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Alan Richardson

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Alan Richardson


A.B., Princeton University
Ph.D., Harvard University

Stokes Hall S459
Boston College
Chestnut Hill, Mass. 02467

Phone: 617-552-3713
Fax: 617-552-4220

Academic Profile

Specializes in British Romantic literature and culture, literature and empire, poetics, and early children's literature. His current research involves Romantic theories and representations of subjectivity, embodied agency, and language in relation to 18th- and early 19th-century neuroscientific speculation and experimentation, and the prospects in general for work at the intersection of literary studies and the cognitive sciences.

Additional Professional Information

Prof. Richardson is the author of over fifty articles and essays in academic journals and book collections, in addition to his numerous books and editions. He has edited special issues of the journals Poetics Today and European Romantic Review and serves on the advisory boards of a number of academic journals and websites, including Studies in Romanticism, Nineteenth Century Literature, Romanticism,  The Wordsworth Circle, European Romantic Review, Romantic Circles, and Romantic Chronology. Major honors and awards include fellowships from the Whiting Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation, the International Conference in Romanticism Book Prize for 1994, the Keats-Shelley Association Distinguished Scholar Award for 2008, and the Alpha Sigma Nu National Jesuit Book Award in the Humanities for 2011.

Publications (selected)

  • A Mental Theater: Poetic Drama and Consciousness in the Romantic Age (1988).
  • Literature, Education, and Romanticism: Reading as Social Practice, 1780-1832 (1994).
  • Co-editor, Romanticism, Race, and Imperial Culture (1996).
  • British Romanticism and the Science of the Mind (2001).
  • Co-editor, The Work of Fiction: Cognition, Culture, and Complexity (2004).
  • The Neural Sublime: Cognitive Theories and Romantic Texts (2011).
  • Editor, Slavery, Abolition, and Emancipation: Verse (1999).
  • Editor, Three Oriental Tales (2002).
  • Co-editor, Early Black British Writing (2004).