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University of Leicester
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Children, War, Empire, Women’s History, The Brontës, Juvenilia, Life Writing, Napoleonic Wars, Nineteenth Century Literature and Culture, Military Memoir, War Trauma, Napoleon, Thomas Hardy, Romanticism
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About Me

My research interests lie in Romantic and Victorian literature and culture, specifically: war, childhood, the Brontës, and sensation fiction. My current Leverhulme Postdoctoral Fellowship focuses on war and the culture of childhood in the nineteenth century, reviving the marginalised voice of the child writer within the broader context of war and reconsidering children as important social agents within the military family.

In 2017 I was named as one of the BBC/AHRC’s New Generation Thinkers. I am regularly involved with the media and have worked on programmes for BBC 2 and BBC Radio 3. I have also written for The Guardian, BBC History Magazine, PN Review, and History Today. I have also worked closely with museums, such as The National Army Museum and The Brontë Parsonage Museum, where I curated their 2015 exhibition, ‘The Brontës, War and Waterloo’.


Recent Publications

The Brontës and the Military. Palgrave (forthcoming 2018)

Butcher, Emma and Simon Armitage, ‘It’s time to bring Branwell, the dark Brontë into the light, The Guardian. 26 June 2017.

Butcher, Emma and James Rogers, ‘Child Soldiers: A History’, BBC History Magazine. 18 June 2017.

‘War Trauma and Alcoholism in the Early Writings of Charlotte and Branwell Brontë’ Journal of Victorian Culture (forthcoming 2017)

Butcher, Emma and Valerie Sanders, ‘Mortal Hostility: Masculinity and Fatherly Conflict in the Glass Town and Angrian Sagas’. Lucy Morrison and Judith Pike (eds), Charlotte Brontë from the Beginnings: New Essays from the Juvenilia to the Major Works. Routledge, 2017.

‘Napoleonic Periodicals and the Childhood Imagination: The Influence of War Commentary on the Charlotte and Branwell Brontë’s Glass Town and Angria’, Victorian Periodicals Review. Vol. 28 No. 4, Summer 2015.

Butcher, Emma (ed.), Brontë Studies, Special Issue: The Brontës and the Condition of England. Vol. 40, No. 4, Autumn 2015

Media Coverage
Country Focus
Expertise by Geography
United Kingdom, United States, Western Europe
Expertise by Chronology
18th century, 19th century, Modern, 20th century, 21st century
Expertise by Topic
American Civil War, American Revolution, Children & Youth, Family, Gender, Human Rights, Migration & Immigration, Military, Museums, Politics, Public History, Rebellion & Revolution, Sexuality, Sexual Violence, Women, World War I, World War II