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University of Sussex
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stress, cultural history, 20th century, Britain, self-help, work, Mass Observation, oral history, women
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About Me

I am a lecturer in History and convene the Foundation Year history module at Sussex University.

My research is in twentieth-century Britain in particular looking at the cultural history of stress and focusing on the experiences of ordinary people. Most of my work draws on the Mass Observation Archive, oral history and popular culture.

Recent Publications

Kirby, Jill (2019) Feeling the strain: a cultural history of stress in twentieth-century Britain (Manchester, MUP) 2019.

A free sample chapter can be accessed here.

Kirby, Jill (2015) Working too hard: experiences of stress and worry in post-war Britain. In: Jackson, Mark (ed.) Stress in post-war Britain, 1945-1985. Studies for the Society for the Social History of Medicine, 23 . Pickering & Chatto, London, pp. 59-74. ISBN 9781781440933 (eBook)

Kirby, Jill Designing and developing a foundation year module. In: Garnham, WendyBetts, Tab and Oprandi, Paolo (eds.) Disrupting traditional pedagogy: active learning in practice. University of Sussex, University of Sussex, pp. 181-204. ISBN 9780995786240

Media Coverage
Country Focus
United Kingdom
Expertise by Geography
United Kingdom
Expertise by Chronology
20th century
Expertise by Topic
Family, Gender, Higher Ed, Medicine, Women, World War II