The University of Sheffield
School of English

Professor Jacqueline 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

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