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Department of English

 

Keith Newlin

Title:    Professor
Office:  Morton Hall 158
Phone:  (910) 962-3615
e-mail:  newlink@uncw.edu

Keith Newlin, photo by Kathy Rugoff

  • Ph. D., Indiana University
  • M.A., Colorado State University
  • B.A., Colorado State University

Photo by Kathy Rugoff

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Teaching Interests

I teach courses in 19th and 20th century American literature, American drama, and early modernism. I tend to emphasize cultural and historical approaches in my courses and usually include both canonical and non-canonical works. I rarely lecture; instead I ask questions designed to enable students to read a work closely and carefully to uncover the craft involved in the composition of a work.  My courses usually require students to write papers based on library research. I often ask students to do presentations of some sort--from reading about a work and presenting the ideas to the class, to leading discussion, to working collaboratively with others.

Research

  • American literary naturalism and realism: writers such as Hamlin Garland, Mary Wilkins Freeman, Jack London, Theodore Dreiser, Frank Norris, Charlotte Perkins Gilman, Stephen Crane, Kate Chopin, and so forth.

  • American drama, especially melodrama and early twentieth-century little theaters: Eugene O'Neill, Susan Glaspell, Arthur Miller, Tennessee Williams, and lots of now-forgotten theatrical troupes and even more forgotten playwrights who wrote plays hardly anyone remembers.

Recent work

  • Hamlin Garland.  I've had a several-year obsession with realist and literary/cultural chronicler Hamlin Garland, whose best-known works are Main-Travelled Roads (1891) and his autobiography, A Son of the Middle Border (1917).  In 1998 I published the Selected Letters of Hamlin Garland (University of Nebraska Press, 1998), co-edited with Joseph B. McCullough, and in 2005 an edition of his stories about the American Indian entitled The Book of the American Indian, with 35 illustrations by Frederic Remington, as well as an edition of his New Woman novel, Rose of Dutcher's Coolly.  In 2008 I completed a new biography of this once world-famous writer, Hamlin Garland, A Life, and in 2013 a collection of reminiscences, Garland in His Own Time.  For those who want to know more about Garland, visit my Hamlin Garland site.

  • Theodore Dreiser.  I became interested in this pioneering naturalist (Sister Carrie, 1900; An American Tragedy, 1925) through his little known plays, a new edition of which was published in May 2000 as The Collected Plays of Theodore Dreiser, co-edited with Frederic E. Rusch. The UNCW English Department publishes Studies in American Naturalism, an international scholarly journal sponsored by the Dreiser Society and devoted to American literary naturalism, broadly conceived.  At present, I am co-editor of the journal.  Learn more about Studies in American Naturalism

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Books

Garland In His Own Time

Oxford Handbook of American Literary Naturalism

Critical Insights: The American Dream.
Edited by Keith Newlin.

Ipswich, MA: Salem Press, 2013

Garland in His Own Time:
A Biographical Chronicle of His Life, Drawn from Recollections, Interviews, and Memoirs by Family, Friends, and Associates

Edited by Keith Newlin.

Iowa City, IA: Univesity of Iowa Press, 2013

The Oxford Handbook of American Literary Naturalism.
Edited by Keith Newlin.

New York: Oxford University Press, 2011

A Summer to Be

Critical Insights: The Grapes of Wrath

Critical Insights: The Sun Also Rises

A Summer to Be, a Memoir by the Daughter of Hamlin Garland, by Isabel Garland Lord.  
Edited and Introduction by Keith Newlin.  
Foreword by Victoria Doyle-Jones. 

Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 2010.

Critical Insights: The Grapes of Wrath.
Edited by Keith Newlin.

Pasadena, CA: Salem Press, 2010

Critical Insights: The Sun Also Rises.
Edited by Keith Newlin.

Pasadena, CA: Salem Press, 2010

Rose of Dutcher's Coolly The Book of the American Indian
Hamlin Garland, A Life  
By Keith Newlin.

Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 2008. 

