Jill Richards

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Assistant Professor of English
63 High St, New Haven, CT 06511-6642
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On Leave Academic Year 2016-2017

Interests: transatlantic modernism, the novel, avant-gardes, gender and sexuality, revolution, citizenship, women’s social movements, human rights law, cinema, young adult fiction

I work across a number of 20th century genres and national traditions, with a particular emphasis in British modernism. My book manuscript, Fire-Starters: Women’s Rights, Human Rights, and the International Avant-Gardes, is a feminist counter-history of rights and revolution. Moving from the military trials of the pétroleuse to queer resistance cells active during the Second World War, I argue that women’s movements 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 women’s movements, early socialist currents, and avant-gardes, a radical alternative to liberal human rights discourses in formation at the same historical moment. My second book project, Adolescence and Austerity, is a theory of young adult literature from the 1970s to the present.


The Slow Burn: A Summer of Elena Ferrante’s Neapolitan Novels,” Post45: Contemporaries (2015)

Women, Weepies, and The Fault in Our Stars,” Post 45: Contemporaries (2014)

Model Citizens and Millenarian Subjects: Vorticism, Suffrage, and the Great Unrest,” Journal of Modern Literature 37:3 (2014)  

Berlin Alexanderplatz’s Serial Women,” Camera 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 Unseen,” Victorian Poetry 45.2 (2007)


Undergraduate: Modern British Novel; The Human and Human Rights