Dr Emma Newport

Post:Teaching Fellow 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 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.

Emma is the lead academic for Sussex Writes, a creative writing programme which aims to widen university participation through collaborations 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, the 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.



 Chapter ‘Brief Encounters: Curating GIFs, Memes and Social Media for Short Story Life-Writing’ for an edited collection titled New and Unusual Ways of Writing Lives edited by Jo Parnell (University of Newcastle, Australia), to be published with the Higher Education Division of Palgrave-MacMillan (2018)

 Article ‘Porcelain Fictions: Lady Banks’s ‘Dairy Book’ and Narratives of Discovery and Display’, accepted for Material Fictions: Special Issue of Eighteenth-Century Fiction (Autumn 2018)

 Article ‘Courting Counts and Exhibited Fairies: Dwarfs, Enlightenment and Display in the Eighteenth Century’, accepted with revisions by the Journal of Literature and Science (2018)




'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 politicshttp://inkyneedles.com/2014/11/25/song-of-age-by-dr-emma-newport/ (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



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:




'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.