Prof Damian SHAW

Prof Damian SHAW

Assistant Professor

Subject Leader of Literature
(853) 8822 8237

Consultation Hours
Tuesdays: 2.30pm-3.30pm
Thursdays: 4.30pm-5.30pm

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He graduated with a BA (Hons) from the University of Cape Town in 1990 and a PhD on the writings of Thomas Pringle from Cambridge University in 1997.

Research Interests

Damian’s main research interests relate to colonial writing of the Romantic and Victorian eras, including poetry, travel writing, and anti-slavery literature. He is particularly interested in representations of China and Africa during this period.

Damian would be interested in supervising MA theses on a variety of topics and welcomes any enquiries.

Courses Regularly Taught

He teaches mainly in the following areas at the University of Macau: Romantic period literature (including the Gothic), and survey courses.


Damian Shaw joined the University of Macau in 2008 and holds an assistant professorship. He has lectured in South Africa (1997-2002) and Quanzhou (2002-2008) in English Literature. He was a language researcher and specialist music editor for the Cambridge International Dictionary of English and enjoys writing occasional poetry.

Professional Affiliations

Modern Language Association

Editorial Board: Journal of Literature and Trauma Studies

Selected Publications

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. (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. (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). ‘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. (2017). A Fraudulent Truth? Christian Damberger’s Vision of Africa (1801). English Studies in Africa. 60(2), 1-11. (free eprint: