My research interests centre on British political culture in the late eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, and, more broadly, on the experiences of women in this period. My works in this field include British women in the 19th century (Palgrave Macillan, 2001) and Borderline citizens: women, gender and political culture, 1780-1860 (British Academy and OUP, 2009).
More recently, I have been considering the ways in which Victorian women's entrepreneurial activities were enmeshed within an expanding global economy. I wanted to investigate the ways in which business strategies and commercial sensibilities were often rooted in the 'taken-for-granted' assumptions which enabled imperialism to flourish (see '"The riches and treasures of other countries": women, empire and maritime expertise in early Victorian London",Gender and History 2013, Vol.25, pp.7-26).
I have a particular interest in exploring the agency of those who have been excluded from traditional political narratives. I am therefore now researching the involvement of British children in the political process during the age of reform [please see research tab for further details]. However, I am still actively involved in the intellectual debates of feminist and gender history and theory and these remain at the heart of my work. (See 'The imagined communities of women's history: current debates and emerging themes, a rhizomatic approach', Women's History Review (2013), pp. 1-17.
I welcome the opportunity to work with graduates in any of these fields and am very happy to discuss possible projects with prospective applicants.
Borderline Citizens: women, gender and political culture in Britain, 1815-1867 (Oxford, 2009)
This volume provides the most comprehensive analysis to date of women's involvement in British political culture in the first half of the nineteenth century. It is based upon extensive archival research, but also engages with recent feminist theories in the social sciences, such as psychology and sociology. The volume is innovative too for its attention to rural experiences of politics, as well as urban. Dr Gleadle not only throws new light on women's political activities but also does much to challenge many traditional assumptions about contemporary politics per se. This includes, for example, fresh insights into the great Reform Act of 1832, attention to the many continuities in political practice and ideas, and a focus upon the primary significance of parish politics within the day-to-day activities of the middling and gentry classes.
Children, childhood and politics in the long nineteenth century
Victorian diaries and manuscript cultures
Global feminisms in the long nineteenth century
Women and political engagement, Britain 1780-1920
Global feminisms, c.1870-1930: vocabularies and concepts- a comparative approach
Masculinity, Age and Life-Cycle in the Age of Reform
The Juvenile Enlightenment: British children and youth during the French Revolution
Playing at Soldiers: British Loyalism and Juvenile Identities during the Napoleonic Wars
'We Will Have It': Children and Protest in the Ten Hours Movement
The purpose of this collection is to bring together representative examples of the most recent work that is taking an understanding of children and childhood in new directions. The two key overarching themes are diversity: social, economic, geographical, and cultural; and agency: the need to see children in industrial England as participants - even protagonists - in the process of historical change, not simply as passive recipients or victims. Contributors address such crucial subjects as the varied experience of work; poverty and apprenticeship; institutional care; the political voice of children; child sexual abuse; and children and education. This volume, therefore, includes some of the best, innovative work on the history of children and childhood currently being written by both younger and established scholars.
'The Riches and Treasure of Other Countries': Women, Empire, and Maratime Expertise in early Victorian London
Gentry, Gender and the Moral economy during the Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars in Provincial England
Economic Women: Essays on Desire and Dispossession in Nineteenth-Century British Culture, edited by Lana L. Dalley and Jill Rappoport, showcases the wide-ranging economic activities and relationships of real and fictional women in nineteenth-century British culture. This volume’s essays chronicle the triumphs and setbacks of women who developed, described, contested, and exploited new approaches to economic thought and action. In their various roles as domestic employees, activists fighting for free trade, theorists developing statistical models, and individuals considering the cost of marriage and its dissolution, the women discussed here were givers and takers, producers and consumers.
The imagined communities of women's history: current debates and emerging themes, a rhizomatic approach
This article reconsiders some of the emergent features of feminist history since 2001. It employs Deleuze and Guattari's notion of the ‘rhizome’—a root structure which grows in unpredictable and manifold directions—as a means to conceptualise the complicated intellectual shifts within the field. The article warns that in some respects there are signs that the progress of ‘women's history’ has begun to slow. The rhizome provides a radical metaphor through which to consider the continued, subversive potential of feminist history.
This volume provides a comprehensive analysis of women's involvement in British political culture in the first half of the nineteenth century. It is based on extensive archival research, but also engages with recent feminist theories in the social sciences, such as psychology and sociology. The volume looks at both rural and urban experiences of politics. The author throws new light on women's political activities and challenges many traditional assumptions about contemporary politics. The book gives fresh insights into the Reform Act of 1832, pays attention to continuities in political practice and ideas, and brings focus to the primary significance of parish politics within the day-to-day activities of the middling and gentry classes.
Revisiting Family Fortunes: reflections on the twentieth anniversary of the publication of L. Davidoff & C. Hall (1987) Family Fortunes: men and women of the English middle class, 1780–1850 (London: Hutchinson)
This article seeks to mark the twentieth anniversary of the publication of Leonore Davidoff & Catherine Hall’s Family Fortunes: men and women of the English middle class, 1780–1850. Given the enormous shifts in the historical discipline since its publication, it seeks to assess the work’s relevance for today’s audience. A consideration of the book’s initial reception provides a reminder of the intellectual climate in which it was published. Whilst this reinforces a sense of the distance the discipline has since travelled, the discussion also points to the richness and perceptiveness of many of those early reviews. The ‘viewpoint’ speculates upon the likely impact of recent developments within both gender history and the social sciences for future treatments of the book’s central themes.