Faculty Pro Vice Chancellor Professor Jacqueline M LabbeProfessor Jacqueline Labbe

Pro Vice Chancellor, Faculty of Arts and Humanities

Chair of Romantic-Period Literature, School of English

Faculty Office
Humanities Research Institute
34 Gell Street
Sheffield S3 7QY

0114 222 9714

j.labbe@sheffield.ac.uk

Overview

I was educated in the US (BA Ohio State, MA/PhD University of Pennsylvania), but my first permanent post was here at the University of Sheffield, where I came to grips with some of the complicated differences that exist between the UK and US higher education systems. I moved to the University of Warwick in 2000 as a Senior Lecturer, became Reader in 2002, and received my Personal Chair in 2005. During my time at Warwick I served in a variety of capacities, including Director of the Humanities Research Centre (2009–2012) and Chair of the Warwick Graduate School (2010–2013). I returned to Sheffield as the Pro-Vice-Chancellor for the Faculty of Arts and Humanities in 2013.

I was President of the British Association for Romantic Studies between 2003 and 2007 and am now a Life Member. I am also a long-serving member of the Modern Language Association, a member of the Editorial Board for Tulsa Studies in Women’s Literature and the Advisory Board for Women’s Writing, a past member of the Advisory Board for PMLA (2009-2012), a past member of the Executive Committee of the North American Association for the Study of Romanticism, and a past member of the Peer Review College of the AHRC, as well as a Strategic Reviewer for the AHRC. I am also the sole UK member of the ETS-GRE European Advisory Council.

Pro Vice Chancellor remit

I am privileged to lead a fantastic Faculty of colleagues whose research is world class and whose dedication to teaching is unquestionable. I see it as a priority to develop a Faculty message that highlights our strengths within a narrative that emphasises variety and creative endeavour. Over the next academic year, we will develop our Faculty ‘story’; expand our national and international connections and collaborations; and make some decisions involving pedagogical innovations that will continue to attract a strong, vibrant, and high-achieving student body.

Research

My research focuses on the poetry and fiction of the late-eighteenth and early-nineteenth centuries: the British Romantic period. I have published widely on the poetry of the central Romantic writer, Charlotte Smith (1749-1806), and her interactions with other key figures such as William Wordsworth and Jane Austen. I have also written on gendered constructions of landscape perception, the centrality of the romance and the melodrama in the period, and aspects of Victorian children's literature. I am interested in the ways in which form and content are mutually inflective; how history and culture underpin writing; the varied ways in which authors interact and become mutual readers; and an inclusive and historically-informed canon.

Teaching

I have taught Romantic and Victorian poetry and fiction from a variety of thematic and generic angles. At Warwick, I also convened an MA course, probably unique in the UK, that approached Romanticism as a pan-European phenomenon and which required students to study across disciplines, including language departments. I plan on re-energising this aspect of teaching and supervision at Sheffield.

Supervision

I am interested in supervising research students on any aspect of writing in the period 1770–1900, but particularly women’s writing; issues of genre and form; historical and cultural approaches to literature; Charlotte Smith; William Wordsworth; and Jane Austen.

