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Michael Newton

University Lecturer

Name
Dr. M.S. Newton
Telephone
+31 71 527 2165
E-mail
m.newton@hum.leidenuniv.nl
ORCID iD
0000-0002-5292-3267

Michael Newton is a University Lecturer at the Leiden University Centre for the Arts in Society.

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Fields of interest

I am a cultural historian, film critic, literary critic, editor and essayist, with a strong interest in our engagement with ‘the fantastic’, whether in art or in life. I am the author of two books of cultural history, Savage Girls and Wild Boys: A History of Feral Children (Faber & Faber, 2002; Picador USA, 2004) and Age of Assassins: A History of Conspiracy and Political Violence, 1865-1981 (Faber, 2012). On film, I have written Show People: A History of the Film Star (Reaktion, 2019) and two books for the British Film Institute’s Film Classics series, one on Kind Hearts and Coronets (2003) and one on Rosemary’s Baby (2020). I have edited Edmund Gosse’s Father and Son (2004) and Victorian Fairy Tales (2015) for Oxford World’s Classics (2004), and Joseph Conrad’s The Secret Agent (2007) and The Penguin Book of Ghost Stories: From Elizabeth Gaskell to Ambrose Bierce (2010) for Penguin Classics. With Evert Jan van Leeuwen, I have edited Haunted Europe (Routledge 2019), a book of critical essays on how Britain has imagined Europe as a Gothic space.

 

Research

I am presently editing an anthology of Victorian and Edwardian science fiction stories, and writing a cultural history, Blithe Spirits and Demon Lovers: A History of Hauntings, Visitations and Other Encounters with the Supernatural World, both for Oxford University Press.

 

Curriculum Vitae

I was both an undergraduate and postgraduate in the English Department at University College London. From 1994-95, I was a visiting research fellow at Harvard University. In 1996, I was awarded a PhD for The Child of Nature: The Feral Child and the State of Nature; my supervisor was Professor Philip Horne, and the examiners were Professors Roy Porter and Tony Tanner. In London, between 1992 and 2003, I taught on a part-time or temporary full-time basis in the English Departments at UCL and Roehampton University, in the Cultural Studies Department at Central Saint Martins College, and also taught the Junior Seminar for Princeton University’s Study Abroad Programme at UCL. In 2003-4, I was a visiting lecturer at the Department of English at Princeton University. From 2004-6, I was a freelance writer, based in Berlin. I have been teaching English literature and film at Leiden University since 2006.

In addition to my academic writing, I co-wrote and co-edited The Movie Book (Phaidon Press, 1999), was a theatre reviewer for What’s On Magazine, wrote interviews for Arts International, and have written reviews and articles for The Guardian, Times Literary Supplement, Times Higher Education Supplement, Poetry Review, The New Statesman, and London Review of Books. In 1992, I was awarded the Fabian Society’s Webb Essay Prize, and in 2010 I won the Royal Society of Literature’s V. S. Pritchett Short Story Prize.

 

Teaching activities

At Leiden I am responsible for the teaching of nineteenth and early twentieth-century literature in English, and also a course introducing Anglo-American film. I have also strong teaching interests in prose fiction from the 1840s to the 1950s, in British and American film, and in Shakespeare. I have convened MA courses on:

  • London in Literature and Film, 1800-2000
  • Gothic Fictions from Poe to David Lynch
  • An Introduction to Comedy
  • The Short Story in English, 1870-1970
  • The Literature of the Fantastic, 1880-1980
  • Alfred Hitchcock

 

Key Publications

Monographs

  • October 2012: Age of Assassins: A History of Assassination in Europe and America, 1865-1981 (London: Faber and Faber)(726 pages). (Paperback edition due out in September 2013.)
  • August 2003: Kind Hearts and Coronets (in the BFI Film Classics series) (London: BFI Publishing) (87 pages).
  • February 2002: Savage Girls and Wild Boys: A History of Feral Children (London: Faber and Faber); British paperback edition (2003); American hardback edition, St Martin’s Press (2003); paperback edition, Picador USA (2004); German edition, Magnus Verlag (2005); Korean edition, Jung Sim (2003); Latin American edition, Editorial Oceano (2004). (284 pages)

