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Professor Fiona Price

Professor of English Literature

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Fiona Price

Fiona Price is Professor of English Literature at the University of Chichester and author of two monographs, Reinventing Liberty: Nation, Commerce and the Historical Novel from Walpole to Scott (Edinburgh, 2016) and Revolutions in Taste 1773 – 1818: Women Writers and the Aesthetics of Romanticism (Ashgate, 2009).  She has edited two historical novels: Jane Porter’s The Scottish Chiefs (1810; Broadview P, 2007) and Sarah Green’s Private History of the Court of England (1808; Pickering and Chatto, 2011.) She is editor, with Benjamin Dew, of the book Historical Writing in Britain 1689-1830: Visions of History (2014) and, with Scott Mason, of Silence, Sublimity and Suppression in the Romantic Period. She has written widely on historical fiction, women's writing, and the aesthetics of political change.

She is editor of a special issue of Women’s Writing entitled “Romantic Women Writers and the Fictions of History” (19.3 [2012]) and has written a number of chapters on the importance of history writing in the period, including a contribution to The Cambridge Companion to Women's Writing in the Romantic Period (Cambridge University Press, 2014) on ''National Identities and Regional Affiliations' (pp. 183-97), a chapter on 'Romancing the Past: Women's Historical Fiction, Editorial Pains and Practices' in Editing Women's Writing, ed. Amy Culley and Anna Fitzer (Routledge, forthcoming) and a chapter in Reading the (Re)Presented Past: Literature & Historical Consciousness, 1700 to the Present (Palgrave, 2012). Other publications in this area include “Resisting ‘The Spirit of Innovation’: Jane Porter and the Other Historical Novel” (Modern Language Review 101.3 [2006]: 638-52) and “‘Ancient Liberties’: Rewriting the Historical Novel: Thomas Leland, Horace Walpole, and Clara Reeve” (Journal of Eighteenth-Century Studies 34.1 [2011]: 19-38).

Fiona is a founding member of the South Coast Eighteenth-Century and Romantic Research Group, which aims to provide a dynamic research environment for staff and postgraduates working in the long eighteenth century. She co-ordinates the UG modules Restoration to Romanticism, Genre Prose Fiction, and Gothic, Romanticism and Women's Writing, as well as Visions of the Real, on our MA. She is also eager to supervise students working on the Romantic period novel, historical fiction or Romantic period women's writing. 

Publications

Selected Publications

Books

Price, Fiona. Reinventing Liberty: Nation, Commerce and the Historical Novel from Walpole to Scott (Edinburgh, 2016). 

Price, Fiona and Benjamin Dew, ed. Historical Writing in Britain, 1688-1830: Visions of History (Palgrave, 2014).

Price, Fiona. Revolutions in Taste: Women's Writing and the Aesthetics of Romanticism 1773-1818 (Ashgate, 2009) (www.ashgate.com/isbn/9780754660262) 
Price, Fiona, ed. The Scottish Chiefs, by Jane Porter picture left (Broadview, 2007).
Price, Fiona, ed. Private History of the Court of England by Sarah Green (Pickering and Chatto, 2011)
Price, Fiona, and Scott Masson, ed. Silence, Sublimity and Suppression in the Romantic Period (New York: Edwin Mellen, 2002).

Articles

"The Politics of Fear: Gothic Histories, the English Civil War and Walter Scott's Woodstock", Yearbook of English Studies 47.1 (2017) (forthcoming).

"Prosthetic Pasts: H.P. Lovecraft and the Politics of History." Genre: Forms of Discourse and Culture, 49 (2016) (2). pp. 135-158.

“‘A Great Deal of History’: Romantic Women Writers and Historical Fiction’”. Introduction to Women’s Writing 19.3 (2012): 259-272.

“‘Experiments on an Air-Pump’: History, Jane West and The Loyalists (1812).” Women’s Writing 19.3 (2012): 315-332.

“‘Ancient Liberties’: Rewriting the Historical Novel: Thomas Leland, Horace Walpole, and Clara Reeve.” Journal of Eighteenth-Century Studies 34.1 (2011): 19-38.

“Resisting ‘The Spirit of Innovation’: Jane Porter and the Other Historical Novel.” Modern Language Review 101.3 (2006): 638-52.

“‘Myself creating what I saw’: The Morality of the Spectator in Eighteenth-Century Gothic.” Gothic Studies 8.2 (November 2006): 1-17.

“Democratising Taste: Scottish Common Sense Philosophy and Elizabeth Hamilton.” Romanticism 8.2 (2003): 179-96.

Chapters in books

“Romancing the Past: Women's Historical Fiction, Editorial Pains and Practices," in Amy Culley and Anna Fitzer, eds. Editing Women's Writing (Routledge, forthcoming).

"National Identities, and Regional Affiliations.” Cambridge Companion to Women's Writing in the Romantic Period. Ed. Devoney Looser. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2015.

"Making History: Social Unrest, Work and the Post-French Revolution Historical Novel," in Fiona Price and Benjamin Dew, eds. Historical Writing in Britain, 1688-1830: Visions of History (Palgrave, 2014), pp. 145-61.

“The Uses of History: The Historical Novel in the Post-French Revolution Debate and Cornelia Ellis Knight’s Marcus Flaminius (1792).” Reading the (Re)Presented Past: Literature & Historical Consciousness, 1700 to the Present. Ed. Kate Mitchell and Nicola Parsons. Palgrave, 2013. 

‘Elizabeth Hamilton’s Letters on Education: Common Sense Alternatives to Scepticism and their Aesthetic Consequences,’ in Gavin Budge, ed, Romantic Empiricism: Poetics and the Philosophy of Common Sense, 1780-1830 (Bucknell University Press, 2007).

"'Inconsistent Rhapsodies': Samuel Richardson and the Politics of Romance'", Blackwell's Companion to Romance, ed. Corinne Sanders (Oxford: Blackwell, 2004), 269-286.

"'Achievements of Genius': Female Literary Originality", Silence, Sublimity and Suppression in the Romantic Period, ed. Fiona Price and Scott Masson (New York: Edwin Mellen, 2002), 85-108.

Research

Research Interests

Fiona Price’s research interests include the historical novel, Romantic and eighteenth-century women's writing; aesthetics; the romance; the eighteenth-century novel; eighteenth-century poetry; Romanticism

Teaching Interests

Restoration to Romanticism; Romantic women's writing; Renaissance literature; critical theory.

Supervisory Interests

Fiona would be particularly interested in supervising PhD-level students in the area of Romantic or eighteenth-century women's writing. She is also interested in supervising students on eighteenth-century prose fiction or the historical novel.

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