Dr. Jonathan M. Newman


Role: Faculty
Campus: Springfield

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Missouri State University
901 S. National Ave.
Springfield, MO 65897



  • PhD, Medieval Studies, 2008, University of Toronto
  • MA, Medieval Studies, 2000, University of Toronto
  • BA, English and Linguistics with Highest Honors, 1999, University of Florida


  • ENG 235 Critical Approaches to Literature
  • ENG 340 Survey of English Literature I
  • ENG 491 History of the English Language Online
  • ENG 744 Seminar in Early English Literature: Race and Nation in Early Modern England
  • ENG 312 Introduction to Shakespeare
  • UHC 410 Language and Power

Professional experience

  • Faculty Co-Advisor, Sigma Tau Delta, Missouri State University chapter, International English Honor Society

Selected publications

  • “Ciceronian Ethos and Clerical Masculinity in the Regensburg Rhetorical Letters,” Florilegium 34 (2021).  (DOI: 10.3138/flor-34.005 2021)
  • “Relational Performances and Audiences in the Prologue of John Gower’s Confessio Amantis,” in Audience and Reception in the Early Modern Period, eds. John R. Decker and Mitzi Kirkland-Ives. (London: Routledge Press 2021).
  • “Ex Illo Tempore: Time and Mediation and the Ars Dictaminis in Letter 65 by Peter the Venerable,” Old Media and the Medieval Concept, eds. Stephen Yeager and Thoray Brylow (Montreal: Concordia University Press 2021), 121-141.
  • “Competition, Narrative, and Literary Copia in the Works of Boncompagno da Signa and Guido Faba,” Journal of Latin Cosmopolitanism and European Literatures vol. 1 (2019), pp. 35-54.
  • "Dictators of Venus: Clerical Love Letters and Female Subjection in Troilus and Criseyde and the Rota Veneris." Studies in the Age of Chaucer, vol. 38, 2012, pp. 103-138.
  • "Dialogism in Hoccleve." The Oxford Handbook to Chaucer. Eds. Suzanne Conklin Akabari and James Simpson. Oxford University Press, 2020, pp. 601-619. with Magda S.J. Hayton, eds. and trans.. Speculum futurorum temporum siue Pentachronon sancte Hildegardis (Mirror of Future Times or the Five Times of Saint Hildegard). Peeters Press, 2021. 
  • “Venus.” The Chaucer Encyclopedia. Ed. Richard Newhauser. Wiley-Blackwell, 2020.


Research and professional interests

  • Middle English literature
  • Medieval Latin literature
  • Pre-modern cultural and gender studies
  • History of rhetoric

Awards and honors

  • Provost’s Faculty Writing Fellow, MSU Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning, 2020-2022

  • Master Online Course Recognize Award,  MSU Distance Education, Best Overall Winner, 2019.
  • Faculty Research Grant, MSU Graduate College, 2019-2020
  • St. Louis University Vatican Film Library Mellon Fellowship, 2018
  • James J. Paxson Memorial Travel Grant, 2013
  • Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) Postdoctoral Fellowship, 2011-2013