Selected publications

Books

  • Writing Romanticism: Charlotte Smith and William Wordsworth, 1784-1807. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2011.
    – Nominated for the James Russell Lowell Prize, MLA, 2012; and the European Society for the Study of English Book Award, 2012
  • The History of British Women’s Writing, 1750-1830. Ed. Labbe. Vol. 5 of The History of British Women’s Writing. Gen. Eds. Cora Kaplan and Jennie Batchelor. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2010.
  • Romantic Localities: Europe Writes Place. Ed. Labbe and Christoph Bode. London: Pickering and Chatto, 2010.
  • Labbe, ed. Charlotte Smith in British Romanticism. London: Pickering and Chatto, 2008.
  • Labbe, ed. Poems. The Complete Works of Charlotte Smith, vol. 14. Gen. Ed. Stuart Curran, London: Pickering and Chatto, 2007.
  • Charlotte Smith: Romanticism, poetry and the culture of gender. Manchester: Manchester University Press/ New York: Palgrave, 2003.
  • Labbe, ed. The Old Manor House, by Charlotte Smith. Edited with Introduction, Notes, and Appendices. Peterborough: Broadview Press, 2002.
  • The Romantic Paradox: Love, Violence, and the Uses of Romance, 1760-1830. Basingstoke: Macmillan Press/New York: St. Martin’s Press, 2000.
  • Memory and Memorials, 1798-1914. Ed. Labbe, Matthew Campbell, Sally Shuttleworth. London: Routledge, 2000.
  • Romantic Visualities: Landscape, Gender and Romanticism. Basingstoke: Macmillan Press/New York: St. Martin’s Press, 1998.

Articles

  • ‘Poetics’. A Handbook of Romanticism Studies. Eds. Julia M. Wright and Joel Faflak (Oxford: Blackwells, 2011).
  • ‘Considered Experiments: Charlotte Smith Writes Romantic Poetry’. Blackwell Encyclopedia of Romanticism, eds. Frederick Burwick, Diane Long Hoeveler, and Nancy Moore Goslee (Oxford: Blackwells, 2011).
  • ‘Role Play in Charlotte Smith’s Novels (1788-1795)’. Blackwell Encyclopedia of Romanticism, eds. Frederick Burwick, Diane Long Hoeveler, and Nancy Moore Goslee (Oxford: Blackwells, 2011).
  • ‘Introduction’. The History of British Women’s Writing, 1750-1830. Ed. Labbe. Vol. 5 of The History of British Women’s Writing. Gen. Eds. Cora Kaplan and Jennie Batchelor. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2010, pp. 1-26.
  • ‘Introduction’ (co-written with Christoph Bode). Romantic Localities, eds. Labbe and Bode. London: Pickering and Chatto, 2010, pp. 1-14.
  • ‘At the Intersection of Artifice and Reality’. Romantic Localities, eds. Labbe and Bode. London: Pickering and Chatto, 2010, pp. 25-38.
  • ‘What Happens at the Party: Jane Austen Converses with Charlotte Smith’. Persuasions Online 30.2 (2010).
  • ‘Revisiting the Egotistical Sublime: Smith, Wordsworth, and the Romantic Dramatic Monologue’. Women and Men Romantic Poets. Ed. Beth Lau. Aldershot: Ashgate Press, 2009, pp. 17-38.
  • ‘The hybrid poems of Smith and Wordsworth: Questions and Disputes’. European Romantic Review 20 (2009), pp. 219-226.
  • ‘Smith, Wordsworth, and the Model of the Romantic Poet’. Romanticism and Victorianism on the Net 51 (2008).
  • ‘To eat and be eaten in nineteenth-century children’s literature’. Critical Approaches to Food in Children’s Literature. Eds. Scott Pollard and Kara Keeling. London: Routledge, 2008, pp. 93-104.
  • ‘ “The absurdity of animals having the passions and the faculties of man”: Charlotte Smith’s fables (1807)’. European Romantic Review 19 (2008), pp. 157-62.
  • ‘Narrating Seduction: Charlotte Smith and Jane Austen’. Charlotte Smith in British Romanticism. Ed. Labbe. London: Pickering and Chatto, 2008, pp. 113-128.
  • ‘The Seductions of Form in the Poetry of Ann Batten Cristall and Charlotte Smith’. Romantic Form. Ed. Alan Rawes. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2007, pp. 154-170.
  • ‘Towards an Ungendered Romanticism: Blake, Robinson and Smith in 1793’. Women Reading William Blake. Ed. Helen Bruder. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2007, pp. 118-126.
  • ‘Doctrine, Suffering, and the Morality of Death in Didactic Children’s Fiction’. British Journal of Eighteenth-Century Studies 29 (2006): 445-459.