Professor Angelique Richardson
*New* In collaboration with the Royal Society and Professor David Stack at Reading Richardson will be co-supervising an AHRC DTP Collaborative Doctoral Award from September 2023 by a PhD student working on Eugenics at the Royal Society 1860-1950.
Professor Angelique Richardson works on the history of science and literature at the University of Exeter. She is a member of staff in the department of English and the Centres for the Medical History and Victorian Studies, University of Exeter, a research associate of Egenis, the Centre for the Study of Life Sciences, and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. Her PhD was in the history of science, medicine and literature and she works on the uses and misuses of science and on reformers and class revolutionaries from Malthus, Marx and Mona Caird to the Russian anarchist Kropotkin, and on European and Russian literature from the Brontës, Gaskell and Eliot to Gide, Thomas Mann, Zola and Tolstoy. She supervises and mentors PhD researchers working on a range of subjects including e.g. political prisoners in Ireland and Palestine, eugenics in Britian and China, hunger strikes, feminist writers in Kenya, censorship, Victorian fake news, decolonising and the limits of white British feminism. She recently won the English Guild Teaching Award.
Richardson leads the Hardy's Correspondents project at Exeter, in collaboration with Dorset Museum and Exeter's Digitial Humanities Lab. Phase one of the project was launched in Exeter in November 2019 - see here for an article on the project in The Times and, for BBC radio interviews, see here, here and here!
In 2019 Richardson contributed to the BBC documentary Decadence and Degeneration and was consulted for the BBC documentary Eugenics: Science's Greatest Scandal. As visiting professor at Zhejiang University she gave keynotes on British racial thought from the Brontës to Brexit and on science and the novel at Zhejiang and Hangzhou Normal Universities respectively. She also gave a keynote at the British Society for Literature and Science conference and talks on past and present racism at a workshop at KCL, on 'Nation, Biology and the Far Right' and on Brexit, class oppression and regionalism in November. In 2020 she is giving keynotes in Belgium and Canada, and research papers at Oxford as well as to The University of the Third Age (U3A).
She has recently published on discourses of resilience, including in schools, and how they feed a neo-liberal agenda.
Latest book After Darwin: Animals, Emotions, and the Mind (reviewed in Psychology Today, Victorian Studies; The British Journal for the History of Science, Social History of Medicine, George Eliot Review, The British Society for Literature and Science; see George Levine, George Eliot Review).
Latest journal issue: Special Issue of Literature Compass on Global Hardy. New chapter 'Who Was the New Woman?', in Laura Marcus, Michèle Mendelssohn, and Kirsten Shepherd-Barr, Late Victorian into Modern, 1880-1920 (paperback, Oxford University Press, 2019), shortlisted for the 2017 Modernist Studies Association Book Prize, and articles 'Archives, Regions and Audiences in a Time of Austerity' in the Hardy Society Journal (2019) and 'Thomas Hardy's Radical Politics' in the English Review (2018).
Richardson has also contributed to the BBC Radio 4 Today programme, Woman's Hour and BBC 1 News; recent Times Literary Supplement reviews on Victorian science and poetry, Darwin's prose and Hardy's letters.
See Richardson's piece for World Book Day 2018 on Thomas Hardy in @ConversationUK and a recent piece in the Times Education Supplement on working with schools https://www.tes.com/news/gcse-english-new-exciting-approaches
Richardson is also a member of the Centre for Victorian Studies, the Centre for Literature and Archives, the Centre for Medical History, on whose Advisory Board she sits, and a Research Associate of Egenis. She has a BA in English Language and Literature from the University of Oxford, and an MA and PhD in the history of literature and science from Birkbeck, University of London. She welcomes enquiries and proposals from prospective PhD students from the EU and rest of the world on class and gender politics; the rise of racial thinking, and racism; nineteenth- and twentieth-century literature and science; nineteenth- and early twentieth-century prose (from William Cobbett, Harriet Martineau and Darwin to the Humanitarian League), poetry and fiction (including Gaskell, George Eliot, Hardy, Wells and Forster), and the New Woman; on animals studies; archives; and digital humanities.
As sole or co-supervisor Richardson has supervised 25 PhD students to successful completion and she currently supervises several projects ranging from the class and race limitations of British feminism, British eugenics, misinformation, fake news and the periodical press, responses to censorship, and Hardy and the culture of letter writing (Collaborative Doctoral Award funded by the AHRC). She is also supervising six AHRC-funded South, West and Wales Doctoral Training Partnership (SWW DTP) PhD researchers in collaboration with the Universities of Bristol, Cardiff, Reading and Southampton, including two Hardy, Dorset and the wider world Collaborative Doctoral Awards in collaboration with Southampton, Dorset Museum and Dorset History Centre.
Richardson has recently given invited talks at the University of Oxford Victorian Research Seminar and at the University of Oxford Department of Continuing Education, as well as a number of public lectures including at the Royal Albert Memorial Museum in Exeter and at Dorset Museum, and for the Thomas Hardy Society Study Days in 2023 and 2022 and, with Helen Angear, in 2017, 2018 and 2019.
Richardson has published widely on nineteenth-century science, literature and culture, and has additional research interests in museums, archives and digital humanities. She is committed to public engagement in both her teaching and research and from 2012-15 she was Public Engagement Officer for University English; over the last five years she has been developing collaborations with local government, museums and the National Trust. She is co-chair of the Hardy Country Partnership and leader of the partnership's education strategy.
Richardson's monograph Love and Eugenics in the Late Nineteenth century made a major intervention both in the history of medicine and literary studies, revealing the extent to which racial thinking and class hostility permeated Victorian and early twentieth-century culture: 'excellently researched and vigorously argued, ranging across literary theory, sociology, social history, and psychology. The strength of Richardson’s work lies not only in its scope but in its attentiveness. It is bold in argument and exact in evidence, advancing a fresh and individual line of thought’ (Gillian Beer).
