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Joan Richardson
Position: Distinguished Professor of English and Comparative Literature
Campus Affiliation: Graduate Center
Phone: 212-817-8316
Room Number: 4116.02
Office Hours: 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.
Specialization: Early American Literature|Literature after 1945|Modernism|Nineteenth-Century US Literature|Philosophy and Literature|Poetics and Aesthetic Theory|Twenty-first-Century and Contemporary Literature|Visual Culture

Selected Publications:


  •  How to Live.What To Do: Thirteen Ways of Looking at Wallace Stevens (University of Iowa Press, 2018).
  • Images, Shadows of Divine Things: A Secular Spiritual Autobiography, in progress; project for which 2012-13 Guggenheim Fellowship awarded.
  • Pragmatism and American Experience (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2014).
  • A Natural History of Pragmatism: The Fact of Feeling from Jonathan Edwards to  Gertrude Stein (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2007).                    
  • Wallace Stevens: Collected Poetry and Prose, ed., with Frank Kermode (New York: The Library of America, 1997).
  • Wallace Stevens: The Later Years, 1923-1955 (New York: Beech Tree Books/William Morrow & Co., 1988).
  • Wallace Stevens: The Early Years, 1879-1923 (New York: Beech Tree Books/William Morrow & Co., 1986).
  • Humanism, Science, and Technology, in-house text and workbook, La Guardia Community College, 1985.

Chapters in Books/Essays:

  • “’Ghostlier Demarcations, Keener Sounds’: Stevens, Susan Howe, and The Souls of the Labadie Tract in Poetry and Poetics after Wallace Stevens (London: Bloomsbury Press, forthcoming 2016)
  • “The ‘James Boys’ and Science,” The Cambridge Companion to Literature and Science, ed. Steven J. Meyer (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, forthcoming 2016).
  • “It’s About Time: Stanley Cavell’s Memory Palace,” Raritan: A Quarterly Review, Winter 2012, Volume XXXI, Number 3, 119-37.
  • “Thinking in Cavell: The Transcendentalist Strain,” in Stanley Cavell: Philosophy, Literature and Criticism, ed. James Loxley and Andrew Taylor (Manchester and New York: Manchester University Press, 2012), pp. 199-225.
  • “Pragmatism…she widens the field of search for God,” in Revisioning Pragmatism: William James in the New Millennium, ed. Susanne Rohr and Miriam Strube (Heidelberg, Germany: Winter Verlag, 2011), pp. 27-42.
  • “Deadwood: ‘Unalterable Vibrations,’ or Varieties of American Religious Experience,” The Hopkins Review, New Series, 3.3 (Summer 2010), 376-405.
  • “The Transcendentalist Strain: An Interview with Stanley Cavell,” Bookforum, Volume 16, Issue 6 (April/May 2010), 5-8.
  • “Wallace Stevens and Henry James: Questions and Answers,” The Wallace Stevens Journal, Volume 34, Number 1 (Spring 2010), 86-95.
  • “Crash Course: On Morris Dickstein’s Dancing in the Dark: A Cultural History of the Great Depression,” Bookforum, Volume 16, Issue 3 (September/October/November 2009), 14.
  •  “Recombinant ANW: Appetites of Words,” Configurations, Volume 13, Number 1, Special Issue, ed. Steven J. Meyer (Winter 2007), 117-133. (ANW are the initials of Alfred North Whitehead.)
  • “Motion Research: On Angus Fletcher, The Scientific Revolution, and Language,”
  • Bookforum, Volume 14, Issue 3 (September/October/November 2007), 40.
  • “Wallace Stevens: A Likeness,” in The Cambridge Companion to Wallace Stevens, ed. John N. Serio (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2006), pp. 8-23.
  • “Terms of Address: On Emerson’s Lectures,” Bookforum, Volume 12, Issue 5 (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), 42-43. 
  • “Milton and Angels,” with Ann Lauterbach, in Milton and the Grounds of Contention, ed. John T. Shawcross, Michael Lieb, Mark R. Kelley (Pittsburgh: Duquesne University Press, 2003).
  • “Music is Thinking, Then, Sound: An Aesthetic Exercise,” in Never Again Would Birds’ Song Be the Same: Essays on Early Modern and Modern Poetry, ed. Jennifer Lewin (New Haven: Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library/Yale University, 2002), pp. 206-222. Ken Gill: Stone Circle Series, Catalogue Essay (Vienna, Austria: Galerie Ernst Hilger, 2000).
  • “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), pp. 3-29. [check pp.]
  • “Emerson’s Sound Effects,” Raritan: A Quarterly Review, Volume XVI, Number 3 (Winter 1997), 83-101.
  • Michalis Manoussakis: Sacred Play, Catalogue Essay (Athens, Greece: Zoumboulakis Gallery, 1997).  Yannis Paraskevadis: Sea, Memory, and Mind, Catalogue Essay (Athens, Greece: Titanium Gallery, 1995).
  • “Learning Stevens’s Language: The Will & The Weather,” in Teaching Wallace Stevens: Practical Essays, ed. John N. Serio and B. J. Leggett (Knoxville: University of Tennessee Press, 1994), pp. 140-166.
  • “Literature of the United States,” The HarperCollins World Reader ed. Mary Ann Caws and Christopher Prendergast (New York: HarperCollins, 1994).
  • “Wallace Stevens: New York 1914,” Ways of Knowing, ed. John Brockman (New York: Prentice Hall, 1992).
  • “Relative to Relativity, or, It’s About Time,” Ways of Knowing, ed. John Brockman (New York: Prentice Hall, 1992).
  • “Metaphor Master,” The Review of Contemporary Fiction, Joseph McElroy Issue, Volume 10, Number 1 (Spring 1990), 156-172.
  • “Another Reality Club: Francis Bacon Meets Wallace Stevens in New York,” in The Reality Club, ed. John Brockman (New York: Lynx Books, 1988), pp. 303-317.
  • “There is No Sound in an Empty Room: Wallace Stevens and The Sound of Words,” The Whole Earth Review, Volume 55 (Summer 1987), 62-80.
  • “Wallace Stevens: Toward a Biography,” Raritan: A Quarterly Review, Volume IV, Number 3 (Winter 1985), 42-65.
  • “Cutting New Paths to Learning,” City University News and Review, Volume 4, Number 2 (April-May 1983), 14.
  • “Wallace Stevens: poesia pura, poeta puritano,” La Gaceta, Number 148 (April 1983), 21-28.
  • “Giotto and Hypno,” Liminar, Volume 13, Number 14 (January 1983), 88.
  • “A Reading of ‘Sea Surface Full of Clouds’,” The Wallace Stevens Journal, Volume VI, Numbers 3-4 (Fall 1982), 60-68.
  • “Liberal Arts: A New Approach,” with Neil Rossman, Aita: Philosophy-Humanities Magazine, Volume 9, Number 2 (Spring 1982), 6-16.