Jessica Cox is an academic in the Department of Arts and Humanities at Brunel University, London. She has worked on the Victorian period for many years, publishing books on Charlotte Brontë and Victorian popular fiction. Following the births of her children, she became increasingly interested in women’s experience of maternity in the nineteenth century. She has discussed the history of pregnancy and breastfeeding in several articles and on radio, and is currently writing a book on the maternal body in nineteenth-century Britain, focusing on women’s lived experiences of pregnancy, childbirth, and infant care.
Her book by Confinement will be published by The History Press in June 2023.