More recently, After Darwin: Animals, Emotions, and the Mind is recognised as 'bringing together science and ethics and challenging the boundaries of our notion of interdisciplinarity: ‘After Darwin provokes profound ethical concerns for the kinds of humanities disciplines that are involved in the academic field of Victorian studies’ (Victorian Studies); ‘Interdisciplinary studies of Darwin are not a new phenomenon. Richardson’s book, however, retains freshness and specificity through the choice to focus, not upon the Origin or the Descent, but upon Darwin’s less cited but enormously influential book of 1872, The Expression of the Emotions in Man and Animals'; After Darwin 'ultimately tests the boundaries of our notion of interdisciplinarity, presenting it as being less an area of study than a mode of experience' (The British Society for Literature and Science).
Richardson is the editor or co-editor of nine collections or special journal issues. Her monograph The Politics of Thomas Hardy, which she is writing for Oxford University Press, brings her expertise in Victorian science to her research on Hardy. Richardson is Associate Editor-in-Chief of the peer-reviewed Forum for World Literature Studies, sponsored by Shanghai Normal University, Purdue University and the Wuhan Institute for Humanities; 19: Interdisciplinary Studies in the Long Nineteenth Century; the Hardy Review and the Thomas Hardy Journal, and she is literary editor of the Proceedings of the Dorset Natural History and Archaeological Society.
For a full list of publications, see further below
Latest book: After Darwin: Animals, Emotions, and the Mind (reviewed in Psychology Today, Victorian Studies; The British Journal for the History of Science, Social History of Medicine, George Eliot Review, The British Society for Literature and Science; see George Levine, George Eliot Review). The Politics of Thomas Hardy: Biology: Character, Culture and Environment is forthcoming with Oxford University Press.
Richardson has published widely on nineteenth-century science, literature and culture, and has related research interests in digital humanities. She holds a PhD and Victorian Studies MA from the University of London and a BA in English Language and Literature from the University of Oxford, and she welcomes PhD students in literature and science; on nineteenth-century prose and fiction, including Darwin, Eliot and Hardy; and on digital humanties (see Supervision). A founding member of Exeter's Centre for Victorian Studies (CVS) in 2001, she has worked with colleagues to develop its richly interdisciplinary focus. In the last seven years she has supervised to successful completion ten PhD students, most of whom are now working in higher education or education, and she currently supervises six PhD students working on aspects of literature and science, Darwin, and Victorian literature, including Hardy Studies. She was elected to the newly created (joint) post of Public Engagement Officer for University English (formerly CCUE) in April 2012, and relected to the University English executive committee for a third two-year term in April 2013. In 2014 she gave a keynote addess at the Postgraduate Medical Humanities conference at Exeter and she has recently given invited talks at the University of Oxford Victorian Research Seminar and at the University of Oxford Department of Continuing Education, as well as a number of public lectures including for the Thomas Hardy Society in 2017 and at the Royal Albert Memorial Museum in Exeter and at Dorset County Museum. She will be giving a keynote for the Hardy Society, in collaboration with the Universities of Exeter and Hull, in 2018.
Richardson is involved with various national and international projects within Hardy Studies, and she is working with local government and the cultural heritage sector on taking the study and enjoyment of Hardy beyond the academic research community (see engagement and impact). She co-organised the Hardy at Yale conference in 2011, and co-founded the International Postgraduate Symposium at the Hardy Conference and Festival in Dorchester. She is also lead supervisor of two AHRC-funded South, West and Wales Doctoral Training Partnership (SWW DTP) PhD students in collaboration with Reading and in 2018 she will be lead supervisor on a SWW DTP Collaborative Doctoral Award, Hardy, Dorset and the wider world, in collaboration with Southampton, Dorset County Museum (DCM) and Dorset History Centre. She is also supervising an AHRC Research and Enterprise in Arts and Creative Technology (REACT) Collaborative Doctoral Award student with DCM, ‘Thomas Hardy and Heritage’ In 2012 she received Great Western Research funding, in collaboration with the National Trust, for a PhD CDA project on Hardy and Education which explored the appeal and study of Hardy beyond the academic research community. Since 2012 she has organised a public lecture series in collaboration with the National Trust and Dorset County Museum.
Richardson sits on the editorial board of the peer-reviewed Forum for World Literature Studies, sponsored by Shanghai Normal University, Purdue University and the Wuhan Institute for Humanities, the Hardy Review and the Thomas Hardy Journal, is literary editor of the Proceedings of the Dorset Natural History and Archaeological Society, and is a member of the Thomas Hardy Society and the Thomas Hardy Association. She has published a number of articles and chapters on Hardy and her forthcoming monograph Thomas Hardy and Biology: Character, Culture and Environment brings her expertise in Victorian science to her research on Hardy. She is also editing a special issue of Literature Compass on Global Hardy, which forms part of the Global Circulation Project. She has recently given invited research papers for the Centre for Medical History Seminar Series, Exeter, the London Nineteenth-Century Studies Seminar and the Institute of English Studies Modernism Seminar, and public lectures for Wordquest http://www.dartmoor.co.uk/events/aune-head-arts-and-hardys-connection-with-devon-p1294993, and at Dorset County Museum and the Royal Albert Memorial Museum.
