 2009.

– “Writing Quanzhou: How to Represent China in the 21st Century”. English Department Colloquium Series. University of Macau, 10 December 2008.

– Two papers on Thomas Pringle at Essen University, Germany, November 2000. DAAD academic exchange programme.

– “Pass of the Great Fish River.” AEUTSA conference, UNISA, June 1999.

– “The History of Mary Prince, A West Indian Slave” at a conference on the social history of slavery in Britain, at Edinburgh University, 21 March 1994.

Invited Talks:

– ‘Rebecca Kinsman: An American Quaker in Macao”. Invited lecture at Hong Kong University, 27 March 2010.

– ‘The Fair Chinese Maid: A Tale of Macao’? Invited lecture at Hong Kong University. 2 April 2015.

Literary Publications

  • Poems published in Imago, The South African Literary Journal, Contrast, Staffrider, The Slug Journal, Envoi, Sylva, The Haiku Quarterly, Virtue Without Terror, The May Anthology, Under Landsdowne Bridge 1&2, Isibongo, Carapace, Sincerely Yours, Birds in Words, I Roll The Dice, Just a Coin’s Worth of Blue.