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Beth Newman

Associate Professor

Ph.D., Cornell University

Newman2Beth Newman focuses on Victorian literature, and also teaches fiction, poetry, and feminist theory. She has published on works by Charlotte Brontë, Emily Brontë, Algernon Charles Swinburne, Alice Meynell, Henry James, and other nineteenth-century novelists, as well as on James Joyce’s Ulysses and on language and class in the nineteenth century. She has recently begun working on the relationship between secularism and nineteenth-century literature.





Courses taught

  • Victorian Gender
  • Gender at the Fin de Siècle
  • The Brontës
  • Feminist Theory
  • Poetry
  • Fiction
  • Secularism and Postsecularism in Literary Studies
  • Victorian Multi-Plot Novel


  • Outstanding Faculty Partner Award, given by SMU Division of Student Affairs, 2013
  • SMU Godbey Lecture Series Authors’ Award for an Outstanding Book (SMU, 2005, for Subjects on Display)
  • SMU Academy of Distinguished Teachers, 2002-2004.
  • William Riley Parker Prize for an Outstanding Article in PMLA for “‘The Situation of the Looker-On’: Gender, Narration and Gaze in Wuthering Heights,” PMLA, October 1990.

Publications (selected)

  • “‘So Much Too Little’: Alice Meynell, Walter Pater, and the Question of Influence.” In Joseph Bristow, ed., Extraordinary Aesthetes (Toronto: U of Toronto Press), forthcoming.
  • “Swinburne among the Hexametrists,” Victorian Poetry 54:2 (Summer 2016), 221-242.
  • Jane Eyre (by Charlotte Brontë). Bedford Books, 2014 (2nd edition).
  • Wuthering Heights (by Emily Brontë). Broadview Press, 2007.
  • Subjects on Display: Psychoanalysis, Social Expectation, and Victorian Femininity (Ohio University Press, 2004).