Cynthia Richards, Ph.D.
Professor of English
Hollenbeck Hall 108
Dr. Richards fell in love with literature during a seminar on John Keats her first semester at Brown University, where she earned her B.A. in 1984, and although she redirected her passions toward eighteenth-century literature during her graduate days at New York University (Ph.D 1996) she has remained a committed teacher and scholar ever since. Her teaching interests include eighteenth-century literature, the woman writer, war, romance, and how the study of all of the above intersects with living a meaningful life. A Fulbright Scholar, she is co-editor of Approaches to Teaching Behnâ€™s Oroonoko and editor of Mary Wollstonecraftâ€™s The Wrong of Woman paired with William Godwinâ€™s Memoirs of Wollstonecraftâ€™s life. Widely published, Dr. Richards is also a contributing editor for The Scriblerian. From 2009-2015, she chaired the department.
- Lawrence Ruff Visiting Chair in Eighteenth-Century Studies, University of Dayton, Spring 2016
- Woman of the Year, Wittenberg University, 2014 and 2015
- Fulbright Alumni Ambassador, 2009-2010
- Fulbright Scholar, 2004-2005, Czech Republic
- American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies Innovative Teaching Award, 2002 (Transatlantic Connections)
- Omicron Delta Kappa Excellence in Teaching Award 2000
Courses Taught (selected)
- Theorizing Tristram Shandy
- Editing the Classics: Topics in Advanced Composition
- Making Romance: Themes and Traditions in Literature
- English 101E: Memory, Memorial and Restitution
- Private Matters, Social Networks: Reading the Eighteenth Century in a Digital Age
- Bad Girls: From Eve to Mary Wollstonecraft (Women and Literature I)
- Love and War in the Eighteenth Century
- Transatlantic Connections: Studies in the Eighteenth Century
- Literary Form and Interpretation: The Language of Love and Loss
- British Literary Genealogies: Inventing the Self
- Honors Seminar: The Darkness Within
- Ph.D. New York University 1996
- B.A. Brown University 1984
- Eighteenth-Century Literature
- Women and Gender Studies
- Aphra Behn
- Mary Wollstonecraft
- Trauma Theory
- Disability Studies
- Co-Editor (with Mary Ann Oâ€™Donnell), Approaches to Teaching Behnâ€™s Oroonoko, (New York: MLA, 2013).
- Editor, The Wrongs of Woman; or Maria and Memoirs of the Authors of â€œA Vindication of the Rights of Woman,â€ with introduction, notes, inter-text essays, appendices (Glen Allen, VA: College Publishing, 2003).
- â€œWit at War: The Poetry of John Wilmot and the Trauma of War,â€ Eighteenth-Century Fiction (Fall 2014).
- â€œAnger and the Liberated Girl,â€ Mary Wollstonecraft: Interpretations and Reflections, ed. Michaela Mudure. (Cluj-Napoca, Romania: Napoca Star Publishing, 2014).
- â€œTransatlantic Crossings: Teaching Oroonoko with The Widow Ranter,â€ Approaches to Teaching Behnâ€™s Oroonoko, MLA World Literature Teaching Series (New York: MLA, 2013).
- â€œInterrogating Oroonoko: Torture in Oroonoko and a Fiction of Power,â€ Eighteenth-Century Fiction (Summer 2013).
- â€œTo Whom Does the New World Belong? Teaching The Widow Ranter in a Transatlantic Context,â€ Approaches to Teaching British Women Playwrights of the Restoration and Eighteenth Century, MLA World Literature Teaching Series (New York: MLA, 2010).
- â€œThe Body of Her Work, The Work of Her Body: Accounting for the Life and Death of Mary Wollstonecraft,â€ Eighteenth-Century Fiction (Summer 2009).
- â€œRomancing the Sublime; Why Mary Wollstonecraft fell in love with that cad Gilbert Imlay,â€ Tulsa Studies in Womenâ€™s Literature (Spring 2006).
- â€œRevising History, â€˜Dumbing Down,â€™ and Imposing Silence: Understanding the Later Career of Mary Hays,â€ Eighteenth-Century Women 3 (November 2003).
- â€œFair Trade: The Language of Love and Commerce in Mary Wollstonecraftâ€™s Letters Written During a Short Residence in Sweden, Norway, and Denmark,â€ Studies in Eighteenth-Century Culture 30 (Spring 2000).
- â€œThe â€˜Pleasures of Complicityâ€™: Sympathetic Identification and the Female Reader in Early Eighteenth-Century Amatory Fiction,â€ The Eighteenth Century: Theory and Interpretation (Fall 1995).
- â€œSylvia: The Unintended Female Reader in Aphra Behnâ€™s Love-Letters between a Nobleman and His Sister,â€ Michigan Feminist Studies (Spring 1995).