Jason Richards joined the faculty at Rhodes in 2008, shortly after receiving a Ph.D. in English from the University of Florida. His research and teaching interests include early and nineteenth-century American literature, Gothic studies, postcolonial studies, critical race theory, and modernity studies. His writing has appeared in a number of periodicals, including ARIEL, Novel, and Nineteenth-Century Prose. His first book, Imitation Nation: Red, White, and Blackface in Early and Antebellum U.S. Literature (University of Virginia Press, 2017), examines how racial and cultural imitativeness shaped national identity and the nation’s literature between the American Revolution and the Civil War. He is currently working on a book that analyzes Edgar Allan Poe’s writing in relation to globalization and modernity. CV.
Imitation Nation: Red, White, and Blackface in Early and Antebellum U.S. Literature (University of Virginia Press, December 2017)
Work in Progress
“Poe’s Gothic Modernity” (chapter in a developing monograph on Edgar Allan Poe)
“Poe’s Plague Writing” (chapter in a developing monograph on Edgar Allan Poe)
“The Mechanical Poe” (chapter in a developing monograph on Edgar Allan Poe)
"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.
Short Essays and Reviews
“North American Anti-Colonialism.” The Encyclopedia of Postcolonial Studies. Wiley-Blackwell, 2016. 1222-27.
Review of Burnt Cork: Traditions and Legacies of Blackface Minstrelsy, by Stephen Johnson, African American Review 46.4 (2013): 784-86.
"Herman Melville." Men and Masculinities: A Social, Cultural, and Historical Encyclopedia. ABC-CLIO, 2003. 515-17.
M.A., English, California State University, Long Beach, 2000
B.A., Comparative Literature and Classics, California State University, Long Beach, 1997