Richardson is especially interested in the exchange of ideas between science and culture, from Malthus and Darwin to the present, and in ideas, contemporary and Victorian, about the relations between nature and culture. Her earlier work confronted biologistic thinking and the search to explain the social in biological terms; she is now working on ways in which biology, separated from repressive social and political agendas, has the potential to offer a basis for social co-operation and mutuality. She has published, most recently in Science, Literature, and Darwin’s Legacy, a special issue of 19: Interdisciplinary Studies in the Long Nineteenth Century, on ways in which postgenomic biology recapitulates Victorian insight. In 2012 she was an invited speaker at the Southampton AHRC workshop 'Beyond the Gene: epigenetic science in 21st century culture' and at the British Academy Havelock Ellis colloquium (Wellcome Trust, London) . Last year she gave a public lecture at the Royal Albert Memorial Museum on Darwin and the natural historians, and a talk at a study weekend on the Victorians at the Royal Albert Memorial Museum, and an invited paper at the Cambridge Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities conference on Darwin and Human Nature. In 2011 she gave an invited paper at the Cambridge History and Philosophy of Science Communicating Reproduction conference, which forms part of the Wellcome Trust Generation to Reproduction strategic award, and was also an invited respondent at a workshop on literature and the history of science, technology and medicine in the long nineteenth century, at the University of Aberdeen; she also gave an invited paper on neo-Malthusianism for the Malthus Reading Group sponsored by King's College London. In 2010 she presented a research paper at the British Society for Literature and Science Conference and in 2009 she gave a talk at the Darwin our Contemporary conference in Siegen, sponsored by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG). Her work with schools includes Dear Mr Darwin, which she organised in collaboration with the Darwin Correspondence Project.
Richardson is co-author and editor of After Darwin: Animals, Emotions, and the Mind (2013). This peer-reviewed volume brings together scholars from the disciplines of biology, the history of medicine, social history, the philosophy of science, English, and psychology, and is developed from her Wellcome Trust-sponsored symposium on Darwin, Medicine and the Humanities. Richardson's Critical Quarterly Special Issue on Essentialism in Science and Culture was published online and in print in 2011. She organised British Academy-funded cross-disciplinary workshops on essentialism and biology and culture in 2010 and 2011. These were attended by biologists, historians of medicine, classicists, sociologists, literary and legal scholars and medical practitioners from the UK, USA and mainland Europe; details can be found at the project website.
Richardson is a member of Exeter's Wellcome Trust-funded Centre for Medical History, on whose Advisory Board she sits, and the Centre for Southwest Writing; she is also a Research Associate of The ESRC Centre for Genomics in Society (Egenis) . She is a member of the Institute of English Studies, the British Association of Victorian Studies (BAVS), The North American Victorian Studies Association (NAVSA) and the UCSC Dickens Project.
Richardson's Love and Eugenics in the late Nineteenth Century: Rational Reproduction and the New Woman (Oxford University Press, 2003; paperback 2008), reveals the development of biologistic thinking and the shaping influence of eugenics in Victorian Britain (please see Angelique's CV for reviews). Richardson is the editor of a collection of American and British short stories, Women Who Did: Stories by Men and Women 1890-1914 (Penguin Classics, 2005), and co-editor of Eugenics Old and New (2007), a special issue of New Formations ; Victorian Boundaries, a special issue of the Journal of Victorian Literature and Culture (2004); and The New Woman in Fiction and in Fact: Fin de Siècle Feminisms (Palgrave, 2001) (see Angelique's CV for reviews). Richardson is also on the Editorial Board of 19: Interdisciplinary Studies in the Long Nineteenth Century. She writes regularly for the TLS (see e.g. http://www.the-tls.co.uk/tls/public/article1285627.ece; http://www.the-tls.co.uk/tls/public/article1055226.ece), reviews, and reads manuscripts, for the leading international journals in nineteenth-century studies, including Victorian Studies, the Journal of Victorian Culture, and the Journal of Victorian Literature and Culture, and in the history of science, including Isis, and for several publishers, including OUP. She peer reviews grant proposals for the Wellcome Trust and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC). In the last 10 years she has given invited research papers at over 30 international and national conferences and seminars.
- Monographs, Books and Journal Editions
The Politics of Thomas Hardy: Biology: Character, Culture and Environment (monograph, forthcoming)
- ‘Hardy: Diverse Audiences’ Special Issue, Literature Compass (Wiley, 2016) (Editor and Contributor: Including contributions from scholars in Brazil, China, Japan, Russia, UK and USA)
- After Darwin: Animals, Emotions, and the Mind ed, A. Richardson (Rodopi, 2013) Editor and Contributor. (My contribution: 40,000 words) 385 pp.
Psychology Today, Victorian Studies; The British Journal for the History of Science, 48(3), George Eliot Review,
- — Victorian Literature: A Sourcebook ed. J. Plunkett, A. Vadillo, R. Gagnier, A.Richardson, R. Rylance, P. Young (Palgrave, 2012) xviii + 306 pp. (Co-editor and contributor. Responsible for section on Victorian Gender and Sexuality, 14,000 words including introduction and headnotes)
- — Essentialism in Science and Culture, ed. A. Richardson Critical Quarterly Special Issue 53.4 (2011), 104 pp. British Academy-sponsored http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/criq.2011.53.issue-4/issuetoc (Editor and contributor)
- — Eugenics Old and New Special Issue, ed. C. Burdett and A. Richardson, New Formations 60 (2007) (175 pp.)
- — Women Who Did: Stories by Men and Women, 1890–1914 ed. A.Richardson (Penguin Classics, 2005), (Editor and contributor. 25,000-word introduction, lxxxix + 436 pp. )
- Reviewed in Choice, Washington Post, Thomas Hardy Journal. Review on Amazon: 'Women Who Did was a revelation. Amazingly enough the part I enjoyed most was the introduction. ... A book to read from cover to cover or dip into when you want a story of no more than ten pages. 60 citations on Google Scholar
- — Victorian Boundaries ed. R.Gagnier and A.Richardson, Special Issue, Journal of Victorian Literature and Culture 32 (2004), pp. 397–628
- — Love and Eugenics in the late Nineteenth Century: Rational Reproduction and the New Woman (Oxford University Press, 2003), xviii + 250 pp. Paperbacked in 2008.
