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About

BA (Winnipeg) MA, PhD (McMaster)

I came to the department at Kent in September 2013, after completing a SSHRC postdoctoral fellowship in the Institute for Comparative Studies in Literature and Culture at Carleton University.  My postdoctoral project looked at the interaction between British collections of Native North American material culture during the eighteenth century and representations of the “Indian” in literary texts, as well as the ways in which First Nations objects informed and challenged European epistemologies. My book The Savage and Modern Self: North American Indians in Eighteenth-Century Literature and Culture examines the representations of North American "Indians" in novels, poetry, plays, and material culture from eighteenth-century Britain. Author Robbie Richardson argues that depictions of "Indians" in British literature were used to critique and articulate evolving ideas about consumerism, colonialism, "Britishness," and, ultimately, the "modern self" over the course of the century.

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Address

Office: W2.N6 (Rutherford)

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Publications

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Book
Richardson, R. (2018). The Savage and Modern Self: North American Indians in Eighteenth-Century British Literature and Culture. [Online]. University of Toronto Press. Available at: https://utorontopress.com/ca/the-savage-and-modern-self-1.
Book section
Richardson, R. (2013). The Site of the Struggle: Colonialism, Violence, and the Captive Body. in: Fulford, T. and Hutchings, K. eds. Native Americans and Anglo-American Culture, 1750-1850: The Indian Atlantic. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, pp. 39-55.
Article
Richardson, R. (2010). Consuming Indians: Tsonnonthouan, Colonialism, and the Commodification of Culture. Eighteenth-Century Fiction [Online] 22:693-715. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1353/ecf.0.0160.
Audio
Richardson, R. (2018). A Statue of Queen Anne and an Indian at St. Paul's: North American 'Indians' and British Modernity. [Online mp3, iTunes]. Available at: http://www.ucl.ac.uk/urbanlab/news/counterspeculations-audio-tour.
Richardson, R. (2015). "[T]he most mysterious thing in the World": British Interpretations of First Nations Material Culture. [Online mp3, iTunes]. Available at: https://sms.cam.ac.uk/media/1920339.
Edited journal
Richardson, R.J. ed. (2019). The Indigenous Eighteenth Century. Eighteenth-Century Fiction [Online]. Available at: https://ecf.humanities.mcmaster.ca/call-for-articles/.
Internet publication
Richardson, R. (2018). Allegories of America: American "Indians" and the British Imperial Imaginary [Online]. Available at: http://www.publicseminar.org/2018/06/allegories-of-america/.
Review
Richardson, R. (2017). Review of 'Indigenous London: Native Travelers at the Heart of Empire' by Coll Thrush. Journal of British Studies [Online]:704-705. Available at: https://www.cambridge.org/core/journals/journal-of-british-studies/.
Richardson, R. (2012). Review of Ponteach, or the Savages of America, A Tragedy. Eighteenth-Century Fiction [Online] 25:477-478. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1353/ecf.2012.0075.
Richardson, R. (2010). Experience Mayhew's Indian Converts: A Cultural Edition (Review). American Indian Quarterly [Online] 34:118-120. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1353/aiq.0.0085.
Richardson, R. (2009). Savages Within the Empire: Representations of American Indians in Eighteenth-Century Britain, and: Romantic Indians: Native Americans, British Literature, and Transatlantic Culture 1756–1830 (review). Eighteenth-Century Fiction [Online] 21:451-453. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1353/ecf.0.0058.
Forthcoming
Richardson, R. (2018). Review of 'Travellers Through Empire: Indigenous Voyages from Early Canada.' By Cecilia Morgan. Journal of American Ethnic History [Online]:21-22. Available at: https://www.jstor.org/journal/jamerethnhist.
Richardson, R. (2017). Entry on 'The Female American'. in: The Cambridge Guide to the Eighteenth-Century Novel, 1660-1820. Cambridge University Press. Available at: https://www.cambridge.org/.
Richardson, R. (2017). Entry on 'Tsonnonthouan'. in: The Cambridge Guide to the Eighteenth-Century Novel, 1660-1820. Cambridge University Press. Available at: https://www.cambridge.org/.
Richardson, R. (2017). Entry on 'Hermsprong, or, Man as He is Not'. in: The Cambridge Guide to the Eighteenth-Century Novel, 1660-1820. Cambridge University Press. Available at: https://www.cambridge.org/.
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Research supervision

I am interested in supervising students in any area of eighteenth-century British literature, and am particularly interested in interdisciplinary research.  My own interests include transatlantic exchange, subject formation, material culture, including the history of collecting, antiquarianism, and museums, First Nations studies, colonial discourse, and the rise of consumerism and popular culture.

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Professional activities

Peer review and copy editing for Eighteenth-Century Fiction; Member, Canadian Society For Eighteenth-Century Studies.

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Last Updated: 22/06/2018