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Professor Judie Newman

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RAE Panel L: biography of the Chair

American Studies and Anglophone Area Studies, Middle Eastern and African Studies, Asian Studies, European Studies

Professor Judie Newman

Professor of American Studies, University of Nottingham


Brought up and educated in Thurso, Caithness, Scotland, she gained Honours MA in English Language and Literature (1972) and in French Language and Literature (1974) at the University of Edinburgh. She worked at the University of Metz, (1972-3), then gained a Carnegie fellowship for doctoral study (Clare College, Cambridge, PhD American literature 1982). From 1976 to 1999 she was Lecturer, Reader, and then Professor of American and Postcolonial Literature, School of English, University of Newcastle Upon Tyne, moving in 2000 to the Chair of American Studies at the University of Nottingham. She is a recipient of the Arthur Miller Prize in American Studies, a former Chair of the British Association for American Studies, a Founding Fellow of the English Association, and an Academician, Academy of Learned Societies in the Social Sciences. She has published widely on American and Postcolonial literature (Saul Bellow and History, 1984; John Updike, 1988; Nadine Gordimer, 1988; Nadine Gordimer : Palabra, Sexo y Consciencia en Africa, 1997 ; editor, Dred : A Tale of the Great Dismal Swamp, by Harriet Beecher Stowe, 1992, 1999;The Ballistic Bard : Postcolonial Fictions, 1995; Alison Lurie ,2000; Nadine Gordimer's Burger's Daughter: A Casebook, 2003.) She is sole carer for her 13 year old son and spends her spare time gardening.