Victorian Studies; History Workshop Journal; Studies in English Literature,1500-1900; Women, A Cultural Review ; Journal of the History of Sexuality; Medical History; Peer English; Health and History; Galton; Newsletter; The Skeptic; Thomas Hardy Journal; Literature Compass; Women's History Review; Textual Practice; College Literature ; The British Journal for the History of Science; The Year's Work in English Studies; Revue d'histoire du XIXe siècle; H-Net (Humanities and Social Sciences on Line); Choice
150 citations on Google Scholar
- — The New Woman in Fiction and in Fact: Fin-de-Siècle Feminisms ed. A. Richardson and Chris Willis (Palgrave, 2001; paperback 2002) xvi + 258 pp.
TLS; Reviews in History; Thomas Hardy Journal; Nineteenth-Century Feminisms; Victorian Studies; Victorian Review; Victorian Periodicals Review; Virginia Woolf Bulletin; Critic's Choice; Women's History Review
130 citations on Google Scholar
(ii) Chapters in Books
- — 'Who Was the New Woman?', in Laura Marcus, Michèle Mendelssohn, and Kirsten Shepherd-Barr, eds, Late Victorian into Modern, 1880-1920 (Oxford University Press, 2016) shortlisted for the 2017 Modernist Studies Association Book Prize
- — 'Charles Darwin, Jane Goodall and the Scientific Imagination', in Dale Peterson and Marc Bekoff, eds, The Jane Effect: Reflections on the Personal and Professional Influence of Dr Jane Goodall (Trinity University Press, 2015)
- — 'I differ widely from you': Darwin, Galton and the Culture of Eugenics, in Reflecting on Darwin, ed. E.Voigts-Virchow, B. Schaff, M. Pietrzak-Franger (Ashgate, 2014) (12, 000 words) reviewed in Anglia: Journal of English Philology
- — 'Darwin and Interdisciplinarity: A Historical Perspective, in After Darwin: Animals, Emotions, and the Mind (Rodopi, 2013), 1-23 (8,000 words)
- — '"The Book of The Season": The Conception and Reception of Darwin's Expression', in After Darwin 51-88 (14,000 words)
- — 'George Eliot, G.H. Lewes, and Darwin', in After Darwin , 136-171 (14,000 words)
- — 'Heredity', in Phillip Mallett, ed., Thomas Hardy in Context (Cambridge University Press. 2013), 328-338
- — 'New Women and the New Fiction', in The Oxford History of the Novel in English, ed. P. Parrinder and A. Gąsiorek (Oxford University Press, 2010), 133-147 (8,000 words)
- — 'Hardy and the Place of Culture', in Keith Wilson, ed., Blackwell Companion to Thomas Hardy (Blackwell, 2009, paperback, 2012), pp 54-70 (9,000 words) (Reviews in Thomas Hardy Journal, Hardy Review, Victorian Poetry, Etudes Anglaises, Studies in English Literature 1500-1900; English Literature in Transition, 1880-1920 'Scholars and students of Hardy will not want to be without it', New Books on Literature 19 (NBOL-19))
- — 'The Biological Sciences', in David Bradshaw and Kevin J. H. Dettmar (eds), A Companion to Modernist Literature and Culture (Blackwell, 2006; paperback 2009) pp. 50–65 (8,000 words)
- — '"The Difference between Human Beings": Biology in the Victorian Novel' in Francis O'Gorman (ed.), Concise Companion to Victorian Fiction (Blackwell: Backwell's New Perspectives on Literature and Theory Series, 2005), pp. 202-231 (10,000 words)
- — 'Eugenics and Freedom at the fin de siècle', in Louise Henson, Geoffrey Cantor, Gowan Dawson, Richard Noakes, Sally Shuttleworth and Jonathan R. Topham (eds), Culture and Science in the Nineteenth-Century Media (Ashgate, 2004) pp. 275–286 (7,000 words)
- — 'Hardy and Science: A Chapter of Accidents', in Phillip Mallet (ed.), Palgrave Advances in Thomas Hardy Studies (Palgrave, 2004) pp. 156–180 (9,000 words)
- — 'The Birth of National Hygiene and Efficiency: Women and Eugenics in Britain and America 1865-1915', in Ann Heilmann and Margaret Beetham (eds), New Woman Hybridities: Femininity, Feminism, and International Consumer Culture, 1880–1930 (Routledge, 2004), pp. 240–262 (10,000 words)
- — 'Hardy and Biology', in Phillip Mallet (ed.), Thomas Hardy: Texts and Contexts (Palgrave, 2002), pp. 156-179 (10, 000 words)
- — A. Richardson and Chris Willis, Introduction, The New Woman in Fiction and in Fact (Palgrave, 2001), pp. 1–38 (15,000 words)
- — '“People talk a lot of Nonsense about Heredity”: Mona Caird and Anti-Eugenic Feminism', in The New Woman in Fiction and in Fact: Fin de Siècle Feminisms (Palgrave, 2001), pp. 183–211 (16,000 words)
- — 'The Life Sciences: Everybody Nowadays Talks about Evolution', in David Bradshaw (ed), Modernism (Oxford: Blackwell, 2002), pp. 7-33 (11,000 words)
- Journal articles
- — 'Political Hardy', English Review (2018)
- — with Helen Angear, 'Hardy and Heritage', Proceedings of the Dorset Natural History and Archaeological Society 138 (2017)
- —— with Helen Angear et al ‘Hardy’s correspondents’, Archives & Records 2018.
