Angela McShane Biography
Name: Dr Angela McShane
Role: Acting Head of Postgraduate Studies
Head of Renaissance and Early Modern Studies
V&A/RCA History of Design and Material Culture
I am a social and cultural historian broadly interested in the material culture of the everyday in early modern England. I research popular music and politics, and the material culture of drinking in early modern England.
Selected Research Outputs (Exhibitions)
Drinking Display, European Galleries—November 2014
‘Introduction’, in Leslie Ellis Miller, ed., ‘Princely Treasures: European Masterpieces 1600-1800’. London: V&A Publishing, 2011.
Books and exhibition catalogues
‘Material Culture and ‘Political Drinking’ in Seventeenth-Century England’, Phil Withington and Angela McShane, eds., ‘Cultures of Intoxication: Past and Present Special Supplement’. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2014.
‘Political Broadside Ballads of Seventeenth Century England: A Critical Bibliography’, Angela McShane, ed. London: Pickering and Chatto, 2011.
‘The Extraordindary Case of the Blood-Drinking and Flesh-Eating Cavaliers’, Angela McShane and Garthine Walker, eds., in ‘The Extraordinary and the Everyday in Early Modern England Essays in Celebration of the work of Bernard Capp.’ Hampshire: Palgrave McMillan, 2010.
[General Editor]. Editorial. V&A Online Journal, issue no. 5, Autumn 2013,
(Review of) A. Lynn Martin, ed., Alcohol, Violence and Disorder in Traditional Europe. Kirksville, Missouri: Truman State University Press, 2009. European History Quarterly, Volume 43, no. 3, July 2013, p.567.
Explorations of Material Culture. Seminar Series organised and held at University of Helsinki, 8-9 May 2014.
Broadside Ballads and the Politipop of Seventeenth-Century England. Paper delivered as part of seminar series, "The Early History of the Protest Song: Libels, Ballads and Politics in Seventeenth-Century England", organised by Rutgers British Studies Center and held at Rutgers University, New Jersey, 17-18 April 2014.
‘How happy's the state where no discords are breeding.' Harmony and the Politopop of later seventeenth-century England.
Paper delivered at Living English Broadside Ballads conference organised and held at The Huntington Library, Pasadena, CA, 4-5 April 2014.
Paper delivered at the Early Modern Literature, Culture and Society seminar series, organised and held at University of Birmingham, 15 January 2014.
Paper delivered at the Early Modern Research seminar organised by and held at the Early Modern Research Centre, University of Sheffield, 22 October 2013.
The 17th Century Political Ballad as Subject and Object. Paper delivered at the seminar series, Print and Material Culture, organised by John Rylands Library and held at University of Manchester, Deansgate, 20 November, 2013.
Intoxication and Early Modernity: An Ontological Cocktail. Paper delivered as part of a research series, organised by and held at University of Manchester, 21 November 2013.
Writing and Singing in the City: Newcastle Ballads in 17th and 18th Century. Lecture delivered as part of Newcastle and Print symposium organised by and held at Newcastle Literary and Philosophical Society, 25 November 2013.
No News like Ballad News: the Politopop of 17th Century England. Paper delivered at the Seventeenth Century Seminar organised by and held at the Institute for Historical Research, London, 31 October 2013.
Material Culture in Europe, 1500-1800. Lecture delivered to History Undergraduates: Making History Course, organised by and held at University College London, 17 October 2013.