Dr Mary Newbould, Wolfson



Biographical Information

I am a College Research Associate and the Bowman Supervisor in English at Wolfson College, having worked as a Supervisor and Director of Studies at various Cambridge colleges for several years. I am an Editor of international Sterne journal The Shandean, and regularly contribute reviews of eighteenth-century publications to The Scriblerian.

The Shandean

Research Interests

My research and teaching interests sprawl across eighteenth-century literature and visual culture, from satirical poetry, prose fiction, drama, travel writing and sentimentalism to typography, book illustration and graphic satire. I am particularly interested in how parody and adaptation allow creative material to shift between genres, art-forms and languages (mainly French) within the literary and historical contexts of its appearance. My principal focus is Laurence Sterne, and how his reception in Britain and beyond can be gauged by exploring Sterneana: the numerous and varied adaptations his work has inspired from 1760 to the present day in text, image, and performance. I'm currently building a digital database that will broaden access to this material, and enrich understanding of the expanding field of eighteenth-century adaptations and 'afterlives'.

Selected Publications

  • 'Wit and Humour for the Heart of Sensibility: The Beauties of Fielding and Sterne', in The Afterlives of Eighteenth-Century Fiction, ed. Daniel Cook and Nicholas Seager (Cambridge University Press, 2014)
  • Adaptations of Laurence Sterne’s Fiction: Sterneana, 1760-1840 (Ashgate, 2013)
  • '"Illustrating" A Sentimental Journey: The "first annotated edition" of 1803?', Sterne Tercentenary Conference Proceedings, The Shandean, 24 (2013), 103-24
  • ‘A “new order of beings and things”: Caricature in Sterne’s Fictional Worlds’, in Hilarion’s Asse: Laurence Sterne and Humour, ed. Anne Bandry-Scubbi and Peter de Voogd (Cambridge Scholars, 2013), pp. 37-52
  • ‘“The utmost fluidity exists with the utmost permanence”: Virginia Woolf’s un-Victorian Sterne’, Woolf Studies Annual, 16 (2010), 71-94
  • ‘Fly-on-the-wall: Toby’s Fly and Parasitic Parody’, The Shandean, 21 (2010), 103-24
  • ‘Character or Caricature? Richard Newton’s Illustrations of Laurence Sterne’s A Sentimental Journey’, Word & Image, 25 (2009), 115-128