- 'A Global Hardy', in Literature Compass (2016)
- — 'Norrie Woodhall, the last Hardy Player (1905-2011)', in Proceedings of the Dorset Natural History and Archaeological Society 133 (2012)
- — 'Essentialism in Science and Culture', Critical Quarterly 53 (2011), pp. 1-11 (4,000 words)
- — 'Against Finality: Darwin, Mill and the end of essentialism', Critical Quarterly, 53 (2011), pp. 21-44 (10,000 words) (This has been adopted as core reading on the Cambridge History and Philosophy of Science MPhil)
- — 'Darwin and Reductionisms: Victorian, Neo-Darwinian and Postgenomic Biologies', 19: Interdisciplinary Studies in the Nineteenth Century, 11 ( 2010) http://19.bbk.ac.uk/index.php/19/article/view/583 (9,000 words)
- — A. Richardson and J. Murden (director of Dorset County Museum), 'The Hardy Players Manuscripts Campaign', Hardy Society Journal 6 (2010), pp. 26-31
- — 'Thomas Hardy: Neither Boring Nor Syphilitic', Critical Quarterly 50 (2008), 234-239
- — 'God, Ruskin and Management', Critical Quarterly 44 (2002), pp. 46–50
- — 'Biology and Feminism', Critical Quarterly 42 (2000), pp. 35–63 (14,000 words)
- — 'The Eugenization of Love: Sarah Grand and the Morality of Genealogy', Victorian Studies 42 (1999/2000), pp. 227–255 (16,000 words)
- — 'Allopathic Pills? Health, Fitness and New Woman Fictions', Women: A Cultural Review 10 (1999), pp. 1-21 (9,000 words)
- — '"Some Science underlies all Art": The Dramatization of Sexual Selection and Racial Biology in Thomas Hardy's A Pair of Blue Eyes and The Well-Beloved', Journal of Victorian Culture 3 (1998), pp. 302–338 (16,000 words)
- — '"How I mismated myself for love of you!": The Biologization of Romance in Hardy's A Group of Noble Dames', Thomas Hardy Journal 14.2 (1998), pp. 59–76, reprinted in Janet Witalec, ed., Thomas Hardy: Short Story Criticism Vol. 60 (Thomson Gale, 2003) (8,000 words)
(iv) Encyclopedia and Dictionary Entries
- — 'Mona Caird', in Dino Franco Felluga, Pamela K. Gilbert, and Linda K. Hughes, eds., Blackwell Encyclopedia of Victorian Literature (2015)
- — 'Eugenics and Victorian Literature', in Dino Franco Felluga, Pamela K. Gilbert, and Linda K. Hughes, eds., Blackwell Encyclopedia of Victorian Literature (2015)
- — 'Thomas Hardy', The Greenwood Encyclopedia of Love, Courtship, and Sexuality through History (Greenwood Press, 2007) (3,000 words)
- — 'Sarah Grand', The Greenwood Encyclopedia of Love, Courtship, and Sexuality through History (Greenwood Press, 2007) (3,000 words)
- — 'Herbert Spencer', John Merriman and Jay Winter (eds), Europe 1789 to 1914: Encyclopedia of the Age of Industry and Empire (Scribner Library of Modern Europe, New York: Charles Scribner's sons, 2006) (3,000 words)
Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (Oxford University Press, 2004)
- — Emma Frances Brooke
- —John Beddoe
- — Kathleen Mannington Caffyn ('Iota')
- — Arabella Kenealy
- — Sybil Katherine Neville-Rolfe
(v) Review Essays and Book Reviews
- — Daniel Brown, The Poetry of Victorian Scientists: Style, Science and Nonsense (Cambridge University Press, 2013), Times Literary Supplement http://www.the-tls.co.uk/tls/public/article1407873.ece, 2014
- — The many-sided Thomas Hardy. Rev. of The Collected Letters of Thomas Hardy, Volume 8: Further Letters (OUP, 2012) edited by Michael Millgate and Keith Wilson, Times Literary Supplement, 2013, 3-4
- — Rebecca Stott, Darwin's Ghosts: In Search of the First Evolutionists (Bloomsbury and Random House, 2012), TLS (26 April 2013), p.7
- — George Levine, Darwin the Writer (OUP, 2011), TLS (6 June 2012) http://www.the-tls.co.uk/tls/public/article1055226.ece
- — Jonah Lehrer, Proust was a Neuroscientist (Canongate, 2012), TLS, 2 September 2011, p. 12.
- — Thomas Dixon, Invention of Altruism: Making Moral Meanings in Victorian Britain (British Academy/Oxford University Press, 2008), Critical Quarterly 52.4 (2010), pp. 107-112
- — Gayle Davis, 'The Cruel Madness of Love': Sex, Syphilis and Psychiatry in Scotland, 1880-1930 (Rodopi, 2008), Bulletin of the History of Medicine 84 (2010) pp. 303-4
- — Andrew Radford, Thomas Hardy and the Survivals of Time (Ashgate, 2003), and William Greenslade, Thomas Hardy's 'Facts' Notebook (Ashgate, 2004), Victorian Studies 48 (2006), 766-769
- —Aileen Fyfe and Bernard Lightman, eds, Science in the Marketplace: Nineteenth-Century Sites and Experiences (University of Chicago Press, 2007), British Journal for the History of Science 42 (2009), pp. 621-623
- —George Levine, Darwin Loves You - Natural selection and the Re-enchantment of the World (Princeton, 2006), TLS (June 2008) p. 11
- —Patricia Fara, Pandora's Breeches: Women, Science and Power in the Enlightenment (Pimlico, 2004), TLS (May 2005)
- 52. — Patricia Murphy, Time is of the Essence: Temporality, Gender and the New Woman (State University of New York Press), Nineteenth-Century Contexts 27 (2005), pp. 198-200
- — Talia Schaffer and Kathy Alexis Psomiades (eds), Women and British Aestheticism (University of Virginia Press, 1999), and Talia Schaffer, The Forgotten Female Aesthetes: Literary Culture in Late-Victorian England (University of Virginia Press, 2000), Victorian Studies 45 (2003), pp. 370-373
- — Stephen Van Dulken, Inventing the Nineteenth Century: The Great Age of Victorian Inventions (British Library 2001), TLS (6 September 2002)
- — James E. Strick, Sparks of life - Darwinism and the Victorian Debates over Spontaneous Generation (Harvard UP, 2000), TLS (3 August 2001) p. 7
- — Clark Blaise Time Lord: Sir Sandford Fleming and the Creation of Standard Time (Pantheon Books, 2001), TLS (31 August 2001), p. 24
- — Gillian Beer, Darwin's Plots: Evolutionary Narrative in Darwin, George Eliot and Nineteenth-Century Fiction (1983; 2nd edition, Cambridge University Press, 2000), George Eliot Review (2001), pp. 83–88
- — Phillip Mallett (ed.), The Achievement of Thomas Hardy (Macmillan, 2000), Hardy Journal (2001), pp. 80–84.
