About us

Dr Fiona Price

Fiona Price is Reader in English Literature at University of Chichester. She has written extensively on eighteenth-century women's writing and aesthetics. Her book Revolutions in Taste was published with Ahsgate in 2009 and she is currently working on a monograph on the historical novel in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth century. Her edition of the historical novel Jane Porter's The Scottish Chiefs (1810) has been published by Broadview and her edition of Sarah Green's Private History of the Court of England (1808) by Pickering and Chatto . Fiona would be particularly interested in supervising PhD-level students in the area of late eighteenth-century women's writing.

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Dr Jennie Batchelor

Jennie Batchelor joined the School of English in 2004 after spending two years as the Chawton Post-doctoral Fellow in Women's Writing at Chawton House Library and the University of Southampton. She works on and publishes in the long eighteenth century, focusing primarily on women's writing, representations of gender, work, sexuality and the body, material culture studies and the eighteenth-century charity movement. She has recently completed a book on the relationship between manual and intellectual labour in women's writing in the second half of the eighteenth century, entitled Women's Work: Labour, Gender and Authorship, 1750-1830 (forthcoming with MUP). She has recently begun a new project concerned with questions of gender, genre and genealogy and the writing of women's literary history and a second project on maternity and prostitution.

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Dr Benjamin Dew

Ben Dew’s principal research interests are in the literature and political philosophy of the Enlightenment. His work is particularly concerned with the relationship between Enlightenment political and social theory, and popular politics. He has written articles on Bernard Mandeville, David Hume and eighteenth-century labour theory, and is currently completing a monograph-length study entitled Enlightenment and Labour in Britain, 1700-1800.

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Dr Gillian Dow

Dr Gillian Dow was appointed to English as Chawton Research Fellow in 2005 and made a Lecturer in January 2009. Before arriving in Southampton, she studied at the University of Glasgow, and Balliol College, Oxford, and taught at several Oxford colleges and at the Université Paris XII. Gillian organises a programme of evening lectures and events, including conferences at Chawton House Library.

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Dr Gary Farnell

Gary Farnell teaches English at the University of Winchester, specializing in eighteenth- and nineteenth-century studies, and with a particular focus on forms of social consciousness from the industrial revolution to the information age. He has published on Romantic poetry and Gothic fiction in such journals as English Literary History, Studies in Romanticism, and Gothic Studies. He has also published on the work of Walter Benjamin in new formations and in Historical Materialism. He is a reviewer at the journal Literature and History. His interests are in the theory of Romanticism, as well as Gothic theory, and in the development of English studies as an academic discipline.

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