Gary Richards

Gary Richards
  • Engl, Ling & Communication
  • Academic Degrees

    • M.A., Ph.D., Vanderbilt University
    • B.A., Trinity University
  • Areas of Expertise

    • Southern Literature and Culture
    • American Fiction
    • Contemporary Drama
    • Sexuality Studies

Gary Richards, Associate Professor of English and Chair of the Department of English, Linguistics, and Communication, earned a Ph.D. (1996) and a M.A. (1992) from Vanderbilt University and a B.A. (1991) from Trinity University in San Antonio. He is an expert on southern literature and culture, American fiction, contemporary drama, and sexuality studies.

His book, Lovers and Beloveds: Sexual Otherness in Southern Fiction, 1936-1961 (2005), was named a Choice Outstanding Academic Title in 2005. He has contributed chapters to several books, including most recently “Southern Drama” in The Cambridge Companion to the Literature of the American South (2013) and “Everybody’s Graphic Protest Novel: Stuck Rubber Baby and the Anxieties of Racial Difference” in Comics and the U.S. South (2012). His essay “Tennessee Williams and the Burden of Southern Sexuality Studies” is forthcoming in The Oxford Handbook of U.S. Southern Literature. He has also published essays and reviews in Journal of American Studies, North Carolina Literary Review, Mississippi Quarterly, and Southern Quarterly, among other publications.

Dr. Richards teaches courses in southern literature, modern American fiction, American humor, contemporary American fiction and drama, and sexuality in southern literature.

For his teaching, he has received the 2003 International Alumni Association Award for Excellence in Teaching at the University of New Orleans and the 2012 Mary W. Pinschmidt Award at the University of Mary Washington. The latter is selected by students for the professor “we are most likely to remember as the one who had the greatest impact on our lives.”

Dr. Richards was awarded a Jepson Fellowship for the academic year 2011-2012 and has been awarded a sabbatical for 2014-2015.

Read Dr. Richards’ essay “The Artful and Crafty Ones of the French Quarter: Male Homosexuality and Faulkner’s Early Prose Writings.”

Read Dr. Richards’ essay “Moving Beyond Mississippi: Beth Henley and the Anxieties of Postsouthernness.”

Watch Dr. Richards’ interviews for the Biography Channel on Harper Lee, William Faulkner and Truman Capote.