- — Shanta Dutta, Ambivalence in Hardy: A study of his attitude to women, Victorian Studies 44.1 (2001), pp. 155-157
- — Pierre Vinken, The Shape of the Heart (Elsevier Science, 1999) TLS (8 September 2000), p. 33
- — Sally Ledger, The New Woman: Fiction and Feminism at the Fin de Siecle (Manchester University Press, 1997); Claudia Nelson and Ann Sumner Holmes, eds., Maternal Instincts: Visions of Motherhood and Sexuality in Britain 1875 -1925 (Macmillan, 1998); Tracey Hill ed., Decadence and Danger: Writing, History and the Fin de Siècle (Sulis Press, 1997); Ann Heilmann ed., The Late Victorian Marriage Debate: A Collection of Key New Woman Texts (Routledge/Thoemmes Press, 1998), Journal of Victorian Culture 5 (2000) pp. 146-150
- — Tess O'Toole, Genealogy and fiction in Hardy: Family lineage and narrative lines Victorian Studies (1999) 42 pp. 371-373
- — Christopher Lane, The Burdens of Intimacy - Psychoanalysis and Victorian Masculinity (University of Chicago Press, 1999), TLS (28 October 1999), p. 10
- — Jane Thomas, Thomas Hardy, Femininity and Dissent: A Reassessment of the 'Minor' Novels (Basingstoke: Macmillan, 1999), Thomas Hardy Journal 14 (1999), pp. 128–132
- — Alice Dreger, Hermaphrodites and the Medical Invention of Sex (Harvard University Press, 1998), TLS (19 February 1999), p. 8
- — Teresa Mangum, Married, Middlebrow, and Militant: Sarah Grand and the New Woman novel (University of Michigan Press, 1999), Victorian Studies 42(4) (1999), pp. 684-686
- — Carolyn Dever, Death and the Mother from Dickens to Freud: Victorian fiction and the anxiety of origins (Cambridge University Press, 1998), TLS (30 Oct 1998), pp. 28-9
- — Harriet Ritvo, The Platypus and the Mermaid: And Other Figments of the Classifying Imagination (Harvard University Press, 1998), TLS (17 April 1998), p. 32
- — Sally Shuttleworth, Charlotte Brontë and Victorian Psychology, Women: A Cultural Review (Cambridge University Press, 1996) 9 (1998) pp. 327–329
- — A. J. Harrison, Savant of the Australian Seas, William Saville-Kent (1845–1908), TLS (17 April 1998), p. 32
- — Political Hardy, TLS - The Times Literary Supplement, 2015
- — Francis Galton and eugenics, TLS - The Times Literary Supplement, 2014
- — Thomas hardy and royalty, TLS - The Times Literary Supplement, 2013, 6
- — Letter, Darwin and child psychology, TLS, September 2008
- — 'Women Who Did', Internet article Features Section, Penguinclassics.co.uk (2002)
- — Hardy, The Exeter Blog http://blogs.exeter.ac.uk/exeterblog/
Nominated for Guild Best Research Supervisor Award
Example of nominations:
'Angelique is a rare combination: a supervisor with world-recognized research expertise with the demonstrated ability to nurture and support her students at all stages of the research process. She responds promptly and helpfully to any questions and feedback on writing never takes more than a few days to arrive. She has enabled countless professional opportunities in both academic and non-academic settings: pointing me towards the best conferences and journals in which to share my research, she has also introduced me to long-term working relationships with representatives at the National Trust, local council, and museums across the south west. In this respect she is unique at Exeter as a supervisor: aware of the increasing need to engage the public and non-academic organisations with research, she has provided for her postgraduate students an unparalleled induction in how to conduct and maintain this kind of engaged research.'
'Angelique's framework for the writing, editing and submission of the PhD thesis is excellent, and should be widely shared as best practice. In our first meeting we mutually agreed aims for the submission of work (1 chapter drafted per term), prompting me to set my own deadlines, to which she held me accountable. At the same time, Angelique was flexible and compassionate'.
'Angelique's supervision was central to the submission of my thesis within three years with no interruption, and the passing of the viva with minor corrections'.
'Angelique is my secondary supervisor, yet she has given much more attention to my work than secondary supervisors are expected to, as well as keeping me informed of research and development opportunities along with her primary research students.'
'Though Angelique is my secondary, rather than primary, supervisor, she has consistently given priority of her time and knowledge to her secondary research students alongside her primary research students.'
I welcome enquiries from prospective PhD students on all aspects of nineteenth- and early twentieth-century literature and culture, including the politics of class, gender, evolutionary ideas, the novel, poetics, short stories, the periodical press, George Eliot, Hardy, New Woman writers, and Edwardian Britain, and would encourage anyone wishing to work with me to contact me. See here for further guidance on postgraduate admission, including writing a research proposal.
I also welcome students through the Doctoral Training Partnership. I have supervised 20 PhD students through to successful completion, most of whom are now working in higher education or education. I am currently supervising several projects ranging from eugenics in utopian fiction to South West Writers, Hardy and the culture of letter writing (AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Award, co-supervised with Dorset County Museum). I have also supervised over 30 MA dissertations.