Rose of Dutcher's Coolly
By Hamlin Garland
Introduced and edited by Keith Newlin

Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 2005

The Book of the American Indian
Written by Hamlin Garland
Pictured by Frederic Remington
Edited and Introduction by Keith Newlin

Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 2005

The Collected Plays of Theodore Dreiser American Plays of the New Woman
A Theodore Dreiser Encyclopedia
Edited by Keith Newlin

Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 2003

The Collected Plays of Theodore Dreiser
Edited by Keith Newlin and Frederic E. Rusch

Troy, NY: Whitston Publishing, 2000

American Plays of the New Woman
Edited and Introduction by Keith Newlin

Chicago: Ivan R. Dee, 2000

Selected Letters of Hamlin Garland Hamlin Garland: A bibliography, with a Checklist of Unpublished Letters

Hardboiled Burlesque: Raymond Chandler's Comic Style

Selected Letters of Hamlin Garland
Edited by Keith Newlin and Joseph B. McCullough

Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 1998

Hamlin Garland: A Bibliography, with a Checklist of Unpublished Letters
By Keith Newlin

Albany, NY: Whitston Publishing, 1998

Hardboiled Burlesque: Raymond Chandler's Comic Style
By Keith Newlin

Madison, IN: Brownstone Books, 1984; rpt. Borgo Press, 1985

 

Selected Articles

“American Naturalism and Dramatic Adaptation.” Re-Reading Zola and Worldwide Naturalism: Miscellanies in Honour of Anna Gural-Migdal.  Ed. Carolyn Snipes-Hoyt, Marie-Sophie Armstrong, and Riikka Rossi. Newcastle upon Tyne, UK: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2013. 381-98.

 “Hamlin Garland.” Oxford Bibliographies Online: American Literature. Ed. Jackson Bryer. New York: Oxford University Press, 4 Sept. 2012. http://www.oxfordbibliographies.com/view/document/obo-9780199827251/obo-9780199827251-0038.xml 

“The Documentary Strategies of Naturalism.” The Oxford Handbook of American Literary Naturalism.  Ed. Keith Newlin. New York: Oxford University Press, 2011. 104-17.

“Unwitting Provocateur: Mary Wilkins Freeman and the American Academy of Arts and Letters.”  Resources for American Literary Study 32 (2007): 141-61.  [published 2009]

Introduction.  A Son of the Middle Border.  By Hamlin Garland.  St. Paul: Minnesota Historical Society Press, 2007.  vii-xvii.

Introduction.  A Daughter of the Middle Border.  By Hamlin Garland.  St. Paul: Minnesota Historical Society Press, 2007.  ix-xix.

"Why Hamlin Garland Left the Main-Travelled Road."  Studies in American Naturalism 1 (2006): 70-89.

"'I am as ever your disciple': The Friendship of Hamlin Garland and W. D. Howells."  Papers on Language and Literature 42 (2006): 264-90.

"Clouted by Reviewers: The Texts of Garland's Rose of Dutcher's Coolly."  Documentary Editing 27.2 (2005): 71-81.

"Prospecting for Health: Hamlin Garland’s Klondike Adventures." American Literary Realism 35.1 (2002): 72-92.

"Hamlin Garland: A Bibliography (1896-1940)." Bulletin of Bibliography 54 (1997): 11-20.

"Hamlin Garland and the 'Illegitimacy Bill' of 1913." American Literary Realism 29:1 (1996): 78-88.

"Uplifting the Stage: Hamlin Garland and the Chicago Theater Society." Journal of American Drama and Theatre 8:1 (1996): 1-17.

"Dreiser's 'The Girl in the Coffin' in the Little Theater." Dreiser Studies 21:1 (1994): 31-50.

"Melodramatist of the Middle Border: Hamlin Garland's Early Work Reconsidered." Studies in American Fiction 21 (1993): 153-69.

"Expressionism Takes the Stage: Dreiser's 'Laughing Gas.'" Journal of American Drama and Theatre 4:1 (1992): 5-22.

"Portrait of a Professional: The Plays of Jack London." American Literary Realism 20:2 (1988): 65-84.

"Georgia Scenes: The Satiric Artistry of Augustus Baldwin Longstreet." Mississippi Quarterly 41:1 (1987-1988): 21-37.

"Raymond Chandler: A Critical and Biographical Bibliography." Clues: A Journal of Detection 6:2 (1985): 61-72.

"C. W. Sughrue's Whiskey Visions." Modern Fiction Studies 29 (1983): 545-55.

 

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