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Richard Sha

Chair, Department of Literature
Department of Literature

  • Additional Positions at AU

    Affiliate Professor of Philosophy
    Member, Center for Behavioral Neuroscience
  • Professor Sha teaches courses in Nineteenth-Century Literature, especially British Romanticism and in Asian American Literature. He has drafted a new book entitled,  Science and Imagination in Romanticism, 1750-1850, for which he has received a 2012-13 NEH Fellowship and a 2008 Grant from the American Philosophical Society. He is the author of Perverse Romanticism: Aesthetics and Sexuality in Britain, 1750-1832 (Johns Hopkins UP, 2009) and The Visual and Verbal Sketch in British Romanticism (Penn Press, 1998). He has won the University faculty Award for Excellence in Teaching in General Education (2002) and the award for Teaching Excellence (2004) bestowed by the University Undergraduate Student Confederation. In 2012, he was named AU's "Scholar Teacher of the Year." Together with Joel Faflak, he edited a volume of critical essays on Romanticism and the Emotions that was published by Cambridge UP in 2014.  He has recently been invited to speak at the Centro Interdisciplinare di Studi Romantici in Bologna, the Keats-Shelley House in Rome, the National Library of Medicine, and West Virginia University, at the Extended Cognition Project in Edinburgh, and at a conference on Medicine and Visual Culture at Georgetown.
  • Degrees

    PhD, English Literature, University of TX at Austin
    MA, English Literature, U TX at Austin
    BA with Honors, U. Pennsylvania
  • Book Currently Reading:

    Andy Clark's Supersizing the Mind

    Languages Spoken:

    French and Spoken Mandarin
    Some Italian
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Area of Expertise: Painting, poetry, British romanticism, history of sexuality and romantic science

Additional Information: Richard C. Sha
is the author of Perverse Romanticism: Aesthetics and Sexuality in Britain, 1750-1832 (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2008). He is also author of The Visual and Verbal Sketch in British Romanticism (1998).

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