Graduate Student (1st Year)
Originally from Charlotte, NC, Mary Shannon (1st-year graduate student) holds a double Bachelor of Arts, summa cum laude, in Music and Linguistics from the College of William and Mary. Her current research interests broadly include music of the 19th and 20th centuries, linguistics/discourse analysis, gender and sexuality, and identity construction. Her undergraduate Honors Thesis, “Dame Ethel Smyth and The Prison: Gender, Sexuality, and the ‘Bonds of Self,’” explored the representations of lesbian desire and female identity in Smyth’s last major work. Mary has presented some of her work at the William & Mary Research Symposium (2018, 2020) and the MUSE Undergraduate Research Journal Conference (2021, publication forthcoming).