About us

Dr Fiona Price

Fiona Price is a Lecturer in English at University of Chichester. She has written extensively on eighteenth-century women's writing and aesthetics. She is currently working on a monograph on taste in the eighteenth century, and her edition of the historical novel Jane Porter's The Scottish Chiefs (1810) has been published by Broadview. 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 Diana Barsham

Diana Barsham is a specialist in Literary Life-Writing with a wide experience of post-graduate supervision at a number of British and American Universities. She has published both creative and scholarly work. Her book The Trial of Woman (1992) is a study of the lives of pioneering women writers associated with the Victorian Occult Revival such as Anna Kingsford, Annie Besant and Madame Blavatsky. Her critical biography of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, The Meaning of Masculinity, (Ashgate, 2000) has transformed understanding of Doyle’s career, especially his creation of Sherlock Holmes.

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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

Teaching Areas: ‘Romanticism and the Eighteenth Century’; ‘The Romantic Novel’; ‘Romanticism and the Nineteenth Century’; ‘Romanticism and the Rise of Celebrity Culture’; ‘Consumption in/of the Nineteenth Century’.

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