Professor Barbara Caine

AM, BA Sydney MPhil Sus PhD Monash, FAHA FRHS FASSA
Dean, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences

A14 - The Quadrangle
The University of Sydney

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Biographical details

Barbara Caine's substantive position is Head of the School of Philosophical and Historical Inquiry. Prior to taking it up, she was a Professor of History and ARC Professorial Fellow at Monash University. Barbara has a long association with the University of Sydney: she did her BA here and, after doing a postgraduate degree at Sussex University, returned to a lectureship in History. Barbara was also the first Director of the Women’s Studies Centre.

Barbara has been Visiting Fellow at the Humanities Research Centre at ANU, at the Centre for European Studies at the University of Michigan and at Goldsmith’s College in London.

Research interests

Barbara Caine's main areas of interest are in the history of autobiography and biography and in the history of feminism. She am currently working on a history of women’s autobiography from the mid 18th century to the present. Barbara is also involved in a collaborative project: a history of European women’s letters and letter writing from the 11th to the 20th centuries.

Selected grants

2013

  • Sydney Intellectual History Network; Milam J, Aspromourgos A, Borghesi F, Caine B, Ferng J, Fitzmaurice A, Gaukroger S, Helbig D, Karalis V, Kerridge I, Macarthur D, Nassar D, Redding P, Sadurski W, Sevel M, Sluga G, Smith M, Waldow A, Walton K; DVC Research/Research Network Scheme (SyReNS).

2012

  • Global Sensibilities; Sluga G, Milam J, Gaukroger S, Caine B; University of Sydney/Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Research Cluster.
  • Global Sensibilities – The New History of Ideas; Blanshard A, Caine B, Celermajer D, Ferng J, Fitzmaurice A, Gatens M, Harmon C, Johnson M, Milam J, Sluga G, White S; Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences/FASS Collaborative Research Scheme.

2011

  • Continuities and change in the history of European womens letter-writting; Caine B; Australian Research Council (ARC)/Discovery Projects (DP).

2007

  • Cosmopolitanism: its practices and its pasts.; Caine B, Horne J, Sluga G; Australian Academy of the Humanities (AAH) & Academy of Social Sciences in Australia (ASSA)/Research Grant.
  • History and the Individual Life: Autobiography, Biography and the history of the self in the British World c1750-1980; Caine B; Australian Research Council (ARC)/Australian Professorial Fellowship.
  • History and the Individual Life: Autobiography, Biography and the history of the self in the British World c1750-1980; Caine B; Australian Research Council (ARC)/Discovery Projects (DP).

Selected publications

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Books

  • Caine, B. (2010). Biography and History. London: Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Caine, B. (2005). Bombay to Bloomsbury: a Biography of the Strachey family. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • Caine, B., Sluga, G. (2000). Gendering European History: 1780-1920. London, New York: Leicester University Press.
  • Caine, B. (1997). English Feminism, 1780-1980. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • Caine, B. (1992). Victorian Feminists. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • Caine, B. (1986). Destined to be Wives: The Sisters of Beatrice Webb. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Edited Books

  • Caine, B. (2009). Friendship: A History. London: Equinox Publishing Ltd.
  • Spongberg, M., Caine, B., Curthoys, A. (2005). Companion to Women's Historical Writing. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.

Book Chapters

  • Caine, B. (2015). Love and Romance in Interwar British Women's Autobiography. In Alana Harris, Timothy Willem Jones (Eds.), Love and Romance in Britain, 1918-1970, (pp. 20-40). Basingstoke, UK: Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Caine, B. (2014). British Feminist Thought. In W.J. Mander (Eds.), The Oxford Handbook of British Philosophy in the Nineteenth Century, (pp. 383-401). Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • Caine, B. (2013). Biography and the Question of Historical Distance. In M. S. Phillips, B. Caine, and J. A. Thomas (Eds.), Rethinking Historical Distance, (pp. 67-83). Basingstoke, UK: Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Caine, B. (2013). Feminism. In Kerry Powell, Peter Raby (Eds.), Oscar Wilde in Context, (pp. 289-296). Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press.
  • Caine, B. (2013). The trials and tribulations of a black woman leader: Lilian Ngoyi and the South African liberation struggle. In F. de Haan, M. Allen, J. Purvis and K Daskalova (Eds.), Womens Activism: Global Perspectives from the 1890s to the Present, (pp. 90-105). Oxon, UK: Routledge.
  • Caine, B. (2007). Elizabeth Cady Stanton, John Stuart Mill, and the nature of feminist thought. In Ellen Carol DuBois and Richard Candida Smith (Eds.), Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Feminist as Thinker: A Reader in Documents and Essays, (pp. 50-65). United States: New York University Press.
  • Caine, B. (2005). Feminism. In Spongberg, Mary; Curthoys, Ann and Caine, Barbara (Eds.), Companion to Women's Historical Writing. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Caine, B. (2005). Feminist Biography. In Spongberg, Mary; Curthoys, Ann and Caine, Barbara (Eds.), Companion to Women's Historical Writing. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Caine, B. (2005). Marriage and Family Life. In Spongberg, Mary; Curthoys, Ann and Caine, Barbara (Eds.), Companion to Women's Historical Writing. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.

