Lori Humphrey Newcomb

Associate Professor of English


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

Research Interests

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


Drama, Fiction, Film/Visual Culture, Gender/Sexuality Studies, Seventeenth Century, Sixteenth Century, Performance Studies, Theory & Criticism, Women's Literature

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  • Reading Popular Romance in Early Modern England. NY: Columbia University Press, 2002.

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Book Contributions

  • "Toward a Sustainable Source Study." Toward a New Source Study. Ed. Dennis Britton and Melissa Walker. Forthcoming: Routledge, 2018.
  • "Cross-section: 1596-1600." Prose Fiction from the Origins of Print to 1750. Ed. Thomas Keymer. Volume 1 of The Oxford History of the Novel in English. General Editor Patrick Parrinder. New York: Oxford University Press, 2017. 55-72.
  • "Audiences." The World’s Shakespeare, 1660 to the Present. Volume 2 of The Cambridge Guide to the Worlds of Shakespeare. Ed. Bruce R. Smith. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2016. 1483-1493 .
  • "’The Law Against Lovers’: Dramatizing Civil Union in Restoration England." Gender Matters: Discourses of Violence in Early Modern Literature and the Arts. Ed. Mara R. Wade. Amsterdam and New York: Rodopi, 2014. 173-94.
  • "Chapbooks." Cheap Print in Britain and Ireland to 1660. Vol. 1 of the Oxford History of Popular Print Culture. Ed. Joad Raymond. Oxford: Oxford, 2011. 471-90.
  • "Romance." Cheap Print in Britain and Ireland to 1660. Vol. 1 of the Oxford History of Popular Print Culture. Ed. Joad Raymond. Oxford: Oxford, 2011. 363-76.
  • "Social Things." Robert Greene. University Wits Series. Ed. Kirk Melnikoff. Aldershot: Ashgate, 2011. 145-73.
  • "What is a Chapbook?." Literature and Popular Culture in Early Modern England. Ed. Matthew Dimmock and Andrew Hadfield. Aldershot: Ashgate, 2009. 57-73.
  • "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. Ed. Valerie Wayne. NY and London: Routledge, 2009. 21-46.
  • "Prose Fiction." The Cambridge Companion to Early Modern Women's Writing. Ed. Laura L. Knoppers. Cambridge: Cambridge, 2009. 272-85.
  • "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.
  • "Gendering Prose Romance in Renaissance England." A Companion to Romance: From Classical to Contemporary. Ed. Corinne V. Saunders. Oxford: Blackwell , 2004. 121-39.
  • "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.
  • "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.

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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