Judith Newton
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Review of Alice McDermott's Someone

My review of Alice McDermott’s Someone. “To read this novel is to feel the wonder of life anew and to become, however, momentarily, a better person.” http://www.nyjournalofbooks.com/book-review/someoneSee More
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Judith Newton commented on the blog post 'When a Brother Dies'
"Connie, I"m so sorry about your sister.  When I lived my childhood I never thought I'd want to retain anything from it. But I was wrong."
Apr 2
Connie Vines commented on the blog post 'When a Brother Dies'
"Judith,  A very heart-felt topic and an especially timely one for me to read today.  Today is the 1-year anniversary of my sister's death.  Even as adults, sibling loss is difficult.  We have a shared past and think of…"
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Kristin Louise Duncombe commented on the blog post 'When a Brother Dies'
"Beautiful piece."
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Judith Newton commented on the blog post 'When a Brother Dies'
"Thank you, Miriam. It surprises me how much I've learned about family in retrospect. Part of it came from writing a memoir, but still there are layers to the onion."
Mar 29
Bella Mahaya Carter commented on the blog post 'When a Brother Dies'
"Thanks for this lovely tribute and important reminder, Judith Newton. "
Mar 29
Miriam Polli Katsikis commented on the blog post 'When a Brother Dies'
"Judith, Lovely and honest words about family.  We human beings are so complexed, why is it we always know so much more in retrospect.   Good luck with your writing.  "
Mar 29
Judith Newton commented on the blog post 'When a Brother Dies'
"Thank you, Bella."
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Cate Warren commented on the blog post 'When a Brother Dies'
"Judith, this is so lovely! How beautifully you write! My father's family is large, and so that makes for divergent personalities, political beliefs, values, etc., but we all care for each other, despite not always "getting" what the…"
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Who I am:
Retired professor of women and gender studies. Author and editor of books on nineteenth-century women writers, women in history, feminist criticism, and men's movements. My memoir, TASTING HOME: COMING OF AGE IN THE KITCHEN, is forthcoming with She Writes Press in February 2013. I blog about the emotional meanings of food, travel, and gardens at iPinion.us and at http://thejoysofcooking-alovestory.com.
Books I've written, anthologies I've contributed to, and any scripts or plays I've authored:
Author of Women, Power and Subversion: Social Strategies in British Fiction; Starting Over: Feminism and the Politics of Cultural Critique; From Panthers to Promise Keepers: Rethinking the Men's Movement; co-editor of Sex and Class in Women's History and Feminist Criticism and Social Change; contributor to Boys Don't Cry; Masculinity Studies and Feminist Theory; Wann Ist Der Mann Ein Mann?; Feminisms; Feminist Issues in Literary Scholarship; Generations; The New Historicisms; Confessions of the Critics; Rewriting the Victorians; From Sociology to Cultural Studies, Alien Zone, Il neohistoriscimo. Four of my books are being reprinted this fall by Routledge and the University of Michigan Press.
Media outlets that I currently write for:
My writing is:
Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Memoir, Blog Posts, Lit Crit, Theory
Outlets where I review books, TV, or film:
I used to review academic books, especially on men and masculinity.
Services I offer to other writers:
None currently; I was on the editorial board of Feminist Studies for ten years.
I'm part of these writers' groups or salons:
Yes I am part of a writer's group.
I found out about She Writes from:
I don't remember.

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At 9:11am on March 13, 2015, Cate Warren said…

Welcome to In Praise of Literature, Judith!

Wow! Your profile shows an extraordinary career and life well lived! Feel free to post links to blogs, reviews, or articles you think we need to see, make book recommendations or pans, start a discussion--anything that fits how you define literature! Most important, please have fun!

I'm new to moderating a group, so I'm bound to make mistakes. Please let me know if something is amiss, and I'll do my best to come through.

Glad to have you aboard!



At 2:23pm on February 14, 2015, Judith Marshall said…

Nice to meet you, Judith. Did you know the name "Judith" means beloved?

