Professor Batten's work focuses on Irish literature and poetry. She is completing a book on states of emergency, the ethics of violence, and sexual difference in the poetry of English Romanticism and modern Ireland.
Professor Batten is the author of The Orphaned Imagination: Melancholy and Commodity Culture in English Romanticism(1998), and she is a co-editor of Romantic Generations: Essays in Honor of Robert F. Gleckner (2001). Recently she has been involved in three Cambridge University Press projects associated with Irish Poetry. She is co-editor, with Dillon Johnston, of the section "Irish Poetry in English, 1945 to the Present" for the Cambridge History of Irish Literature and a contributor to The Cambridge Companion to Contemporary Irish Poetry (published Sept. 2003) and The Cambridge Companion to the Poetry of Seamus Heaney (Fall 2008). With the support of a Fulbright award to Ireland in fall 2008, she is completing a book on states of emergency, the ethics of violence, and sexual difference in the poetry of English Romanticism and modern Ireland. She will also complete contributions for two Blackwell projects, a companion to the study of English Romantic poetry and a two-volume history of Irish literature. Formerly the manager and editor of Wake Forest University Press (the major publisher of Irish poetry in North America), she selected, edited, and wrote an Afterword for the North American edition of Medbh McGuckian's, The Soldiers of Year II (2002).