Fiona Price

Department of Humanities Professor University of Chichester (UK) f.price@chi.ac.uk

Bio/Research

Professor Fiona Price (PhD Durham University), is a scholar of eighteenth-century and Romantic literature, especially women’s writing, historical fiction and the novel. In her research, she focusses on these areas in relation to gender power dynamics, politics and nation-building.

Her r...


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Bio/Research

Professor Fiona Price (PhD Durham University), is a scholar of eighteenth-century and Romantic literature, especially women’s writing, historical fiction and the novel. In her research, she focusses on these areas in relation to gender power dynamics, politics and nation-building.

Her research on women’s writing, Romanticism and the gothic suggests that women writers, working in undervalued genres like the gothic, anticipated and moulded Romanticism. She argues that writers like Mary Wollstonecraft rethought originality and genius and that their efforts shaped the nation by transforming ideas of good taste.

Her scholarship on historical fiction insists on the genre’s importance in understanding the British nation and its relationship to Europe. She emphasizes the important work of women writers, from Ann Radcliffe to Charlotte Smith, in shaping this nation-building fiction. Her scholarship on contemporary historical novelists, like Hilary Mantel, establishes how modern fictions are shaped by these early writers.

She is the author of Revolutions in Taste and of Reinventing Liberty: Nation, Commerce and the Historical Novel from Walpole to Scott. Her essays have appeared in scholarly journals like Romanticism, Gothic Studies, and the Journal of Eighteenth-Century Studies.


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