Department of English, College of LAS, University of Illinois

Lori Humphrey Newcomb

Director of Undergraduate Studies, Associate Professor of English and Gender and Women's Studies

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  • Spring 2012: Wed. 2:00 to 4:00 and by appointment


Ph.D. (English), Duke University; B.A. (British Studies), Yale College.

Research Interests

Early modern prose fiction and drama; popular print culture; theories of representation, performance, and difference

Selected Publications


Book Contributions

  • "Gendering Prose Romance in Renaissance England." A Companion to Romance: From Classical to Contemporary. Ed. Corinne V. Saunders. Oxford: Blackwell , 2004. 121-39.
  • "The Sources of Romance, the Generation of Story, and the Patterns of the Pericles Tales." Staging Early Modern Romance: Prose Fiction, Dramatic Romance, and Shakespeare. NY and London: Routledge, 2009. 21-46.
  • "A Looking Glass for Readers: Cheap Print and the Senses of Repentance." Writing Robert Greene. Ed. Kirk Melnikoff and Edward Gieskes. Aldershot: Ashgate, 2008. 133-56.
  • "The Romance of Service: the Simple History of "Pandosto"'s Servant Readers." Framing Elizabethan Fictions. Ed. Constance C. Relihan. Kent, OH: Kent State University Press, 1996. 117-40.
  • "Unfolding the Shepherdess: A Revision of Pastoral." Prose Fiction and Early Modern Sexualities. Ed. Constance C. Relihan and Goran V. Stanivukovic. Houndmills: Palgrave Macmillan, 2003. 235-55.
  • "Monumental Bodies, Spectacular Bodies in "The Winter's Tale"." Ovid and the Renaissance Body. Ed. Goran V. Stanivukovic. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2001. 239-59.
  • "Prose Fiction." The Cambridge Companion to Early Modern Women's Writing. Ed. Laura L. Knoppers. Cambridge: Cambridge, 2009. 272-85.
  • "What is a Chapbook?." Literature and Popular Culture in Early Modern England. Ed. Matthew Dimmock and Andrew Hadfield. Aldershot: Ashgate, 2009. 57-73.
  • ""Chapbooks"." Oxford History of Popular Print Culture, vol. 1. Cheap Print in Britain and Ireland to 1660. Oxford: Oxford , 2011. 471-90.
  • "Romance." Oxford History of Popular Print Culture, vol. 1. Cheap Print in Britain and Ireland to 1660 . Ed. Joad Raymond. Oxford: Oxford, 2011. 363-76.

Journal Articles

  • "Literary Restoration: Francis Kirkman and the Canons of Pre-War Drama and Romance." Analytic and Enumerative Bibliography 12.3-4 (2001): 229-40.
  • "Social Things: The Production of Popular Culture in the Reception of Robert Greene's Pandosto." ELH 61.4 (1994): 753-81.

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