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



Jason Richards joined the English Department in 2008 as a visiting assistant professor before starting on the tenure track in 2012. His teaching and research interests include early and nineteenth-century American literature, Gothic studies, postcolonial studies, and critical race theory. His articles have appeared in ARIEL, Novel, American Transcendental Quarterly, and Nineteenth-Century Prose. He is currently completing a book manuscript, Imitation Nation: Red, White, and Blackface in American Literature, 1787-1861, which examines how racial and cultural imitativeness shaped national identity between the American Revolution and the Civil War. CV (2014)


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


First Year Writing Seminar 151 - American Suburbia
First Year Writing Seminar 151 - 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 360 - American Romanticism
English 385 - Critical Theory and Methodology
English 485 - Senior Seminar: American Gothic

Selected Publications


"Emerson and the Gothic." Nineteenth-Century Prose 40/1 (2013): 61-90.

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

"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.


Review of Burnt Cork: Traditions and Legacies of Blackface Minstrelsy, by Stephen Johnson, African American Review. (Forthcoming 2014).

“North American Anti-Colonialism.” The Encyclopedia of Postcolonial Studies.Wiley-Blackwell. (Forthcoming 2014).

"Herman Melville." Men and Masculinities: A Social, Cultural, and Historical Encyclopedia. ABC-CLIO, 2003. 515-17.