Selected edited books

  • February 2010: The Penguin Book of Ghost Stories: From Elizabeth Gaskell to Ambrose Bierce (London: Penguin) (introduction, selection, notes on the texts, chronology, glossary, endnotes).
  • August 2007: Joseph Conrad, The Secret Agent for Penguin Classics (London: Penguin) (introduction, note on the text, appendix, endnotes)

Selected scholarly articles

  • Autumn 2013: ‘“Nihilists of Castlebar!” Exporting Russian Nihilism in the 1880s and the Case of Oscar Wilde’s Vera, or the Nihilists’, in RussiainBritain,1880-1940: From Melodrama to Modernism, eds. Rebecca Beasley and Philip Bullock (Oxford: Oxford University Press). (10,000 words)
  • June 2010: An essay on ‘Lodging’ in film and literature for Restless Cities, eds. Matthew Beaumont and Gregory Dart) (London: Verso), pp. 173-190. (Other contributors include Rachel Bowlby, Geoff Dyer, Iain Sinclair, Marshall Berman and David Trotter.)

 

Other publications
I write essay reviews on film and literature for The Guardian, and on occasion for the London Review of Books. In the past, I reviewed regularly for the Times Literary Supplement, and very occasionally for the Times Higher Education Supplement. I have also written an essay on assassination for the New Statesman and various interviews with figures from the arts for Arts International

University Lecturer

  • Faculty of Humanities
  • Centre for the Arts in Society
  • Moderne Engelstalige letterkunde

Work address

Arsenaal
Arsenaalstraat 1
2311 CT Leiden
Room number B1.22

Contact

  • Newton M.S. (2020), Rosemary's Baby. London: Bloomsbury. book
  • Newton M.S. (2019), Show People: A History of the Film Star. London: Reaktion. book
  • Newton M.S. & Leeuwen E.J van (2019), Introduction. In: Newton M.S., Leeuwen E.J. van (Eds.) Haunted Europe: Continental Connections in English-Language Gothic Writing, Film and New Media. New York: Routledge. 1-16. book chapter
  • Newton M.S. (2019), Show People: A History of the Film Star. London: Reaktion. book
  • Newton M.S. & Leeuwen E.J. van (Eds.) (2019), Haunted Europe: Continental Connections in English-Language Gothic Writing, Film and New Media. New York: Routledge. editorship of book
  • Newton M.S. (2019), Haunted Hotels and Murder Inns: Travelers' Tales from Europe and the Gothic Short Story from the 1820s to the 1940s. In: Newton M.S., Van Leeuwen E.J. (Eds.) Haunted Europe: Continental Connections in English-Language Gothic Writing, Film and New Media. New York: Routledge. 88-106. book chapter
  • Newton M.S. (2019), "Look Into The Dark": a Ghost Story for Christmas on the Continent: An Interview with Leslie Megahey, Director of Schalcken the Painter. In: Newton M.S., Leeuwen E.J. van (Eds.) Haunted Europe: Continental Connections in English-Language Gothic Writing, Film and New Media. New York: Routledge. 157-170. book chapter
  • Newton M.S. (1 May 2017), Cults, Human Sacrifice and Pagan Sex: How Folk Horror is Flowering Again in Brexit Britain. The Guardian, G2: 7-8. article in magazine/newspaper
  • Newton M.S. (2017), The Atavistic Nightmare: Memory and Recapitulation in Jack London's Ghost and Fantasy Stories. In: Jay Williams (Ed.) The Oxford Handbook of Jack London. Oxford: Oxford University Place. 239-258. book chapter
  • Newton M.S. (2017), The Atavistic Nightmare: Memory and Recapitulation in Jack London's Ghost and Fantasy Stories. In: Williams J. (Ed.) Oxford Handbook of Jack London. Oxford: Oxford University Press. 239-258. book chapter
  • Newton M.S. (11 November 2016), Officer and a Gentleman: How Sidney Poitier United a Divided America. The Guardian, Saturday Review: 16. article in magazine/newspaper
  • Newton M.S. (16 September 2016), 'Star Trek' At 50. The Guardian: 16. article in magazine/newspaper
  • Newton M.S. (2016), Review of: Lindop G. (2015) Charles Williams: The Third Inkling, 38(17): 29-30. book review
  • Newton M.S. (12 August 2016), '"First Light" Review - A Celebration of Alan Garner. The Guardian, Saturday Review: 16. article in magazine/newspaper
  • Newton M.S. (29 July 2016), Barry Lyndon: Kubrick's Vision of a Compromised Life. The Guardian, Saturday Review: 16. article in magazine/newspaper
  • Newton M.S. (3 June 2016), What Steven Spielberg's Science Fiction Tells Us About America. The Guardian, Saturday Review: 16. article in magazine/newspaper
  • Newton M.S. (6 May 2016), Lonely Rangers: The Dark Side of Westerns. The Guardian, Saturday Review: 16. article in magazine/newspaper
  • Newton M.S. (2016), The Thrill of It All: a review of Roger Luckhurst, 'Zombies: A Cultural History' Review of: Luckhurst R. (2015) Zombies: A Cultural History, 38(4): 27-28. book review
  • Newton M.S. (8 January 2016), Jean-Luc Godard: The Artist and His Muse. The Guardian: 16. article in magazine/newspaper
  • Newton M.S. (2016), Four Notes on Aspects of Joseph Conrad's The Secret Agent' in 'The Secret Agent' (Norton Critical Edition) (ed. David Rinaldi) (New York: W. W. Norton, 2016): 363-379. book chapter
  • Newton M.S. (2016), Four Notes on Aspects of Joseph Conrad’s The Secret Agent. In: Niland R. (Ed.) Joseph Conrad: The Secret Agent. New York and London: Norton. 363-379. book chapter
  • Newton M.S. (2016), Paper on haunted hotels at 'Haunted Europe' conference, at Leiden University (June 2016). conference paper
  • Newton M.S. (2016), review of Grevel Lindop, 'Charles Williams' in London Review of Books, 8 September 2016. article in magazine/newspaper
  • Newton M.S. (2016), review of Rogert Luckhurst, 'Zombies: A Cultural History' in London Review of Books, 18 February 2016. article in magazine/newspaper
  • Newton M.S. (2016), Review of 'The Oxford Companion to Fairy Tales', ed. Jack Zipes, in 'Modern Language Review', Vol. III, Part 4 (Modern Humanities Research Association' (October 2016): 1118-1119. . book review
  • Newton M.S. (19 December 2015), Bah, Humbug!: The Many Faces of Scrooge. The Guardian, Review: 16. article in magazine/newspaper
  • Newton M.S. (13 November 2015), Loved But Not Lost: David Lean's 'Brief Encounter' and 'Dr Zhivago'. The Guardian, Review: 16-17. article in magazine/newspaper
  • Newton M.S. (31 October 2015), Haunted Half-Hours: How the BBC made Christmas creepy. The Guardian, Review: 16. article in magazine/newspaper
  • Newton M.S. (8 August 2015), Why Vittorio di Sica is one of Europe's greatest tragic film-makers. The Guardian, Review: 16-17. article in magazine/newspaper
  • Newton M.S. (15 May 2015), Fellini. The Guardian, Review: 16-17. article in magazine/newspaper
  • Newton M.S. (4 April 2015), 'Away With The Fairies': Fairy Tale Films. The Guardian, Review: 16-17. article in magazine/newspaper
  • Newton M.S. (Ed.) (2015), Victorian Fairy Tales. Oxford: Oxford University Press. editorship of book
  • Newton M.S. (14 March 2015), 'Like Tears in Rain': On 'Blade Runner'. The Guardian, Review: 16. article in magazine/newspaper
  • Newton M.S. (Ed.) (2015), Victorian Fairy Tales. Oxford: Oxford University Press. editorship of book
  • Newton M.S. (19 February 2015), 'Where Am I In All This'. Review of Marius Kotowksi, 'Pola Negri'. London Review of Books: 33-34. article in magazine/newspaper
  • Newton M.S. (15 February 2015), Article on Polan Negri. London Review of Books. article in magazine/newspaper
  • Newton M.S. (2015), Discussing Victorian Fairytales at an event at the Edinburgh Literature Festival. (Lecture). other
  • Newton M.S. (2015), How Orson Welles Shattered His Hollywood Image. The Guardian, Culture - Film. article in magazine/newspaper
  • Newton M.S. (2015), Main interviewee for an episode of 'Animal People' (on feral children) for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, broadcast on 6 September 2015. [interview]. television or radio interview
  • Newton M. S. (2015), Paper on children in Edwardian ghost stories at the Edwardian Culture Network's 'Enchanted Edwardians' conference at Bristol University (March 2015). conference paper
  • Newton M.S. (26 December 2014), 'Eric Rohmer'. The Guardian, Culture: 16. article in magazine/newspaper
  • Newton M.S. (17 October 2014), 'Growing Up With Science Fiction'. The Guardian, Culture: 16. article in magazine/newspaper
  • Newton M.S. (12 September 2014), 'Peter Lorre: Master of the Macabre'. The Guardian, Culture: 16. article in magazine/newspaper
  • Newton M.S. (18 July 2014), 'Some Like It Hot'. The Guardian, Culture: 16. article in magazine/newspaper
  • Newton M.S. (28 June 2014), 'The Glorious Folly of Dance on Film'. The Guardian, Culture: 16. article in magazine/newspaper
  • Newton M.S. (30 May 2014), 'Under the Skin of Dennis Potter'. The Guardian, Culture: 16. article in magazine/newspaper
  • Newton M.S. (7 February 2014), 'Paranoid Celluloid: Conspiracy on Film'. The Guardian, Culture: 16. article in magazine/newspaper
  • Newton M.S. (2014), Paper on ghosts and night terrors at the Sights and Frights: Victorian Visual Culture Conference at Sussex University (June 2014). conference paper
  • Newton M.S. (26 December 2013), 'The Innocents: Angels and Demons'. The Guardian, Culture: 16. article in magazine/newspaper
  • Newton M.S. (13 December 2013), 'Charade: The Last Sparkle of Hollywood'. The Guardian, Culture: 16. article in magazine/newspaper
  • Newton M.S. (22 November 2013), 'Vivien Leigh: A Life on Screen'. The Guardian, Culture: 16. article in magazine/newspaper
  • Newton M.S. (26 October 2013), 'The Devil's Work: Gothic Film'. The Guardian, Culture: 16. article in magazine/newspaper
  • Newton M.S. (2013), ‘“Nihilists of Castlebar!” Exporting Russian Nihilism in the 1880s and the Case of Oscar Wilde’s Vera, or the Nihilists’. In: Beasley R., Bullock P.R. (Eds.) Russia in Britain, 1880-1940: From Melodrama to Modernism. Oxford: Oxford University Press. 35-52. book chapter
  • Newton M.S. (27 July 2013), HOLY FOOLS: The Films of the Boulting Brothers. The Guardian: 12-13. article in magazine/newspaper
  • Newton M.S. (2 June 2013), WERNER HERZOG. The Guardian: 16-17. article in magazine/newspaper
  • Newton M.S. (18 April 2013), MR CAPRA GOES TO HOLLYWOOD [interview]. television or radio interview
  • Newton M.S. (19 January 2013), "A Feeling For Crime - On G. K. Chesterton's 'Father Brown' Stories". The Guardian: 20-20. article in magazine/newspaper
  • Newton M.S. (2013), Feral and Wild Children', in 'Oxford Bibliographies Online: Childhood Studies' (New York: Oxford University Press. 2013): 1-26. [entry in reference work]. other
  • Newton M.S. (2013), Lecture and seminar on conspiracy theory at Wolfson College, Cambridge (May 2013). (Lecture). other
  • Newton M.S. (2013), Main interviewee for 'Mr Capra Goes to Hollywood', produced by Eleanor McDowall, for Falling Tree Productions, broadcast on BBC Radio Four on 18 April, 2013. [interview]. television or radio interview
  • Newton M.S. (2013), Nihilists of Castlebar!Exporting Russian Nihilism in the 1880s and the Case of Oscar Wilde's Vera, or the Nihilists', in Russia in Britain, 1880-1940 (eds. Rebecca Beasley and Philip Bullock) (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2013): 35-52. book chapter
  • Newton M.S. (9 November 2012), 'The Assassin's Creed'. New Statesman: 26-30. article in magazine/newspaper
  • Newton M.S. (8 November 2012), "What A Ghost Wants - Review of Laurent Binet, 'HHhH'". London Review of Books. article in magazine/newspaper
  • Newton M.S. (27 October 2012), 'The Natural History of Ghosts'. The Guardian: 9-9. article in magazine/newspaper
  • Newton M.S. (6 October 2012), 'Natural Born Killers: The Assassin on Film'. The Guardian: 16-17. article in magazine/newspaper
  • Newton M.S. (19 May 2012), 'Articles of Faith: Review of "The Expo Files" by Stieg Larsson. The Guardian: 9-9. article in magazine/newspaper
  • Newton M.S. (21 April 2012), A Better World: The Films of Whit Stillman. The Guardian: 16-17. article in magazine/newspaper
  • Newton M.S. (13 January 2012), Article on Woody Allen. The Guardian. article in magazine/newspaper
  • Newton M.S. (2012), Age of Assassins: A History of Conspiracy and Political Violece (London: Faber & Faber, 2012, paperback 2013). book
  • Newton M.S. (2012), Age of Assassins: A History of Conspiracy and Political Violence, 1865-1981. London: Faber & Faber. book
  • Newton M.S. (2012), Feral and 'Wild' Children. In: Oxford Bibliographies Online in Childhood Studies. New York: Oxford University Press. 1-26. book chapter
  • Newton M.S. (2012), Review of Laurent Binet, 'Hhhh' in London Review Of Books, 8 November 2012. article in magazine/newspaper
  • Newton M.S. (2012), Review of Roger Clarke, A Natural History of Ghosts in The Guardian, 26 Oct 2012. The Guardian. article in magazine/newspaper
  • Newton M.S. (2012), Review of Stieg Larson, The Expo Files, in The Guardian, 18 May 2012. article in magazine/newspaper
  • Newton M.S. (2012), The Assassin's Creed' in 'The New Statesman', 9-15 November 2012, pp. 26-30, . article in magazine/newspaper
  • Newton M.S. (7 October 2011), 'Loitering In Neverland: J. M. Barrie and Peter Pan. The Guardian: 16-17. article in magazine/newspaper
  • Newton M.S. (2 July 2011), Act of Creation: The Films of Terrence Malick. The Guardian: 16-17. article in magazine/newspaper
  • Newton M.S. (19 February 2011), 'Growing Backwards into Childhood: The Films of Francois Truffaut'. The Guardian: 16-16. article in magazine/newspaper
  • Newton M.S. (18 December 2010), 'Honest to Goodness': The Films of Frank Capra. The Guardian: 14-15. article in magazine/newspaper
  • Newton M.S. (2010), 'The Premises': winning short story in the Royal Society of Literature's V.S. Pritchett Memorial Prize. [other] other
  • Newton M.S. (2010), Lodging. In: Dart G, Beaumont M (Eds.) Restless Cities. London: Verso. 173-190. book chapter
  • Newton M.S. (2010), Lost In Beauty: Review of Amy Lawrence, 'The Passion of Montgomery Clift', London Review of Books 32(19): 27-29. article in magazine/newspaper
  • Newton M.S. (Ed.) (2010), THE PENGUIN BOOK OF GHOST STORIES: FROM ELIZABETH GASKELL TO AMBROSE BIERCE. LONDON: PENGUIN BOOKS. editorship of book
  • Newton M.S. (2009), Anarchism. In: SIMMONS A. H. (Ed.) Joseph Conrad in Context. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. 117-123. book chapter
  • Newton M.S. (2009), Review of Cheeta, "Me Cheeta", London Review of Books 31(2): 28-29. article in magazine/newspaper
  • Newton M.S. (2009), Review of Molly Haskell, "Frankly My Dear: 'Gone With the Wind Revisited', London Review of Books 31(15): 37-38. article in magazine/newspaper
  • Newton M.S. (2007), 'Four Notes on "The Secret Agent": Sir William Harcourt, Ford and Helen Rossetti, Bourdin's Relations, and a Warning Against Triangle Amsterdam: Rodopi Press. book
  • Newton M.S. (Ed.) (2007), Joseph Conrad's The Secret Agent. London: Penguin Classics. editorship of book
  • Newton M.S. (28 October 2006), When We Were Young: A Compendium of Childhood. TLS : the Times Literary Supplement: 31. article in magazine/newspaper
  • Newton M.S. (23 February 2006), Tsk, Ukh, Hmmm: A Review of Daniel Heller-Roazen, Echolalias: On the Forgetting of Language. London Review of Books: 25-26. article in magazine/newspaper
  • Newton M.S. (2006), Electricity. In: Herd D., Sansom I. (Eds.) The Enthusiast Almanack. London: Quercus. book chapter
  • Newton M.S. (2006), Review of Lee Server, "Ava Gardner", London Review of Books 28(17): 9-10. article in magazine/newspaper
  • Newton M.S. & Cobbe F.P. (2006), The Consciousness of Dogs, The Enthusiast 7: 10-18. article in magazine/newspaper
  • Newton M.S. (2006), 'The Voyeur's Tale': A Review of Paul Theroux's "Hotel Honolulu". In: Contemporary Literary Criticism. Farmington Hills, MI: Thomson and Gale. conference paper
  • Newton M.S. (2006), Til I'm Grown: Reading Children's Films; Reading Walt Disney's The Jungle Book. In: Collins F.M., Ridgeman J. (Eds.) Turning the Page: Children's Literature in Performance and the Media. Oxford/Bern/Berlin: PeterLang. book chapter
  • Newton M.S. (5 November 2004), Marvels and Tales: Journal of Fairy-Tale Studies. TLS : the Times Literary Supplement: 28-28. article in magazine/newspaper
  • Newton M.S. (Ed.) (2004), Edmund Gosse's Father and Son. Oxford: Oxford University Press. editorship of book
  • Newton M.S. (2004), I See Myself Among the Crowd: The Poetry of Charlotte Mew, The Poetry Review 94(1): 56-64. article in magazine/newspaper
  • Newton M.S. (2003), Kind Hearts and Coronets. London: British Film Institute. book
  • Newton M.S., Kramer Cheryce & Martyn Trea (2003), Literature and Science, 1660-1834: Volume 1: Science as Polite Culture. London: Pickering & Chatto. book
  • Newton M.S. (2003), Savage Girls and Wild Boys: A History of Feral Children. New York: St Martin's Press. book
  • Newton M.S. (2002), Savage Girls and Wild Boys: A History of Feral Childen. Lonodon: Faber & Faber. book
  • Newton M.S. (1999), Bodies Without Souls: The Case of Peter the Wild Boy. In: Erica Fudge, Ruth Gilbert and Susan Wiseman (Eds.) At the Borders of the Human: Beasts, Bodies and Natural Philosophy in the Early Modern Period. London: Palgrave. 196-214. book chapter
  • Newton M.S. & Sabin R. (Eds.) (1999), The Movie Book. London: Paidon Press. editorship of book
  • Newton M.S. (1994), The Child on the Frontier, International Review of Children's Literature and Librarianship 9(3): 150-161. article in journal
  • Newton M.S., Hall Sean & Crick Bernard (1992), Is Equality Dead?. London: The Fabian Society. book
  • inter-university Netherlands Secretary for the Harting Scheme
  • leiden university on the Examencommissie (ALAS) for Literary Studies (MA)
  • leiden university Harting co-ordinator / study-abroad co-ordinator
  • leiden university SAP for English Literature section
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