I have examined several doctoral students, including ESRC-and AHRC-funded students, at Exeter and other institutions including the Open University and the University of St Andrews.
PhD Degrees with dates awarded
I have supervised the following 18 PhD students, most of whom are now working in higher education, education or government and have publications developed from their doctoral research. Current employment noted
Dr Helen Angear (2019) ‘An Epistolary Thomas Hardy: Proximity and Distance'. College Lecturer
Examiners: Dr Jane Potter, Oxford Brookes, and Professor Paul Young, University of Exeter
Dr Christina Lake (2017), ‘Improving on Nature: Eugenics in Utopian Fiction'. University Librarian
Examiners: Professor Matthew Beaumont (UCL), and Dr Paul Young, University of Exeter
Dr Grant Repshire (2016), 'F.W. Harvey and the First World War: A biographical study of F.W. Harvey and his place in the First World War literary canon.' (co-supervisor)
Examiners: Professor Guy Cuthbertson , Liverpool Hope University, and Professor Jo Gill, University of Exeter
Dr Jonathan Memel (2016), 'Hardy and Education'; 2016: AHRC Cultural Engagement Fellow, University of Exeter; 2018-: Research Fellow, ‘Florence Nightingale Comes Home for 2020: an Historico-Literary Analysis of her Family Life’, School of Health Sciences, University of Nottingham; Lecturer in English, Bishop Grosseteste University
Collaborative Doctoral Award funded by Great Western Research and the National Trust
Examiners: Professor Dame Gillian Beer, King Edward VII Professor Emeritus at the University of Cambridge, and Professor Wendy Robinson, College of Social Sciences and International Studies, University of Exeter
Dr Samantha Briggs (2016), 'Architecture and Thomas Hardy', now Faculty Associate Lecturer, Arizona State University.
Examiners: Professor Roger Ebbatson, Lancaster University, and Dr Paul Young, University of Exeter.
Dr Claire Furlong (2015) (AHRC-funded), Science, Medicine and Authority in Popular Periodicals, 1832-50; Associate Lecturer, Bath Spa University; now, Impact Manager, University of the West of England
Examiners: Professor Sally Shuttleworth, University of Oxford, and Professor Staffan Müller-Wille, College of Social Sciences and International Studies, University of Exeter
Dr Leslie Hill (2015), 'Theatres and Friendships: The Spheres and Strategies of Elizabeth Robins' (co-supervisor)
Examiners: Professor Gillian Bush-Bailey, Royal Holloway, University of London and Professor Kate Newey, University of Exeter
Dr Ana Rosso (2013) (co-supervisor) Female Sexuality in French Naturalism and Realism, and British New Woman Fiction, 1850 – 1900 Female Desire in British and French fiction, 1850-1900. Now working for British Council
Examiners: Professor Ann Heilmann, Cardiff University and Professor James Kearns, University of Exeter
Dr Demelza Hookway (2013) (English Scholarship), ‘"The John Millennium": John Stuart Mill in Victorian Culture', now, Voluntary Action (non-profit organisation)
Examiners: Professor Helen Small, University of Oxford and Professor John Plunkett, University of Exeter
Dr Will Abberley (2013) (AHRC-funded), '"Language under the Microscope": Science and Philology in Fiction 1850-1914'. BBC New Generation Thinker; Now Senior Lecturer in Victorian Literature at the University of Sussex
Examiners: Professor David Amigoni, University of Keele, and Dr Jason Hall, University of Exeter
Dr Jessica Pearce (2010) (English Scholarship), 'The Child and Child-Parent Relations in Hardy's Novels', Now Civil Service Reform, Cabinet Office.
Examiners: Professor David Amigoni, University of Keele, and Professor Tim Kendall, University of Exeter
Dr Halle Marshall (2008), 'Biology and Possibility: The Scientific Writing of Grant Allen (1848-1899)', now teaching
Examiners: Dr Carolyn Burdett, Birkbeck, London, and Dr Paul Young, University of Exeter
Dr Chris Pittard (2007) (AHRC-funded), 'Purity and Genre: Late-Victorian Detective Fiction'; now Senior Lecturer, University of Portsmouth
Examiners Professor Patrick Parrinder, University of Reading and Professor Regenia Gagnier, University of Exeter
Dr Martin Delveaux (2004) (AHRC-funded), 'Early Green Narratives: Ecocritical Perspectives on British Fiction, 1880-1920'; now secondary school head of dept
Examiners: Professor Patrick Parrinder, University of Reading, and Professor Rick Rylance, Institute of English Studies, University of London
Dr Suzanne Nunn (2004), (AHRC-funded), 'The Victorian Invention of the Doctor'. now Research Fellow, Peninsula Schools of Medicine and Dentistry, Plymouth University
Examiners: Professor Brian Maidment, Liverpool John Moores University, and Professor Mark Jackson, University of Exeter
Dr Ann Oakins (2004), 'The Moral Art of Charles Reade: Celibacy and the Construction of Gender'; education and retirement
Examiners: Professor John Sutherland, University College London, and Professor Regenia Gagnier, University of Exeter
Dr Elizabeth Galway (2003), 'From Nursery Rhymes to Nationhood: Constructing Canadian National Identity through Children's Literature, 1867-1911'. Associate Professor, University of Lethbridge, Canada.
Examiners: Professor Roderick McGillis, University of Calgary, and Professor Tony Simoes da Silva University of Tazmania.
External impact and engagement
Richardson was elected to the (joint) post of Public Engagement Officer for University English (formerly CCUE) in April 2012, and re-elected to the University English executive committee for a third two-year term in April 2013. She has given a number public lectures on her work on science and culture, including talks in 2015 at Dorset Country Museum, Oxford Department of Continuing Education and the Royal Albert Memorial Museum, and a study weekend on the Victorians at the Royal Albert Memorial Museum. Her work with schools includes Dear Mr Darwin, which she organised with a number of South West schools in collaboration with the Darwin Correspondence Project.
