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Joan Richardson
Position: Distinguished Professor of English and Comparative Literature
Campus Affiliation: Graduate Center
Office Hours: Thursdays 4:00-6:00PM and by appointment.
Degrees/Diplomas: Ph.D., The City University of New York
Research Interests: American literature/American studies, focusing on the 19th and 20th centuries; modernism; Wallace Stevens; science and literature; philosophy and literature, especially pragmatism; visual arts and literature; American Colonial period and American religion; poetics; editorial board, The Wallace Stevens Journal; editorial board, Studies in American Fiction; poetry editor, The Grenfell Press.
Theory Group Field Specialization: Literary History, Criticism, and Theory
Chronological Period Specialization: American Literature to 1900|Twentieth-Century Literature


Selected Publications:

  • "The Fact of Feeling: American Aesthetics," forthcoming in REAL: Pragmatism and Literature 15, a volume published under the auspices of the John F. Kennedy Institute for North American Studies, Freie Universitat, Berlin.

  • Stevens: Collected Poetry and Prose, edited with Frank Kermode (New York: The Library of America, 1997)

  • "Emerson's Sound Effects," Raritan, Volume XVI, Number 3 (Winter 1997), pp. 83-101.

  • "Learning Stevens's Language: The Will & the Weather," in Teaching Wallace Stevens: Practical Essays, edited by John N. Serio and B.J. Leggett (Knoxville: University of Tennessee Press, 1994).

  • Wallace Stevens: The Later Years, 1923-1955, New York: Beech Tree Books/William Morrow, 1988.

  • Wallace Stevens: The Early Years, 1879-1923, New York: Beech Tree Books/William Morrow, 1986.

  • "Wallace Stevens: Toward a Biography," Raritan: A Quarterly Review, Vol. IV, No. 3 (Winter 1985), 42-65.

  • A Natural History of Pragmatism: The Fact of Feeling from Jonathan Edwards to Gertrude Stein (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, forthcoming Fall 2006).

  • "Wallace Stevens: A Likeness," in The Cambridge Companion to Wallace Stevens, ed. John N. Serio (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, forthcoming Fall 2006).

  • "Recombinant ANW: Appetites of Words," Configurations, Special Whitehead Issue, ed., Steven Meyer (Forthcoming, WInter 2006).

  • "Terms of Address: On Emerson's Lectures," Bookforum (February/March 2006), 32-33.

  • "Images, or Shadows, of Divine Things," Jonathan Edwards Tercentennial Exhibition, Selected Objects from the Yale Collections, 1703-2003, ed., Gary L. Haller (New Haven: Jonathan Edwards College, Yale University, 2003).

  • "Music Is Thinking, Then, Sound: An Aesthetic Exercise," Never Again Would Birds' Song Be the Same: Essays on Early Modern and Modern Poetry, ed., Jennifer Lewin (New Haven: Beinecke Library/ Yale University Library, 2002).

  • "The Fact of Feeling: American Aesthetics," REAL: Yearbook of Research in English and American Literature, Volume 15: Pragmatism and Literary Studies, ed. Winfried Fluck (Tubingen, Germany: Gunter Narr Verlag, 1999).

  • "Emerson's Sound Effects," Raritan: A Quarterly Review, Volume XVI, Number 3 (Winter 1997), 83-101.