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Dr Mary Newbould

Dr  Mary Newbould

College Research Associate and Bowman Supervisor in English, Wolfson College, Cambridge

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Research Interests

I work on eighteenth-century literature and visual culture, with a special interest 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 in the initial stages of building a digital database that will broaden access to this material, and enrich understanding of the expanding field of eighteenth-century adaptations and 'afterlives'.

Key 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: 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

'Character or Caricature?: Richard Newton's Illustrations of Laurence Sterne's A Sentimental Journey', Word & Image, 25 (2009), 115-28