Dr Harry Newman

Dr Harry Newman

Lecturer in Shakespeare & Early Mod. Lit

Phone: +44 1784 276423

Personal profile

I joined Royal Holloway in 2015 after lecturing at the University of Kent for two years. My primary research interests are in early modern literature, language & rhetoric, material culture, book history, and the history of medicine. My first book, Impressive Shakespeare: Identity, Authority and the Imprint in Shakespearean Drama, was published by Routledge in 2019. Other recent publications include articles in the journals ShakespeareShakespeare BulletinRenaissance Drama and Lives and Letters, an open-access special issue on “Metatheatre and Early Modern Drama” for Shakespeare Bulletin (co-edited with Sarah Dustagheer, 2018), and book chapters in The Book Trade in Early Modern England: Practices, Perceptions, Connections, ed. John Hinks and Victoria Gardner (Oak Knoll Press/British Library, 2014), and Medical Paratexts, Medieval to Modern: Dissecting the Page, ed. Diane Scott and Hannah Tweed (Palgrave Macmillan, 2018; paperback 2019).

My current book project, The Birth of Character, relocates Shakespeare as a “middle-comer” in a nascent culture of characterological experimentation, made possible by new English genres, institutions and bibliographical forms. I've won fellowships to research the project at the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington D.C. and the Harry Ransom Center at the University of Texas at Austin, and I organised a double-panel session on "Character Beyond Shakespeare" at the 2019 meeting of the Renaissance Society of America in Toronto.

I am particularly interested in supervising PhD projects on Shakespeare and early modern literature that focus on the canon and literary history; character and selfhood; metaphorics; material culture; book history; or the history of medicine.

At present, I teach and lecture on the following modules:

  • EN1106 Shakespeare
  • EN2010 'Love, Honour, Obey': Literature 1525-1670
  • EN3011 Advanced Shakespeare: The Problem Plays
  • EN3125 Character and Selfhood in Early Modern Literature
  • EN3520 Marlowe
  • EN5732 Critical Debate and Creative Response: King Lear and The Tempest (MA in Shakespeare programme)

I also run The Paper Stage, a student and public play-reading society with branches in Surrey, Kent and Mantua, Italy.

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