Beth Newman

Beth Newman portrait

Associate Professor
Director of Undergraduate Studies


Office: DH 257
Phone: 214-768-2955
Email: bnewman[@]

Educational Background

Ph.D., Cornell University


Beth 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 19th-century novelists, as well as on James Joyce’s Ulysses, and on language and class in the 19th century. She has recently begun working on the relationship between secularism and 19th-century literature.

Awards and Distinctions

  • 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

Selected Publications

  • “‘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).

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