I have interests in nineteenth- and twentieth-century century Irish writing, with a particular focus on the interactions between literature, history and religion; modern Irish life writing; literature and religion in nineteenth-century English writing; and nineteenth-century writing on the impact of change on rural life and work.
I am a member of the Southampton Centre for Nineteenth-Century Research and organised a conference - Uneasy Neighbours?: Rural-Urban Relationships in the Nineteenth Century - in 2013.
I am currently co-editing (with Dr Mary Hammond, English) a volume of essays, Rural-Urban Relationships in the Nineteenth Century: Uneasy Neighbours?, due from Pickering and Chatto in 2016.
I am working with Dr Hammond and colleagues from the University of Hull on a major project - 'The North-South Divide: from Victoria to Reconstruction (1837-1947) - which will draw on archival and other resources in Southampton and Hull as the basis for an exploration of the history of regional identities in and relationships between North and South in Britain across the period.
I am preparing material for a book which draws on the periodical press, and the work of agricultural writers such as Alexander Somerville, James Caird and H. Rider Haggard, and of cultural commentators such as William Howitt, Richard Jefferies and George Sturt, to examine the history of the social/cultural representations of the agricultural labourer in England from the 1830s to 1914.
Professor Barry Sloan
Faculty of Humanities University of Southampton Avenue Campus Highfield Southampton SO17 1BJ United Kingdom
Room Number: 65/1055
Telephone: (023) 8059 7421