At 2:41pm on October 5, 2014, Diane L. Fowlkes said…

Judith, this will be fun, too, to hear how your mystery is progressing. How far along are you? I think I am getting rather close to finishing my mss, though I realize I'm probably talking months, not days. Do you know of the mystery writer Charlotte McLeod, who also set her mysteries at a state land grant U (I think it was that big)?

At 6:18am on September 20, 2013, Sheila K. Collins said…

Good to hear from you. My plans for coming to Oakland are still developing but it's looking now like I'll be coming Nov. 6 or 7th, leaving the 11th. I've hoping to do a Performing the Book event while I'm there and a couple of bookstore gigs. It would be fun to join up with you and have my improv friends perform some snipets of your book as well. Let me know if this is something that you'd be up for and of course, if you'll be in town on those dates.


At 7:12pm on May 20, 2013, Lone Morch said…

Hi Judith. I saw you got my book in one of your comments. Did you read it? Did you also review it on amazon and or goodreads? Wow. I am sorry if I missed all that goodness. :)

I was suggested to speak to women studies in university - I don't know many in academia, do you have any idea how one might reach out to women studies and how it works with their speaker circuits / programs ? thanks much. See you soon!!!

At 6:14pm on May 1, 2013, Tania Pryputniewicz said…

Judith, wish I still lived close enough to come to the Bay Area event--enjoy! Should be a great evening.


At 3:07pm on April 16, 2013, Lone Morch said…

Hi Judith, good to be here, now. Has been so so so busy but have a little air now. Tell me what's up with the event in Berkeley ... did you create a FB event I could post around?

At 11:33am on February 18, 2013, Tania Pryputniewicz said…

Thanks for asking Judith. I am teaching Transformative Blogging for women, blogging when I can at Feral Mom, Feral Writer, and in love with making photo-poem micro movies. I've started a series of blogs in support of women bloggers on my main site. I've also just commited myself to taking this year to work on a book based on the blogging courses. A rich and happy writing life, as it sounds like yours continues to be...I am so glad to have made the connection with you. To gritty, pithy writing and all that it offers!

At 10:10am on February 18, 2013, Tania Pryputniewicz said…

Loved your Valentine post at Huffington Post...so beautifully honest and moving. Wish I'd had chance to work with you at UCD, graduated back in 1991. I worked at WRAC as it was called back then as an intern and minored in Women's Studies so long ago. Off to check out your blog. Thanks again...and I think that love story belongs as much today as in the 60s.
At 7:03pm on February 14, 2013, Rossandra White said…

Thanks so much for responding Judith. I've been keeping an eye on SheWrites even though I haven't been active, too much going on in my life, and have noticed how well you're doing, Huff Post etc, and how well you're integrated into the doing around here. If the small press that has my book right now doesn't take me on, I will be joining your ranks.

Judith Newton's Blog

Review of Alice McDermott's Someone

Posted on April 22, 2015 at 1:03pm 0 Comments

My review of Alice McDermott’s Someone. “To read this novel is to feel the wonder of life anew and to become, however, momentarily, a better person.” http://www.nyjournalofbooks.com/book-review/someone

When a Brother Dies

Posted on March 26, 2015 at 10:30am 9 Comments

“Even siblings we don’t see, who live differently from us, who move in their own world, may be shoring up our lives, our sense of family, our feeling of being at home in the world without our knowing it.”

Two years ago, in March, my younger brother died, quite unexpectedly. He’d been my only sibling and, both of our parents being gone, the only other person left from our original family. His daughter had asked my daughter to tell me the news. “Mom?” she…



Posted on February 13, 2015 at 1:04pm 0 Comments

"There are as many forms of love as there are moments in time."  Jane Austen

I met him in graduate school during the early sixties, the kind of smart, studious young man I‘d always been drawn to but never managed to date.  He said “oops” a lot and was so funny that being in his company felt like having childhood for the first time. He knew music, wrote poetry in a serious way, and was, in my eyes, the smartest person in our circle. We only saw each other in a group or in a…


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