Brian Richardson’s primary fields of interest are international modernism, postmodern fiction, narrative theory, and the history of the novel. The authors he has worked most extensively on include Conrad, Joyce, Woolf, and Beckett. He is especially interested in unusual, experimental, and antirealist texts, and is developing a theory of “unnatural narratives” to account for them. He has also taught at the University of Florida, the University of Tübingen, and Aarhus University.
Ph.D., University of Washington, 1988
“The Poetics of Lists and the Boundaries of Narrative,” Style 50 (forthcoming), 2016.
“Unusual and Unnatural Narrative Sequences,” Narrative Sequence in Contemporary Narratology, eds. Françoise Revaz and Raphaël Baroni, Ohio State UP, 2016.
“Silence, Progression, and Narrative Collapse in Conrad’s Plots,” Conradiana, 46.2 2015.
“The Difference of Fiction,” in Life and Narrative: The Risks and Responsibilities of Storying Experience, ed. Brian Schiff, Oxford, forthcoming, 2015.
“The Use and Abuse of Reading in Lolita,” Nabokov Studies 13 (2014).
Unnatural Voices, winner of the Perkins Prize for the best book in narrative studies of 2006
Narrative Theory selected as an “outstanding academic title” for 2012 by Choice
Visiting Scholar Grant, Institute for Aesthetics and Communication, Aarhus University, 2013
Scholar in Residence, University of Bologna, Spring 2014
Plenary Speaker, Contemporary Drama in English Conf, Augsburg (Germany), 2006
International Narratology Conference, Nanchang University (China), 2007.
Unnatural Narratology Conference, University of Freiburg (Germany), 2008.
“The Contemporary: An International Conference” 2011, Singapore,
European Narratology Network Conference, 2013, Paris
Winner of the Graduate English Organization’s Faculty Service Award, 1998-99
Vice President and President, Joseph Conrad Society of America, 2006-2012
Vice President and President, International Society for the Study of Narrative, 2009-2011