Barbara Taylor

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Barbara G. Taylor (born c.1950) is a Canadian-born historian based in the United Kingdom, specialising in the Enlightenment, gender studies and the history of subjectivity. She is Professor of Humanities at Queen Mary, University of London.[1]

She was born and raised in Western Canada, where in 1971 she was awarded her first degree in Political Thought. She then moved to London where she gained an M.Sc. in the same subject at the London School of Economics, followed by a Ph.D. in History at the University of Sussex. She taught history at the University of East London from 1993 until 2012 and then moved to Queen Mary, University of London as joint professor of the Schools of English & Drama, and History. [2]

She has received research grants and fellowships from the Leverhulme Trust, the Nuffield Foundation, the Guggenheim Foundation (1996), the Social Science and Humanities Council of Canada, and the Wellcome Trust. [2]

Taylor has written a biography of Mary Wollstonecraft, the early English feminist and republican,[3][4] and continues to speak on her life, for example in 2009 at Newington Green Unitarian Church as part of the celebrations of the 250th anniversary of Wollstonecraft's birth.

With psychologist Adam Phillips, Taylor is the coauthor of On Kindness (2009).[5][6][7] Taylor's memoir The Last Asylum: A Memoir of Madness in Our Times, describing her years at Friern Hospital, was published in 2014.[8][9][10][11] It was a finalist for the 2015 RBC Taylor Prize.[12]


  1. ^ "Professor Barbara Taylor". The School of History, Queen Mary, University of London. Retrieved 2016-07-17.
  2. ^ a b "Professor Barbara Taylor". Queen Mary, University of London. Retrieved 5 January 2018.
  3. ^ Hawley, Judith (3 October 2003), "The stroppier the better: Judith Hawley finds Mary Wollstonecraft's reputation enhanced by her collected letters and Barbara Taylor's study, Mary Wollstonecraft and the Feminist Imagination", The Guardian
  4. ^ Additional reviews of Mary Wollstonecraft and the Feminist Imagination:
    • McCandless, Amy Thompson (January 2003), History: Reviews of New Books, 31 (4): 153–154, doi:10.1080/03612759.2003.10527500CS1 maint: Untitled periodical (link)
    • Michiyo, Adachi (March 2004), "Review", Studies in English Literature, 45: 156–162
    • Vega, Judith (Spring 2004), History of Political Thought, 25 (1): 161–163, JSTOR 26220192CS1 maint: Untitled periodical (link)
    • Johnson, Claudia L. (Summer 2004), Albion, 36 (2): 316–317, doi:10.2307/4054242, JSTOR 4054242CS1 maint: Untitled periodical (link)
    • Pedersen, Joyce Senders (August 2004), Canadian Journal of History, 39 (2): 388–390, doi:10.3138/cjh.39.2.388CS1 maint: Untitled periodical (link)
    • Offen, Karen (October 2004), The American Historical Review, 109 (4): 1311–1312, doi:10.1086/ahr/109.4.1311, JSTOR 10.1086/530885CS1 maint: Untitled periodical (link)
    • Connors, Clare (October 2004), History, 89 (4 (296)): 649–650, JSTOR 24427807CS1 maint: Untitled periodical (link)
    • Sales, Roger (November 2004), "Literature & History", Literature & History (2 ed.), 13 (2): 104–107, doi:10.7227/LH.13.2.5
    • Mellor, Ann K. (October 2004), "Feminist Debates in the 1790s", The Journal of British Studies, 43 (4): 519–524, doi:10.1086/421932
    • Zook, Melinda (Spring 2005), The Historian, 67 (1): 170–171, JSTOR 24452937CS1 maint: Untitled periodical (link)
    • Thomson, Heidi (July 2005), The Modern Language Review, 100 (3): 789–790, JSTOR 3739157CS1 maint: Untitled periodical (link)
    • McLauchlan, Laura (2005), "Review", Canadian Woman Studies, 24 (2–3): 194–196
    • Lokke, Kari (2005), Keats–Shelley Journal, 54: 215–218, JSTOR 30213128CS1 maint: Untitled periodical (link)
    • Smith, Hilda L. (Spring 2006), "Women and Politics", New Feminist Work in Epistemology and Aesthetics, Eighteenth-Century Studies, 39 (3): 405–410, doi:10.1353/ecs.2006.0012, JSTOR 30053482
    • Kirkley, Laura (June 2008), The Historical Journal, 51 (2): 565–566, doi:10.1017/s0018246x08006869, JSTOR 20175177CS1 maint: Untitled periodical (link)
  5. ^ Stevenson, Peter (29 July 2009), "Easy to be Hard", The New York Times
  6. ^ Warnock, Mary (10 January 2009), "Humanity's gift that keeps on giving: A history of kindness offers an absorbing overview of a defining attribute, finds Mary Warnock", The Guardian
  7. ^ King, Ed (4 January 2009), "On Kindness by Adam Phillips and Barbara Taylor", The Sunday Times
  8. ^ Armstrong, Laura (5 March 2015), "Barbara Taylor shares story of her 'madness' in memoir: Book, which was nominated for Charles Taylor Prize, also offers a scathing critique of the mental health system in the western world of today", Toronto Star
  9. ^ Moreton, Cole (9 February 2014), "'I was a loony, a nutter. I was on the far side of the moon': Barbara Taylor's memoir of her time in Britain's last Victorian asylum argues that mental health patients deserve better care today", The Daily Telegraph
  10. ^ Levingston, Suzanne Allard (April 28, 2015), "Historian recollects the demons of her own past in The Last Asylum", The Washington Post
  11. ^ Additional reviews of The Last Asylum:
  12. ^ The winner of the 2015 RBC Taylor Prize, Charles Taylor Foundation, retrieved 2017-12-28

External links[edit]

  • Barbara Taylor profile at the Queen Mary college of the University of London