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Professor Katherine Newey

Research interests

  • Women's writing in the Romantic and Victorian periods
  • Nineteenth-century popular theatre in Britain and Australia
  • John Ruskin and the theatre
  • British popular culture of the nineteenth century

Research Projects

I am currently Principal Investigator for a collaborative project with Professor Jeffrey Richards (Lancaster University) and Post-Doctoral Research Fellow, Dr Peter Yeandle: “A Cultural History of English pantomime, 1837 – 1901,” funded by the AHRC.

This follows our earlier collaboration on ‘Ruskinian Theatre: the Aesthetics of the Late Nineteenth-Century Popular Stage,’ also funded by a large grant from the AHRC, and supported by the Ruskin Programme, Lancaster University.

My other ongoing research interests include the work of women playwrights in the Romantic and Victorian periods, and English theatre in the early nineteenth century, particularly in its political dimensions.

I recently gave the opening lecture for the Special Collections exhibition of women's theatre at the Templeman Library, University of Kent at Canterbury.

From 1996-98, I received large grant funding from the Australian Research Council and Research Leave funding from the AHRC for my work on Nineteenth Century Women Playwrights. I have also held fellowships from the Australian Academy of Humanities (1995), the Mellon Foundation, the Harry Ransom Humanities Research Centre, University of Texas (Austin), and the Folger Shakespeare Library (Washington, DC).