I am an associate professor in the English Department at Temple University, specializing in English and Scottish literature during what scholars now refer to as the Long Eighteenth Century (1660-1832), which includes the Restoration, the eighteenth century, and the Romantic era. I am also interested in the state of the academy and the value of the humanities, organizing academic labor, community-based learning, and the literature of Philadelphia. These interests all figure into my current book project, which as its working title Time for the Humanities: Competing Narratives of Value from the Scottish Enlightenment to the 21st Century Academy. A pre-history of sorts to the story of value I attempt to narrate there can be found in an article recently published in The Scottish Literary Review, Spring/Summer 2012 "Second-Sighted Scot: Allan Ramsay and the South Sea Bubble." Many of my scholarly interests coalesced in Ballad Collection, Lyric, and the Canon: The Call of the Popular from The Restoration to the New Criticism (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2007). Focusing on the motives behind and the effects of the sustained interest by elite British writers in popular songs, it revises historicist accounts of the establishment of what we know now as the canon of English literature. Since the publication of my book, I have continued to work on the relationship between elite literature and popular song during the Long Eighteenth Century, contributing to The Edinburgh Companion to Scottish Romanticism(Edinburgh University Press, 2011) and Ballads and Broadsides in Britain, 1500-1800 (Ashgate, 2010), among other texts. I have also built on prior work on Shakespeare and popular song as a contributor to two volumes, one in The Cambridge World Shakespeare Encyclopedia (Cambridge University Press, forthcoming) and The Oxford Companion to Shakespeare's Poetry (Oxford University Press, 2013). I am also in the early stages of a digital humanities project on The Beggar’s Opera and in planning a 2017 conference in Philadelphia, “Robert Burns and Vernacular Poetics.”
I teach a variety of courses in the department, from the gateway course for English majors to advanced graduate seminars, including one on Scottish Romanticism. Along with Dan O’Hara, I am currently developing a General Education course, “What is Literature Good For.” In the Summer of 2013, I established a study abroad program in London, “Literature and the City”; it is slated to run again in Summer 2015 and, I hope, in the summers thereafter. I have won teaching awards from the College of Liberal Arts, Temple (The Lindback Award), the American Society for Eighteenth Century Studies, and the National Society of Collegiate Scholars.
CV: Dr.Steve Newman
“‘Fear We Broadsides?’: Oral Tradition and Discovering the Broadside Ballad,”
The Cambridge Guide to the Worlds of Shakespeare, gen. ed. Bruce R. Smith,
(forthcoming, Cambridge University Press, 2014)
“Shakespeare’s Popular Songs and The Great Temptations of Lesser Lyric,”
The Oxford Handbook to Shakespeare’s Poetry, ed. Jonathan Post
(Oxford University Press, 2013), 265-81.
“Doing Genre” (co-authored as part of “Group Phi”), New Formalisms and
Literary Theory, ed. Verena Theile and Linda Tredennick, foreword by
Heather Dubrow (Palgrave MacMillan, 2013), 54-68.
“‘The Dramatic Situation’ and ‘The Imagined Community’: Tales of the Ballad from
Philology to the New Criticism and Beyond,” eds. Joseph Harris and Barbara
Hillers, Child’s Children: Ballad Study and Its Legacies (Wissenschafter
Verlag Trier, 2012), 56-68.
“Second-Sighted Scot: Allan Ramsay and the South Sea Bubble,”
The Scottish Literary Review, Spring/Summer 2012 (4:1): 18-33.