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Jennie Batchelor works and publishes in the long eighteenth century, focusing primarily on women's writing, authorship and anonymity, periodicals and women’s magazines, representations of gender, work, sexuality and the body, book history, material culture studies and the eighteenth-century charity movement. She is the author of two monographs and co-editor of four essay collections. Her most recent book (with Nush Powell), Women’s Periodicals and Print Culture in Britain, 1690s-1820s (Edinburgh University Press, 2018), is the first major study of women’s active engagement with periodical and magazine culture in the long eighteenth century. Jennie regularly gives public lectures and writes articles and guest blogs on these subjects and other subjects. In April 2016 Jennie guest presented a few episodes of the New Statesman’s Hidden Histories podcast series, ‘The Great Forgetting: Women Writers before Jane Austen’, and in 2017 she was invited to speak at the Cheltenham Literary Festival about the enduring popularity of Jane Austen.

From 2014-16, Jennie was Principal Investigator for a Leverhulme project entitled 'The Lady's Magazine (1770-1818): Understanding the Emergence of a Genre' and was subsequently awarded a Leverhulme Research Fellowship to work on a forthcoming book about the Lady’s Magazine in Romantic print culture. She has also co-authored a popular blog about the magazine, its content, history and numerous, largely unknown, authors.

Jennie’s longstanding interest in the history of fashion and material culture and to public engagement in research led to her curation of ‘The Great Lady’s Magazine Stitch Off’, a project for which people around the world recreated 11 rare, surviving embroidery patterns from the Lady’s Magazine for display at an exhibition to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the publication of Jane Austen’s Emma at Chawton House Library. Jennie is also Patron of the Kent branch of the Jane Austen Society. 

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School of English, Rutherford Extension NC16

