18th-c Reading Group: Prof. Jennie Batchelor,University of Kent (UK)

March 4, 2019
5:00 - 6:30 PM
2115 Tawes

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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

For more information contact: Tita Chico (tchico@umd.edu)