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Alan Richardson

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

Stokes Hall S459
Boston College
Chestnut Hill, MA 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 also the British series editor for the Houghton Mifflin New Riverside Editions and maintains the award-winning website, Literature, Cognition, and the Brain. 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 Romanticism, Nineteenth-Century Literature, The Wordsworth Circle, European Romantic Review, revista di filologia cognitiva, Romantic Circles, and Romantic Chronology.

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).
  • Editor, Three Oriental Tales (2002).
  • Co-editor, Early Black British Writing (2004).
  • Co-editor, The Work of Fiction: Cognition, Culture, and Complexity (2004).