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University of Adelaide
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Gender History, history of emotions, history of family, Scotland, Ireland, methodologies
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About Me

Katie Barclay is a Senior Lecturer in the ARC Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions and Department of History, University of Adelaide. Her expertise lies mainly in the areas of the history of emotions, gender history and the history of the family. She is the author of the double award-winning, Love, Intimacy and Power: Marriage and Patriarchy in Scotland, 1650-1850 (Manchester, 2011); Men on Trial: Performing Emotion, Embodiment and Identity in Ireland, 1800-1845 (Manchester, 2018); and with Andrew Lynch, editor of the journal, Emotions: History, Culture, Society. She has written widely on the intersections of emotion, family life and gendered power. I also have a podcast:

Recent Publications


Katie Barclay, Men on Trial: Performing Emotion, Embodiment and Identity in Ireland, 1800-1845 (Manchester University Press, 2018)

Katie Barclay, Love Intimacy and Power: Marriage and Patriarchy in Scotland, 1650-1850 (Manchester University Press, 2011)

Select edited collections

Deborah Simonton, Katie Barclay et al, The Routledge History Handbook of Gender and the Urban  Experience (Routledge, 2017)

Katie Barclay and Merridee Bailey (eds), Emotion, Ritual and Power in Europe, 1200-1920: Family, State and Church (Palgrave, 2017)

Katie Barclay, Kim Reynolds and Ciara Rawnsley (eds), Death, Emotion and Childhood in Premodern Europe (Palgrave, 2017).

Katie Barclay and Deborah Simonton (eds), Women in Eighteenth-Century Scotland: Public, Intellectual and Private Lives (Ashgate, 2013)

Recent Articles

Katie Barclay and Rosalind Carr, ‘Women, Love and Power in Enlightenment Scotland’, Women’s History Review, 27(2)(2018), pp. 176-98

Katie Barclay, ‘New Materialism and The New History of the Emotions’, Emotions: History, Culture, Society,1(1) (2018), pp. 161-83

Katie Barclay, ‘Performing Emotion and Reading the Male Body in the Irish Court, c.1800-1845’, Journal of Social History 51(2) (2017), pp. 293-312

Katie Barclay, ‘Narrative, Law and Emotion: Husband Killers in Early Nineteenth-Century Ireland’, Journal of  Legal History 38(2) (2017), pp. 203-27.

Katie Barclay, ‘Stereotypes as Political Resistance: the Irish Police Court Columns, c.1820-1845’, Social History 42(2) (2017), pp. 257-80

Katie Barclay, ‘Emotions, the Law and the Press in Britain: Seduction and Breach of Promise Suits, 1780-1830’, Journal of Eighteenth-Century Studies 39(2) (2016), pp. 267-84

Katie Barclay, ‘Illicit Intimacies: the Many Families of Gilbert Innes of Stow (1751-1832)’, Gender & History, 27(3) (2015), pp. 576-90

Media Coverage
Country Focus
Scotland, Ireland, UK
Expertise by Geography
Australia, British Isles, Ireland, United Kingdom, Western Europe
Expertise by Chronology
Pre-17th century, 17th century, 18th century, 19th century
Expertise by Topic
Children & Youth, Family, Gender, Sexuality, Sexual Violence, Urban History, Women