Journals

  • Caine, B. (2015). From 'Dearest Mama' to 'Dear Mother': changing styles in early twentieth-century letters from daughters to mothers. Women's History Review, 24(4), 603-620. [More Information]
  • Caine, B. (2015). Introduction: Letters between Mothers and Daughters. Women's History Review, 24(4), 483-489.
  • Caine, B. (2013). The making of Catherine Cookson's autobiography. Women's History Review, 22(1), 2-18. [More Information]
  • Caine, B. (2010). Writing Cosmopolitan Lives: Joe and Kwame Anthony Appiah. History Workshop Journal, 70(1), 152-171. [More Information]
  • Caine, B. (2008). 'A South African Revolutionary, but a Lady of the British Empire': Helen Joseph and the Anti-Apartheid Movement. Journal of Southern African Studies, 34(3), 575-590. [More Information]
  • Caine, B. (2008). Bloomsbury Friendship and its Victorian Antecedents. Literature and History, 17(1), 48-61.
  • Horne, J., Sluga, G., Caine, B. (2007). Cosmopolitanism. Its Past and Practices. Dialogue (Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia), 26(3), 79-82.
  • Caine, B. (2007). Stefan Collini, Virginia Woolf, and the Question of Intellectuals in Britain. Journal of the History of Ideas, 68(3), 369-373.
  • Caine, B. (2006). When Did the Victorian Period End? Questions of Gender and Generation. Journal of Victorian Culture, 11(2), 317-325. [More Information]
  • Caine, B. (2005). A feminist family: The Stracheys and feminism, c. 1860-1950. Women's History Review, 14(3-4), 385-404.

Edited Journals

  • Caine, B. (2015). Special Issue: Letters between Mothers and Daughters. Women's History Review, 24(4).
  • Caine, B. (2008). Friendship, special issue of the journal Literature and History. Literature and History, 17(1).
  • Caine, B. (2002). La Bella Liberta: Women and the flight to Italy, special issue of the journal Women's Writing. Womens Writing.

Reference Works

  • Caine, B. (2008). Mason, Charlotte Maria Shaw. Oxford Dictionary of National Biography,. Oxford University Press.
  • Caine, B. (2006). Cobbe, Frances Power. In Various (Eds.), Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. Oxford University Press.
  • Caine, B. (2004). Strachey, Philippa (Pippa). Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. Oxford University Press.
  • Caine, B. (2004). Strachey, Rachel Pearsall Conn (Ray). In Various (Eds.), Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. Oxford University Press.

2015

  • Caine, B. (2015). From 'Dearest Mama' to 'Dear Mother': changing styles in early twentieth-century letters from daughters to mothers. Women's History Review, 24(4), 603-620. [More Information]
  • Caine, B. (2015). Introduction: Letters between Mothers and Daughters. Women's History Review, 24(4), 483-489.
  • Caine, B. (2015). Love and Romance in Interwar British Women's Autobiography. In Alana Harris, Timothy Willem Jones (Eds.), Love and Romance in Britain, 1918-1970, (pp. 20-40). Basingstoke, UK: Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Caine, B. (2015). Special Issue: Letters between Mothers and Daughters. Women's History Review, 24(4).

2014

  • Caine, B. (2014). British Feminist Thought. In W.J. Mander (Eds.), The Oxford Handbook of British Philosophy in the Nineteenth Century, (pp. 383-401). Oxford: Oxford University Press.