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Publications

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Book
Batchelor, J. (2014). Women's Work: Labour, Gender and Authorship, 1750-1830. Manchester: Manchester University Press.
Batchelor, J. (2010). Women's Work: Labour, Gender, Authorship, 1750-1830. Manchester: Manchester University Press.
Batchelor, J. (2005). Dress, Distress and Desire: Clothing and the Female Body in Eighteenth-Century Literature. Palgrave Macmillan.
Edited book
Batchelor, J.E. and Powell, M. eds. (2018). Edinburgh Companion to Women and Print Media, 1690s to 1820s. Edinburgh University Press.
Batchelor, J.E. and Dow, G. eds. (2017). Women's Writing, 1660-1830: Feminisms and Futures. [Online]. London: Palgrave Macmillan. Available at: http://www.palgrave.com/gb/book/9781137543813.
Eagleton, M. et al. eds. (2015). The History of British Women's Writing, 1970-Present. Basingstoke: Palgrave MacMillan.
Walker, G.L. and Batchelor, J.E. eds. (2013). Memoirs of Women Writers, Part III. London: Routledge.
Joannu, M., Batchelor, J.E. and Kaplan, C. eds. (2012). The History of British Women's Writing, 1920-1945. Basingstoke: Palgrave MacMillan.
Fitzer, A.M. and Batchelor, J.E. eds. (2012). Memoirs of Women Writers, Part I. London: Routledge.
Walker, G.L. and Batchelor, J.E. eds. (2012). Memoirs of Women Writers, Part II. London: Routledge.
Dugaw, D. and Batchelor, J.E. eds. (2011). Memoirs of Scandalous Women. London: Routledge.
Suzuki, M., Batchelor, J.E. and Kaplan, C. eds. (2011). The History of British Women's Writing, 1610-1690. Basingstoke: Palgrave MacMillan.
Herbert McAvoy, L. et al. eds. (2011). The History of British Women's Writing, 700-1500. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.
Labbe, J.M., Batchelor, J.E. and Kaplan, C. eds. (2010). The History of British Women's Writing, 1750-1830. Basingstoke: Palgrave MacMillan.
Ballaster, R., Batchelor, J.E. and Kaplan, C. eds. (2010). The History of British Women's Writing, 1690 - 1750. Basingstoke: Palgrave MacMillan.
Bicks, C. et al. eds. (2010). The History of British Women's Writing, 1500-1610. Basingstoke: Palgrave MacMillan.
Culley, A. and Batchelor, J.E. eds. (2009). Women's Court and Society Memoirs, Part II. London: Routledge.
Culley, A. and Batchelor, J.E. eds. (2009). Women's Court and Society Memoirs, Part I. London: Routledge.
Setzer, S.M. and Batchelor, J.E. eds. (2008). Women's Theatrical Memoirs, Part II. London: Routledge.
Batchelor, J.E. and Kaplan, C. eds. (2007). Women and material culture, 1660-1830. Palgrave Macmillan.
Setzer, S.M. and Batchelor, J.E. eds. (2007). Women's Theatrical Memoirs, Part I. London: Routledge.
Batchelor, J.E. and Hiatt, M. eds. (2006). The Histories of Some of the Penitents in the Magdalen-House. London: Pickering and Chatto.
Batchelor, J.E. and Kaplan, C. eds. (2005). British Women's Writing in the Long Eighteenth Century: Authorship, Politics and History. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.
Book section
Batchelor, J. (2017). Pamela and the Satirists. in: Bullard, P. S. ed. The Oxford Handbook of Eighteenth-Century Satire. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Batchelor, J. (2017). When 'Bread depends on her Character: 'The Problem of Working-Class Subjectivity in the Foundling Hospital Archive. in: Keegan, B. and Goodridge, J. eds. A History of Working-Class Literature. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
Batchelor, J. (2016). Anon., Pseud and by a Lady: The spectre of anonymity and the future of women's literary history. in: Batchelor, J. E. and Dow, G. eds. Women's Writing, 1660-1830: Feminisms and Futures. Palgrave Macmillan.
Batchelor, J. (2013). Women and the Mid-century Novel. in: Labbe, J. M. ed. The History of British Women's Writing, 1750-1830. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 84-101.
Batchelor, J. (2012). 'Mothers and Others: Maternity and Sexuality in Eighteenth-Century Prostitution Narratives'. in: Ellis, M. and Lewis, A. eds. Prostitutes and Eighteenth-Century Culture. London: Pickering and Chatto, pp. 157-169.
Batchelor, J. (2012). 'Jane Austen and Charlotte Smith: Biography, Autobiography and the Writing of Women's Literary History'. in: Cook, D. and Culley, A. eds. Women's Life Writing, 1700-1850: Gender, Genre and Authorship. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 181-196.
Batchelor, J. (2010). 'The Limits of Sympathy: The Histories of Some of the Penitents in the Magdalen-House (1760)'. in: Duckling, L., Escott, A. and Williams, C. D. eds. Woman to Woman: Female Negotiations During the Long Eighteenth Century. University of Delaware Press.
Batchelor, J. (2010). '[T]o strike a little out of a road already so much beaten': Gender, Genre, and the Mid-Century Novel. in: Labbe, J. M. ed. The History of British Women's Writing: 1750-1830. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 84-101.
Batchelor, J. (2010). The 'latent seeds of coquetry': Amatory Fiction and the 1750s Novel. in: Carlile, S. ed. Masters of the Marketplace: British Women Novelists of the 1750s. Cranbury, US: Lehigh University Press and Boydell and Brewer.
Batchelor, J. (2009). Fictions of the Gift in Sarah Scott's Millenium Hall. in: Zionkowski, L. and Klekar, C. eds. The Culture of the Gift in Eighteenth-Century England. Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 159-176.
Batchelor, J. (2007). Reinstating the 'Pamela Vogue'. in: Batchelor, J. E. and Kaplan, C. eds. Women and Material Culture, 1660-1830. Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 163-175.
Batchelor, J. (2007). "Your apparel manifest your mind": dress and the female body in eighteenth-century literature. in: Carlson, C. and Kuhn, C. eds. Styling Texts: Dress and Fashion in Literature. United States: Cambria Press, pp. 113-128.
Batchelor, J. (2005). Woman's Work: Labour, Gender and Authorship in the novels of Sarah Scott. in: Batchelor, J. E. and Kaplan, C. eds. British Women's Writing in the Long Eighteenth Century: Authorship, Politics and History. Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 19-33.
Article
Batchelor, J. (2013). Influence, Intertextuality and Agency: Eighteenth-Century Women Writers and the Politics of Remembering. Women's Writing 20:1-12.
Batchelor, J. (2011). 'Connections which are of service . . . in a more advanced age': The Lady's Magazine, Community, and Women's Literary Histories. Tulsa Studies in Women's Literature [Online] 30:245-267. Available at: http://muse.jhu.edu/journals/tulsa_studies_in_womens_literature/v030/30.2.batchelor.pdf.
Batchelor, J. (2010). '"The Labour of the Novelist": Jane Austen, Work and Writing'. Jane Auesten Society Annual Report 6:41-52.
Batchelor, J. (2005). Re-clothing the Female Reader: Dress and the Lady's Magazine. Women's History Magazine 49:11-20.
Batchelor, J. (2005). "The Claims of Literature": Women Applicants to the Royal Literary Fund. Women's Writing 12:505-521.
Batchelor, J. (2004). "Industry in Distress": Reconfiguring Femininity and Labour in the Magdalen House. Eighteenth-Century Life 28:1-20.
Edited journal
Batchelor, J. (2013). Beyond Influence, 1680-1830. A special issue of Women's Writing Batchelor, J. E. ed. [Journal special issue] 20.
Internet publication
Batchelor, J., Claes, K. and DiPlacidi, J. (2015). The Lady's Magazine (1770-1818): Understanding the Emergence of a Genre [Website]. Available at: http://www.aphrabehn.org/ABO/ladys-magazine-1770-1818-understanding-emergence-genre.
Batchelor, J. (2012). Introduction to 'The Lady's Magazine and Other Titles, 1712-1835' [Website]. Available at: http://www.amdigital.co.uk/m-collections/collection/eighteenth-century-journals-portal/.
Review
Batchelor, J. (2008). Gender and Utopia in the Eighteenth Century: Essays in English and French Utopian Writing. Notes and Queries [Online] 55:533-534. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/notesj/gjn198.
Forthcoming
Batchelor, J. (2018). 'Be but a little deaf and blind .. and happiness you'll surely find': Marriage in Eighteenth-Century Magazines for Women. in: DiPlacidi, J. and Leydecker, K. eds. After Marriage. London: Routledge.
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Research Interests

  • eighteenth-century and Romantic women’s writing
  • book history
  • periodical studies
  • the histories of gender, sexuality and the body
  • material culture studies
  • Jane Austen
  • authorship, anonymity and pseudonymity
  • the eighteenth-century charity movement
  • literary representations of intellectual, manual and affective labour and the labouring-class writer
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Research supervision

Jennie would be delighted to supervise PhD work on any of the above topics. She is currently or has previously supervised PhD dissertations on: the Canterbury book trade in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries; sexual violence and consent in eighteenth-century literature; incest and the gothic novel; the politics of amatory fiction; eighteenth-century cosmetics; Jane Austen; eighteenth-century poetry; women’s education and feminism in the Romantic and Victorian periods; Romantic theories of self; and digital approaches to the Romantic period.

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