Jill Richards

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Assistant Professor of English
63 High St, New Haven, CT 06511-6642

Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley, 2014
B.A., New York University, 2006

I work across a number of 20th century genres and national traditions, with a particular emphasis on modernism from a transnational perspective. My first book manuscript, Inhumanities: Women’s Rights, Human Rights, and the International Avant-Gardes, is a feminist and queer counter-history of liberal human rights. Moving from the military trials of the pétroleuse to queer resistance cells active during the Second World War, I argue that first wave feminists and the avant-gardes offered one another a conceptual language to reimagine subjects exceptional to the “rights of man and citizen.” The project follows these dialogues through the revolutionary upheavals peppering the late 19th and early 20th centuries, ultimately locating, amongst feminists, early socialists, and the avant-gardes, a radical alternative to liberal human rights discourses in formation at the same historical moment. My second academic book is a global history of young adult literature from the 1880s to the present.


global modernism, gender and sexuality, citizenship, human rights, critical legal theory, revolution, social movements, cinema, avant-gardes, young adult literature


- “Serializing the Political Spectrum: Post-9/11 Television, from Left to Right” Journal of Popular Film and Television (forthcoming September 2017)

- Pussy Wars, Los Angeles Review of Books (2017)

- Bros in Paradise: Richard Linklater’s Everybody Wants Some!, Los Angeles Review of Books (2016)

- The Slow Burn: A Summer of Elena Ferrante’s Neapolitan NovelsPost45: Contemporaries (2015)

- Women, Weepies, and The Fault in Our StarsPost 45: Contemporaries (2014)

- Model Citizens and Millenarian Subjects: Vorticism, Suffrage, and the Great UnrestJournal of Modern Literature 37:3 (2014)  

- Berlin Alexanderplatz’s Serial WomenCamera Obscura: Feminism, Culture, and Media Studies 28:3 (2013)

- On Avant-Gardes and Hopeless Places, with Chris Nealon, Juliana Spahr, Joshua Clover, Seeta Chaganti, Tim Kreiner, Jasper Bernes, The Volta: Evening Will Come, Issue 29 (2013)

- Communiqués from Montreal, (French translation) Reclamations Blog (2012)

- ‘The History of Error’: Hardy’s Critics and the Self UnseenVictorian Poetry 45.2 (2007)


Modern British Novel; The Human and Human Rights; Young Adult Dystopian Novel; Feminist and Queer Theory; Major English Poets


Sex and Citizenship