School of English

About

I work on and publish 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. My latest book, Women's Work examined the relationship between manual and intellectual labour in women's writing across the second half of the eighteenth century. I regularly give public lectures and write articles and guest blogs on these subjects. In April 2016 I guest presented a few episodes of the New Statesman’s Hidden Histories podcast series: ‘The Great Forgetting: Women Writers before Jane Austen’

From 2014-16, I 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. I have also co-authored a popular blog about the magazine, its content, history and numerous largely unknown authors. ​

My longstanding interest in the history of fashion and material culture and to public engagement in research led to my curation of ‘The Great Lady’s Magazine Stitch Off’, where we invited people to recreate 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. It was a great success and many other people are working on new projects right now. You can read all about the opening of the exhibition here

 

Blog: 'The Lady's Magazine (1770-1818): Understanding the Emergence of a Genre'
Twitter feed: @ladysmagproject
Facebook page: ladysmagproject

Contact Information

Address

Office: NC16 (Rutherford Extension)

School of English

back to top

Publications

Also view these in the Kent Academic Repository

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. (2017). Edinburgh Companion to Women and Print Media, 1690s to 1820s. Edinburgh University Press.
Batchelor, J.E. and Dow, G. eds. (2016). 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.
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.
Joannu, M., Batchelor, J.E. and Kaplan, C. eds. (2012). The History of British Women's Writing, 1920-1945. Basingstoke: Palgrave MacMillan.
Herbert McAvoy, L. et al. eds. (2011). The History of British Women's Writing, 700-1500. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.
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.
Labbe, J.M., Batchelor, J.E. and Kaplan, C. eds. (2010). The History of British Women's Writing, 1750-1830. Basingstoke: Palgrave MacMillan.
Bicks, C. et al. eds. (2010). The History of British Women's Writing, 1500-1610. 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.
Culley, A. and Batchelor, J.E. eds. (2009). Women's Court and Society Memoirs, Part I. London: Routledge.
Culley, A. and Batchelor, J.E. eds. (2009). Women's Court and Society Memoirs, Part II. 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. (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. (2016). 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. (2015). '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.
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). '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. (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. (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 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). 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). "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. (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. (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). "The Claims of Literature": Women Applicants to the Royal Literary Fund. Women's Writing 12:505-521.
Batchelor, J. (2005). Re-clothing the Female Reader: Dress and the Lady's Magazine. Women's History Magazine 49:11-20.
Batchelor, J. (2004). "Industry in Distress": Reconfiguring Femininity and Labour in the Magdalen House. Eighteenth-Century Life 28:1-20.
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.
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/.
Showing 47 of 48 total publications in KAR. [See all in KAR]
back to top

Research supervision

I currently supervise or have supervised PhD dissertations on incest and the gothic novel in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries; the works of Frances Burney; cosmetics, material culture and the Romantic-era novel; amatory fiction; Jane Austen; eighteenth-century poetry; Christian feminism from Wollstonecraft to the Brontes; the Romantic novel and digital humanities; eighteenth-century book history and the history of sexuality. I would be interested in supervising other research students working in the fields of women’s writing, material culture studies, gender studies, and other related subjects in the long eighteenth century.

back to top

Professional activities

I am Series Editor (with Cora Kaplan) of a ten-volume History of British Women's Writing from the medieval period to the present and a member of the Editorial Board of Tulsa Studies in Women’s Literature.

back to top

School of English, University of Kent, Canterbury, Kent, CT2 7NX

The University of Kent, Canterbury, Kent, CT2 7NZ, T: +44 (0)1227 823054

Last Updated: 26/10/2017