Ian Newman

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Assistant Professor of English
Fellow, Keough-Naughton Institute for Irish Studies

Fellow Nanovic Institute for European Studies

Specialties: Eighteenth- and nineteenth-century British and Irish literature and culture

Degrees: BA, MA, University of Cambridge; MA, PhD, University of California Los Angeles

Ian Newman works on literature, song, politics, aesthetics, and urban space across the eighteenth and nineteenth century in Britain and Ireland. He is the author of the book The Romantic Tavern: Literature and Conviviality in the Age of Revolution (Cambridge University Press, 2019), which examines the culture of conviviality that emerged in the second half of the eighteenth-century forming a crucial second phase to the polite public sphere—one marked by intense examination of the relationships between public and private space, self and community, seriousness and pleasure. He is also the co-editor, with Oskar Cox Jensen and David Kennerley of Charles Dibdin & Late Georgian Culture (Oxford University Press, 2018), a collection of essays examining the varied career and legacy of the theater impresario, popular song writer, and author Charles Dibdin. He was the guest editor of a special issue of Studies In Romanticism on "Song and the City" (Winter 2019), to which he also contributed an introduction co-written with Gillian Russell.
He has been a visiting scholar in the music department at King’s College London for the project “Music in London 1800-1851,” and a resident associate at the National Humanities Center. He has been a frequent contributor to the research group Sociabilités/Sociability du long dix-huitième siècle (1650-1850) and is a board member of the Nineteenth-century Experimental Song Collective. He is the author of the online project www.1790salehouse.com,  and is a founding editor of the Keats Letters Project.  He currently serves as the reviews editor for Studies In Romanticism. His recent research focuses on the relationship between popular song, theatre song, and ballads, and their transmission and circulation across the eighteenth- and nineteenth-centuries. He is  currently editing Charles Macklin and the Practice of Enlightenment for Liverpool University Press (forthcoming in 2020) with David O'Shaughnessy, and is working on a book project Song Stories: The Ballad and Its Narrators.

Recent Publications

  • “Metropolitan Songs and Songsters: Ephemerality in the World City” co-authored with Gillian Russell  Studies in Romanticism 58.4 (Winter 2019): 429-449
  • “The Anti-Social Convivialist: Toasting and the Resistance to Sociability” in A History of Sociability in Britain (1660-1832): Emergence, Evolution, Resistance ed. Valérie Capdeville and Alain Kerhervé (Boydell & Brewer, 2019)
  • The Romantic Tavern: Literature and Conviviality in the Age of Revolution (Cambridge University Press, 2019)
  • “Introducing Mr. Dibdin” in Charles Dibdin and Late Georgian Culture ed. Oskar Cox Jensen, David Kennerley, and Ian Newman, (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2018)
  • “Moderation in the Lyrical Ballads: Wordsworth and the Ballad Debates of the 1790s” Studies in Romanticism 55.2 (Summer 2016): 185-210.
  • Civilizing Taste: ‘Sandman Joe,’ the Bawdy Ballad and Metropolitan Improvement,” Eighteenth-Century Studies, 48.4 (Summer 2015): 437-456.
  • "Edmund Burke in the Tavern," in European Romantic Review, 24.2 (April 2013): 125-148.
  • "Language and Landscape in Thomas Holcroft’s Anna St. Ives," in Re-Viewing Thomas Holcroft 1745–1809: Essays on His Works and Life ed. Miriam L. Wallace and A. A. Markley, Ashgate, 2012, 121-132.
  • "Property, History, and Identity in Defoe's Captain Singleton," in Studies in English Literature, 51.3 (Spring 2011): 565-583.



Contact Information
212 Decio Faculty Hall
(574) 463-7092
Personal website: http://www3.nd.edu/~inewman/

Mailing Address
Department of English
233 Decio Hall
Notre Dame, IN 46556