Adam Zachary Newton

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Adam Zachary Newton is Chair of the Department of English at Yeshiva University[1] and the former Jane and Rowland Blumberg Centennial Professor in English at the University of Texas at Austin.

Newton is a graduate of Haverford College and has a Ph.D. from Harvard University (1992). While at Harvard, his book, Narrative ethics, "sought a bridge between the disciplines of ethical philosophy and literary studies by proposing a new way to think about the moral realms of risk and responsibility as problems of reading." [2] He defines narrative ethics as "the ethical consequences of narrating story... and the reciprocal claims binding teller, listener, witness, and reader in that process."[3] Other scholars apply his approach and find new ways to read old books.[4]

Newton married Miriam Udel in 2011, who had read his book Narrative ethics twice, years before meeting him.[5]


  • —. (1999). Facing Black and Jew: literature as public space in twentieth-century America. Cultural margins. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press. ISBN 0-511-00615-2
  • —. (1992). Narrative ethics the intersubjective claim of fiction. Mass., Harvard Univ., Diss., 1992—Cambridge. OCLC 180587177
  • —. (2005) The elsewhere: on belonging at a near distance : reading literary memoir from Europe and the Levant. Madison, Wis: University of Wisconsin Press. ISBN 0-299-20890-7
  • —. (2001). The fence and the neighbor: Emmanuel Levinas, Yeshayahu Leibowitz, and Israel among the nations. SUNY series in Jewish philosophy. Albany, NY: State University of New York Press. ISBN 0-7914-4783-9
Journal articles
  • —. (1996). From Exegesis to Ethics: Recognition and Its Vicissitudes in Saul Bellow and Chester Himes. The South Atlantic Quarterly. 95, no. 4: 979. OCLC 91843318
  • —. (2001). Versions of Ethics; Or, The SARL of Criticism: Sonority, Arrogation, Letting-Be. American Literary History. 13 (3), 603-637. OCLC 88051868
  • —. (1998). ARTICLES - "Nothing But Face" -- "To Hell with Philosophy"?: Witold Gombrowicz, Bruno Schulz, and the Scandal of Human Countenance. Style. 32 (2), 243. OCLC 95198199
  • —. (1996). Is Jew/Greek Greek/Jew; or does 'Hebrew' mean Cross-over? the Tightrope, the Window, and the Text- an Excursus on Identity. Social Identities. 2 (1), 93. OCLC 88321843



  1. ^ "Dr. Adam Zachary Newton". Yeshiva University web site. 
  2. ^ "Fresh Faces". 2007-09-04 Interview. The Commentator, Official Newspaper of Yeshiva College and the Sy Syms School of Business. Retrieved 2008-02-25. 
  3. ^ Ballaster, R. (2005). Fabulous orients: fictions of the East in England, 1662-1785. Oxford: Oxford University Press, p. 13. ISBN 978-0-19-926733-0
  4. ^ Lapsley, J. E. (2005). Whispering the Word: hearing women's stories in the Old Testament. Louisville, Ky: Westminster John Knox Press, p. 100, ISBN 0-664-22435-0
  5. ^ Schwartz, Paula (March 4, 2011). "Weddings: Miriam Udel and Adam Newton". The New York Times.