Dr Jennifer Batt

BA (Oxon.), MST (Oxon.), D.Phil (Oxon.)

  • BS8 1TB


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Personal profile

Research interests

Broadly speaking, my research interests lie in eighteenth-century literature, book history and reception history, and digital humanities. I'm particularly interested in the publication and reception history of eighteenth-century poetry, and in exploring how poetic culture was constructed across a range of media, including newspapers, magazines, miscellanies and pamphlets. Before coming to Bristol, I was project manager of the Digital Miscellanies Index at the University of Oxford; this project created a freely available online database of the verse printed in thousands of eighteenth-century miscellanies. My current research explores the poetry that was published in eighteenth-century newspapers and magazines; this work has included collaborations with British Library Labs and with the Jean Golding Institute at the University of Bristol.

My work is interested in investigating how eighteenth-century poetic culture reached across social and geographical boundaries, and especially in tracing how it stretched beyond metropolitan or polite limits to include men and women in the provinces and of all social classes. I have a long standing interest in labouring-class writing, and I’ve written and published on severable labouring class poets, including Northamptonshire’s Mary Leapor, and the 'thresher poet' Stephen Duck. (You can see me talk about Duck here, and Leapor here.). My monograph, Class, Patronage and Poetry in Hanoverian England, was published in 2020.

I am also editing 'Lycidus' for the Cambridge University Press edition of the Works of Aphra Behn.

I am co-founder of the Centre for Material Texts. The Centre was established in 2017 in order to bring together scholars from across the Faculty of Arts, as well as librarians and creative professionals, in the exploration of material texts from the ancient world to the digital age. If you are interested in the Centre’s work, do check out our blog, twitter, or get in touch.

Research Supervision

I would welcome applications relating to the long eighteenth century, and particularly invite those relating to poetry, women’s writing, labouring-class writing, book history, or digital humanities.


Undergraduate units I teach on include:

Literature 1550-1740
Literature 1740-1900
Eighteenth-Century Women’s Writing
Writing the Working Classes

Structured keywords and research groupings

  • Centre for Material Texts

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Research Output

Digital Miscellanies Index

Batt, J., Jun 2018, Teaching Laboring-Class British Literature of the Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries . Christmas, W. J. & Binfield, K. (eds.). Modern Language Association, p. 299-301 (Options for Teaching; vol. 43).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingOther chapter contribution

Women’s poetry in the magazines

Batt, J., 2018, Women's Periodicals and Print Culture in Britain: 1690-1820s: The Long Eighteenth Century . Batchelor, J. & Powell, M. (eds.). Edinburgh University Press, p. 101-112

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter in a book

Work in Hand: Script, Print, and Writing 1690-1840, by Aileen Douglas.

Batt, J., 2018, In : Digital Defoe: Studies in Defoe and his Contemporaries. 9, 1

Research output: Contribution to journalBook/Film/Article review (Academic Journal)

Open Access


British Library Labs Competition

Batt, Jennifer (Recipient), 2016

Prize: Prizes, Medals, Awards and Grants

  • Review of English Studies Essay Prize

    Batt, Jennifer (Recipient), 2010

    Prize: Prizes, Medals, Awards and Grants

  • Activities

    • 24 Participation in conference

    British Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies, 47th Annual Conference

    Jennifer Batt (Speaker)

    4 Jan 2018

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference

    British Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies, 46th Annual Conference

    Jennifer Batt (Speaker)

    6 Jan 2017

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference

    British Library Labs Symposium

    Jennifer Batt (Invited speaker)

    30 Oct 2017

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference