Dr Emma Newport

Post:Lecturer in English Literature (English)
Location:ARTS B B227

Telephone numbers
UK:01273 873615
International:+44 1273 873615
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Dr Emma Newport is a Teaching Fellow at the University of Sussex, having previously been a Research Fellow and Part-time Lecturer at King’s College London. Her research interests include eighteenth-century attitudes to China and, more broadly, women’s positions in a network of global exchanges of ideas and objects.

As the lead academic for Sussex Writes, Emma runs this creative writing programme with the aim of widening university participation through collaboration between the School of English and local schools. Sussex Writes brings into local classrooms talented writers from amongst undergraduate and postgraduate students. By working closely with schools, we have developed a programme that allows the younger students to gain new skills and confidence in their writing and have access to older students who have experience of attending university; at the same time, university students gain valuable experience in the classroom and reflect in new ways on their approaches to creative writing whilst testing their ideas for ways of working with and inspiring young people.

Emma was nominated for a national level teaching award, the NTFS, for her innovative work on Sussex Writes and how this has contributed to transforming student experience.



 Article, 'Digital Dismembering and Remembering in Cyberspace' Life Writing & Death Cluster for the European Journal of Life Writing,  ed. by Clare Brant (2019).

Chapter ‘Brief Encounters: Curating GIFs, Memes and Social Media for Short Story Life Writing’, New and Unusual Ways of Writing Lives ed. by Jo Parnell (University of Newcastle, Australia), Palgrave-MacMillan (2019)

Article 'The Fictility of Porcelain: Making and Shaping Meaning in Lady Dorothea Banks’s “Dairy Book”.' Eighteenth-Century Fiction, vol. 31 no. 1, 2018, pp. 117-142. Project MUSE, muse.jhu.edu/article/704845.
 ECF: https://muse.jhu.edu/issue/39139

 Article ‘Courting Counts and Exhibited Fairies: Dwarfs, Enlightenment and Display in the Eighteenth Century’, accepted with revisions by the Journal of Literature and Science 

Article 'White Knights and Errant Engravings: Reading the Horse in Dalziel', ed. by Bethan Stevens, Woodpeckings: The Dalziel Archive, Victorian Print Culture, and Wood Engravings http://www.sussex.ac.uk/english/dalziel/2017/05/17/white-knights-and-errant-engravings-reading-the-horse-in-dalziel-by-emma-newport/


 'Emma Clery's Jane Austen: the Banker's Sister', JASNA (March 2018)

  ‘British Views on China a Special Time (1790-1820)’ Journal of Imperial and Commonwealth History (2012) 40, 3, p. 527-530


 ‘Last Orders’, Agenda Poetry Journal Online, Issue 51 (2017).

 ‘Song of Age’, Inky Needles, a bi-annual literary journal specialising in the publication of philosophy, poetry and politics (November 2014)

 Poetry Slams

'Walker', Toronto International Festival of Authors (October 2017)

 Short Stories

'Sakura', presented at Quick Fictions (December 2017)

Microfiction ‘Audiology’, presented at Quick Fictions (December 2016)

 Guest lectures:

  ‘Women Writers and Monetary Fiction in the Eighteenth Century’, University of Delhi, December 2016

 ‘Women, Interiors and Interiority: Effects of the Chinese Taste on Domestic Space’, paper and discussion at Hong Kong University, December 2015

Conference organisation:

 Created a conference for 2017 entitled 'Women, Money and the Market (1750-1850)', with funding for research from CESK (Centre for Enlightenment Studies at King’s) and for impact from AHRI (Arts and Humanities Research Institute).

  Co-chair with Dr Joyce Goggin of the  'Women, Money and the Market (1700-1900)', Second Annual Conference, held at University of Amsterdam, June 2018.

 Lead academic at the Foundling Museum free public event 'Lost for Words' as part of the Being Human Festival (November 2017), collaborating with poet Deanna Rodger to run a poetry workshop inspired by the notes mothers left with their babies when they gave them up to the Foundling Hospital. 

For more information, see https://foundlingmuseum.org.uk/events/lost-for-words/

  Conference papers: 

'"The House is a Material Business": Female Authority and Interior Alterations at Erddig House', ‘Embroidered with Dust and Mortar’: Women and Architecture, 1660–1840 Georgian Group Symposium 2019 at Society of Antiquaries, Burlington House, London, 28 September 2019

"A broad, squat, pursy, fat thing… yet deadly strong": Fat and The (Sexual) Economy in Richardson’s Pamela” Women, Money and Markets University of Sussex, June 2019

'Post-hum[an]ous life writing: Digital Corporeality and End-of-life writing', BSA Auto/Biography Study Group Conference, London, December 7th 2018

'Digital Dismembering and Remembering in End-of-Life Writing', Intelligent Futures: AI, Automation and Cognitive Ecologies, University of Sussex, 1-2 October 2018

'Evaluating Sussex Writes: Forging Creative Writing Communities', SLN:COP Symposium, University of Sussex, October 2018

'Creative Writing Communities: Exploring Collaborations between HE, secondary schools and the creative sector' Into the Arts, University of Brighton, July 2018

'Barrenness and Sterility: Accounts of China', Eighteenth and Nineteenth-century Studies, University of Sussex, December 2017

'Barrenness and Sterility: Rethinking English Cosmopolitanism', CCECS Annual Conference, Toronto, October 2017

 ‘“Not knowing the paths we have come, we know not where we are”: Peter Pindar and Elizabeth Inchbald’s Satirical Disorientation of Monarchy and Empire’, British Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies 46th Annual Conference, January 2017

  ‘The Fictility of Porcelain’, Women’s Studies Group 1558-1837, November 2016

  ‘Lady Banks’s “Dairy Book” and the collection and collation of Chinese Porcelain’, part of the panel ‘Minds, Bodies, and China as Sites of Female Growth, Expansion and Contraction in the Long Eighteenth Century’, British Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies 45th Annual Conference, January 2016

  ‘Chineseness and British Material Culture’, Research seminar, York University Centre for Eighteenth Century Studies Symposium, February 2013

   ‘Porcelain Personalities: Garrick and the Age of Celebrity’, London Cultural Connections, April 2012

  ‘Chinese Landscape as British Decoration in Literature and Art’, British Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies 41st Annual Conference, January 2012

   ‘Peter Pindar Picks On Poxy Politicians: Rhetoric and Writing’, The Bad Writing Symposium, King's College London, September 2011


Community and Business

Emma devised and leads Sussex Writes, a collaborative scheme building creative writing communities in the Sussex Region.

Secondary schools and sixth-form colleges are invited to contact Emma, as are undergraduate and postgraduate students interested in leading creative writing workshops.