Dr Mary Newbould, Wolfson



Biographical Information

I've supervised and directed studies at various Cambridge colleges for several years. I mainly teach literature of the long eighteenth century; I also lecture on Shakespeare and Modern Prose at the Faculty of Education, and run summer courses on eighteenth-century literature and visual culture and on Jane Austen for the Pembroke-King's Programme. I'm an editor of Sterne journal The Shandean, and regularly contribute reviews 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 sentimental fiction to typography, book illustration and graphic satire. I'm 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. The principal focus of my work on eighteenth-century 'afterlives' is Laurence Sterne, whose reception in Britain and beyond can be gauged by exploring Sterneana: the numerous and varied adaptations his writing has inspired from 1760 to the present day in text, image, and performance. I'm currently working on a project that investigates eighteenth-century notions of 'criticism', 'genius', and 'humour' as routed through comic travel anti-narratives. 

Selected Publications

  • ‘“Contact Incarnate” and “Touching Fiction” in Laurence Sterne and Sterneana’, in Defining and Redefining Space in the English-Speaking World: Contacts, Frictions, Clashes, ed. Fanny Moghaddassi, Ghislain Potriquet and Anne Bandry-Scubbi (Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars, 2016), pp. 167-82
  • The Rape of the Whisker and Fuzwhiskiana: Re-grooming Pope’s Rape of the Lock in early nineteenth-century Cambridge’, Philological Quarterly, 95.1 (2016), 125-48
  • With Helen Williams and Siv Gøril Brandtzæg, ‘Advertising Sterne’s Novels in Eighteenth-Century Newspapers’, The Shandean, 27 (2016), 27-57
  • ‘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, 2015), pp. 133-52
  • Adaptations of Laurence Sterne’s Fiction: Sterneana, 1760-1840 (Burlington and Aldershot: 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 (Newcastle: 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