2013

  • Caine, B. (2013). Biography and the Question of Historical Distance. In M. S. Phillips, B. Caine, and J. A. Thomas (Eds.), Rethinking Historical Distance, (pp. 67-83). Basingstoke, UK: Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Caine, B. (2013). Feminism. In Kerry Powell, Peter Raby (Eds.), Oscar Wilde in Context, (pp. 289-296). Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press.
  • Caine, B. (2013). The making of Catherine Cookson's autobiography. Women's History Review, 22(1), 2-18. [More Information]
  • Caine, B. (2013). The trials and tribulations of a black woman leader: Lilian Ngoyi and the South African liberation struggle. In F. de Haan, M. Allen, J. Purvis and K Daskalova (Eds.), Womens Activism: Global Perspectives from the 1890s to the Present, (pp. 90-105). Oxon, UK: Routledge.

2010

  • Caine, B. (2010). Biography and History. London: Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Caine, B. (2010). Writing Cosmopolitan Lives: Joe and Kwame Anthony Appiah. History Workshop Journal, 70(1), 152-171. [More Information]

2009

  • Caine, B. (2009). Friendship: A History. London: Equinox Publishing Ltd.

2008

  • Caine, B. (2008). 'A South African Revolutionary, but a Lady of the British Empire': Helen Joseph and the Anti-Apartheid Movement. Journal of Southern African Studies, 34(3), 575-590. [More Information]
  • Caine, B. (2008). Bloomsbury Friendship and its Victorian Antecedents. Literature and History, 17(1), 48-61.
  • Caine, B. (2008). Friendship, special issue of the journal Literature and History. Literature and History, 17(1).
  • Caine, B. (2008). Mason, Charlotte Maria Shaw. Oxford Dictionary of National Biography,. Oxford University Press.

2007

  • Horne, J., Sluga, G., Caine, B. (2007). Cosmopolitanism. Its Past and Practices. Dialogue (Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia), 26(3), 79-82.
  • Caine, B. (2007). Elizabeth Cady Stanton, John Stuart Mill, and the nature of feminist thought. In Ellen Carol DuBois and Richard Candida Smith (Eds.), Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Feminist as Thinker: A Reader in Documents and Essays, (pp. 50-65). United States: New York University Press.
  • Caine, B. (2007). Stefan Collini, Virginia Woolf, and the Question of Intellectuals in Britain. Journal of the History of Ideas, 68(3), 369-373.

2006

  • Caine, B. (2006). Cobbe, Frances Power. In Various (Eds.), Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. Oxford University Press.
  • Caine, B. (2006). When Did the Victorian Period End? Questions of Gender and Generation. Journal of Victorian Culture, 11(2), 317-325. [More Information]

2005

  • Caine, B. (2005). A feminist family: The Stracheys and feminism, c. 1860-1950. Women's History Review, 14(3-4), 385-404.
  • Caine, B. (2005). Bombay to Bloomsbury: a Biography of the Strachey family. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • Spongberg, M., Caine, B., Curthoys, A. (2005). Companion to Women's Historical Writing. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Caine, B. (2005). Feminism. In Spongberg, Mary; Curthoys, Ann and Caine, Barbara (Eds.), Companion to Women's Historical Writing. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Caine, B. (2005). Feminist Biography. In Spongberg, Mary; Curthoys, Ann and Caine, Barbara (Eds.), Companion to Women's Historical Writing. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Caine, B. (2005). Marriage and Family Life. In Spongberg, Mary; Curthoys, Ann and Caine, Barbara (Eds.), Companion to Women's Historical Writing. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.

2004

  • Caine, B. (2004). Strachey, Philippa (Pippa). Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. Oxford University Press.
  • Caine, B. (2004). Strachey, Rachel Pearsall Conn (Ray). In Various (Eds.), Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. Oxford University Press.

2002

  • Caine, B. (2002). La Bella Liberta: Women and the flight to Italy, special issue of the journal Women's Writing. Womens Writing.

2000

  • Caine, B., Sluga, G. (2000). Gendering European History: 1780-1920. London, New York: Leicester University Press.

1997

  • Caine, B. (1997). English Feminism, 1780-1980. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

1992

  • Caine, B. (1992). Victorian Feminists. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

1986

  • Caine, B. (1986). Destined to be Wives: The Sisters of Beatrice Webb. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

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