The organizers of the conference, Dr. Jennie Batchelor and Dr. James Robert Wood, both have central research interests in periodical studies. Jennie Batchelor is currently the Principal Investigator of a two-year Leverhulme Research Project Grant on The Lady’s Magazine. Her current book project on women’s magazines of the Romantic era is tentatively titled Guilty and Other Pleasures. Dr. James Robert Wood is lecturer in eighteenth-century literature at the University of East Anglia. He has published an essayon Joseph Addison's and Richard Steele's periodical The Spectator in Eighteenth-Century Life. He is currently working on an essay entitled "Women's Learning in Women's Periodicals" for The Edinburgh Companion to Women’s Print Media in Britain, 1690-1820.
There are many other scholars with strong interests in periodical studies at CHASE institutions . The following scholars have published or will publish significant research in the subject. While they are certainly not the only people working on periodicals, their research projects provide an indicative sense of the diversity of interests in and approaches to periodical literature across the consortium.
Professor Cathy Waters at the University of Kent specializes in ninteenth-century literature with particular focus on the writing of Dickens, the journalism of George A. Sala, and nineteenth-century periodicals and newspapers and is the author of Commodity Culture in Dickens’s Household Words: The Social Life of Goods, a study of Charles Dickens weekly miscellany Household Words. Professor Roger Luckhurst of Birkbeck College, University of London has published on popular short periodical fiction from the late nineteenth century through to the twentieth century and has co-edited a collection of essayson the journalist W.T. Stead, who died in the Titanic disaster. Dr. Thomas Karshan at the University of East Anglia is currently editing a major collection of articles reflecting on the essay as a literary form entitled Of Essays with Kathryn Murphy for Oxford University Press. Finally, Dr. Uttara Natarajan of Goldsmiths, University of London has published an important article in the flagship journal Studies in Romanticism on the romantic familiar essay.
For queries relating to the Periodical Studies Network, please contact Dr. Jennie Batchelor or Dr. James Robert Wood