Professor Jacqueline Labbe
Vice-President and Head of Faculty, Faculty of Arts and Humanities
Chair of Romantic-Period Literature, School of English
Humanities Research Institute
34 Gell Street
Sheffield S3 7QY
0114 222 9714
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. I’m currently working on a book about the modal interactions between Smith and Austen.
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.
- 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.
- Pathological Sensibility, Women’s Writing 23.3 (2016), eds. Ros Ballaster and Ruth Perry: 354-65.
- ‘Romantic Intertextuality: The Adaptive Weave’. The Wordsworth Circle XLVI (2015): 44-48.
- ‘The Economics of Female Authorship’, The Cambridge Companion to Women’s Writing in the Romantic Period, ed. Devoney Looser (Cambridge: CUP, 2015), pp. 158-168. Volume named a ‘Choice Outstanding Academic Title’, 2016.
- ‘Writing/righting gender’. British Romanticism: Criticism and Debates. Ed. Mark Canuel (London: Routledge, 2014), pp.294-302.
- ‘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.