Jason Richards | Assistant Professor
Office: 311 Palmer Hall | Phone: (901) 843-3517 | Email: richardsj@rhodes.edu


Jason Richards joined the English Department at Rhodes in 2008. His teaching and research interests include early and nineteenth-century American literature, Gothic studies, postcolonial studies, and critical race theory. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in ARIEL, Novel, American Transcendental Quarterly, and Nineteenth-Century Prose. He is currently working on a book, Imitation Nation: Red, White, and Blackface in American Literature, 1787-1861, which examines how racial and cultural mimicry shaped national identity between the American Revolution and the Civil War. CV (September 2011)


Ph.D., English, University of Florida, 2005
M.A., English, California State University, Long Beach, 2000
B.A., Comparative Literature and Classics, California State University, Long Beach, 1997


English 151 - First-Year Writing Seminar: Darkness in the Land of Light
English 265 - Imperial Horrors, Postcolonial Hauntings
English 265 - The Postcolonial Short Story
English 285 - Text and Context
English 359 - Early American Literature
English 385 - Critical Theory and Methodology
English 485 - Senior Seminar: American Gothic

Selected Publications

"Emerson and the Gothic." Forthcoming in Nineteenth-Century Prose 39.2 (2012).

"Melville′s (Inter)national Burlesque: Whiteface, Blackface, and ′Benito Cereno.′" American Transcendental Quarterly 21.2 (2007): 73-94. Reviewed in American Literary Scholarship, page 63.

"Imitation Nation: Blackface Minstrelsy and the Making of African American Selfhood in Uncle Tom′s Cabin." Novel 39.2 (2006): 204-20.

"Localizing the Early Republic: Washington Irving and Blackface Culture." ARIEL 35.3-4 (2004): 159-81.

"Herman Melville." Men and Masculinities: A Social, Cultural, and Historical Encyclopedia. Eds. Michael Kimmel and Amy Aronson. Santa Barbara: ABC-CLIO, 2003. 515-17.