Faculty/Staff Profile

David W. Newton

David W. Newton, Ph.D.

Professor of English

Phone: 678-839-4877 | Fax: 678-839-4849

Email:  dnewton@westga.edu

Office: Technology Learning Center 2-225

Hours: Spring Semester 2016
MW 8:30 - 9:30 am; 12:30 - 2:00 pm; & 3:30 - 4:00 pm;
T 9:00 am - 12 noon;
and by appointment

ENGL 4/5300 (English Grammar)
MW 9:30 - 10:50 AM (PAF 307)
ENGL 4384 (Senior Seminar)
MW 11:00 AM - 12:20 PM (PAF 309)
ENGL 2110 (World Literature)
MW 2:00 - 3:20 PM (PAF 306)


  • B.A., English, The College of Charleston, 1983
  • M.Div., Historical Theology, The Candler School of Theology, 1988
  • Ph.D., Linguistics, Emory University, 1993


My professional interests are in the areas of historical and applied linguistics, nineteenth-century American literature and culture, and Southern literature and culture. My research and publications have focused primarily on nineteenth-century American language and culture. My primary teaching responsibilities include introductory and advanced courses in linguistics (History of the English Language, American English Dialects, and Applied English Linguistics), American literature, and Southern literature. I also teach courses in literary and cultural theory and in contemporary Native American literature.

Courses Taught

Introduction to English Linguistics; History of the English Language; American English Dialects; English Grammar; Literary Theory; Research and Methods; Edgar Allan Poe; Native American Literature; Southern Literature; American Romanticism; Nineteenth-Century American Poetry; Nineteenth-Century American Popular Fiction; American Captivity Narratives; Narratives of Discovery, Exploration, and Encounter

Courses and Sections

  • Courses Taught
    • ENGL-1101 (English Composition I)    
    • ENGL-2110 (World Literature)    
    • ENGL-2130 (American Literature-Honors)    
    • ENGL-4125 (Colonial & Early Amer Lit)    
    • ENGL-4300 (Studies in Eng Lang-Grammar)    
    • ENGL-4384 (Senior Seminar)    
    • ENGL-4385 (Travel & Travail in Italy)    
    • ENGL-5125 (Colonial & Early American Lit)    
    • ENGL-5300 (Studies in Eng Lang-Grammar)    
    • ENGL-5385 (Travel & Travail in Italy)    
    • ENGL-6110 (Seminar in American Lit I)    
  • Summer 2016 Sections
    • ENGL-4385 (Represent of Italy) Section: 01S
    • ENGL-4385 (Travel & Travail in Italy) Section: 02S
    • ENGL-5385 (Represent of Italy) Section: 01S
    • ENGL-5385 (Travel & Travail in Italy) Section: 02S
  • Spring 2016 Sections
    • ENGL-2110 (World Literature) Section: 01   [View Syllabus]
    • ENGL-4300 (StudiesInEnglLanguage-Grammar) Section: 01   [View Syllabus]
    • ENGL-4384 (Senior Seminar) Section: 01W   [View Syllabus]
    • ENGL-5300 (StudiesInEnglLanguage-Grammar) Section: 01   [View Syllabus]
  • Fall 2015 Sections
    • ENGL-1101 (English Composition I) Section: 113   [View Syllabus]
    • ENGL-4125 (Colonial & Early Amer Lit) Section: 01W   [View Syllabus]
    • ENGL-4300 (Engl Lang:HistOfTheLang) Section: 01W   [View Syllabus]
    • ENGL-5125 (Colonial & Early American Lit) Section: 01
    • ENGL-5300 (Engl Lang:HistOfTheLang) Section: 01
  • Summer 2015 Sections
    • ENGL-6110 (Seminar in American Lit I) Section: 01   [View Syllabus]
  • Spring 2015 Sections
    • ENGL-2130 (American Literature-Honors) Section: 25H   [View Syllabus]
    • ENGL-4300 (Studies in Eng Lang-Grammar) Section: 01   [View Syllabus]
    • ENGL-5300 (Studies in Eng Lang-Grammar) Section: 01

Selected Publications

  • Pirates and Devils: William Gilmore Simms's Unfinished Postbellum Novels, University of South Carolina Press, 2015. [View Publication]
  • "'It is Only Genius Which Can Make Ghosts:' Narrative Design and the Art of Storytelling in Simms's 'Grayling,or Murder Will Out.'" SLI: Studies in the Literary Imagination. 42.1 (Spring 2009): 39-82. [View Publication]
  • Eutaw A Sequel to The Forayers, or The Raid of the Dog Days by William Gilmore Simms. Edited, with a Critical Introduction, Scholarly Appendices, and Emendations by David W. Newton. University of Arkansas Press, 2006. [View Publication]
  • "Simms and the Poetics of the American Renaissance," The Southern Quarterly (Winter 2003): 23-36. [View Publication]
  • The Forayers or The Raid of the Dog Days by William Gilmore Simms. Edited with a Critical Introduction, Scholarly Appendices, and Emendations by David W. Newton. University of Arkansas Press, 2003. [View Publication]
  • "'Voices Along the Border: Language and the Southern Frontier in Guy Rivers, A Tale of Georgia. In William Gilmore Simms and the American Frontier, University of Georgia Press, 1997 [View Publication]