Richardson is involved with various national and international projects within Hardy Studies, and she is working with local government and the cultural heritage sector on taking the study and enjoyment of Hardy beyond the academic research community. Students taking her final-year Hardy module have subsequently engaged in public work with the National Trust. In 2010 she joined the Hardy Country Steering Group, whose current members include the National Trust, Dorset AONB, Dorset County Museum, Dorset County Council (including Dorset Countryside Service), the Hardy Society, Bath Spa University and Kingston Maurward College, and she leads the education strategy of the group. This collaboration recognises the benefits to health and well-being brought by engaging local communities, including disadvantaged learning groups, with their cultural heritage.
Richardson currently supervises several projects ranging from eugenics in utopian fiction to South West writers, Victorian (and after) detective fiction and Hardy and the culture of letter writing (Collaborative Doctoral Award funded by the AHRC). She is also supervising two AHRC-funded South, West and Wales Doctoral Training Partnership (SWW DTP) PhD researchers in collaboration with Reading and in 2018 she will be lead supervisor on three further SWW DTP projects including two Hardy, Dorset and the wider world Collaborative Doctoral Awards in collaboration with Southampton, Dorset County Museum (DCM) and Dorset History Centre. In 2017 she won the Guild Teaching Award for best lecturer in English. She was also awarded Hardy Great Western Research funding, in collaboration with the National Trust, for a PhD CDA project on Hardy and Education which explored the appeal and study of Hardy beyond the academic research community. Since 2012 she has organised a public lecture series in collaboration with the National Trust and Dorset County Museum.
In 2010 Richardson led Exeter's involvement with the campaign to keep the Hardy Player manuscripts in the UK, in collaboration with local groups and Dorset County Museum and Dorset History Centre. A founding co-organiser of the first International Postgraduate Symposium on Hardy at the International Thomas Hardy Conference and Festival in 2006, she co-directed the fourth symposium (August 2012), and gave a research paper at the conference. In 2011 she co-organized a three-day International Hardy at Yale conference. She sits on the editorial board of the peer-reviewed Hardy Review and the Thomas Hardy Journal, is literary editor of the Proceedings of the Dorset Natural History and Archaeological Society, and is a member of the Thomas Hardy Society and the Thomas Hardy Association. She has published a number of articles and chapters on Hardy and is currently completing a book on Hardy and biology which brings her expertise in Victorian science to her research on Hardy. She aso recently gave a public lecture on Hardy for Wordquest.
2018: ASPIRE Fellow and Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
2018: nominated for most Innovative Teaching and Research-Inspired Teaching
Examples of nominations
Her ability to engage everyone in debate and relate 19th century texts and issues to modern day issues and politics in an engaging and unique way. Her limitless enthusiasm and ability to incite enthusiasm in students.
She inspired many of the students on the module to continue studies in a related field (on Hardy, feminism, writing women...).
Her teaching was well-organised, the ELE page was bursting with information and further educational opportunities. The students were very well guided throughout the course, as well as given the chance to explore their own interests and develop new theories. Classes were interactive with lots of enriching discussion. The research, preparation and supply of resources for this module was inspiring.
Angelique is a great seminar tutor because she finds the right perfect balance between prepared worksheets, spontaneous in-depth discussion, and teaching students about the module's main concepts. Her module has been the most enjoyable one of my three-year English undergraduate degree so far and many fellow students share this appreciation for her. She is a warm, caring person who seeks to share her passion for Hardy's works in a way that is not laborious, overpowering or repetitive. She let us research aspects that interested us independently, and also provided enough guidance throughout the course so that we felt prepared and confident to tackle the essay questions for our coursework.
2017: winner of Guild Teaching Award for best lecturer in English (see also research supervision nominations)
Examples of nominations
'Commitment to students, consistently going above and beyond to provide extra information and help'
Seminar-led style of teaching the module was truly engaging. Was easy to see the passion she had for the subject which, in turn, inspired passion among many of her students, me included. Could always rely on Angelique to constantly update the ELE page and personally email students to show us extra information, articles, research opportunities and trips which she felt would further our knowledge and understanding of the module.
'It was clear from the very start how much she genuinely cared about the subject and about the students who had chosen the module, the effort that she put in was above and beyond what I would have expected. I have truly never experienced someone so committed to teaching and so caring about her students'
'Angelique's obvious interest and knowledge was infectious to all of the room, every week. Seminar turnouts were the best I've seen and it's all because of having her as our tutor.'
'An inspiring, positive, engaging and incredibly knowledgeable lecturer who goes above and beyond.'
'Allowing students creativity and originality in designing their own essay titles'
2016: nominated for Research-Inspired Teaching:
Examples of nominations
'Angelique's seminars have been the most inspiring, with the best class discussions in my three years at university. This is partly because she is extremely knowledgable about the subject, but also that she creates an environment where students will speak in class
2010: Shortlisted for the Times Higher Education Award for Excellence and Innovation in the Arts
2010 Examples of nominations for best lecturer: 'Angelique taught me in my first term of my first year at the University of Exeter and has inspired me to become more confident and hard working. She was incredibly approachable and the group always had lively discussions and interesting debates. The whole class felt comfortable in Angelique\'s seminars'.
'The text in the world' animates Angelique Richardson's seminars. The immediacy and importance of cultural politics is not discarded, but resolutely addressed. She shows English to be a politically controversial and interdisciplinary subject. Being part of her seminar raises awareness of the political importance of literature as a means of assessing cultural attitudes. In the current Utilitarian and anti-intellectual climate her seminars are vitally important; they are a source of hope.'
'Angelique's teaching is always entertaining and informative, working closely with her own research and knowledge to guide her students. She is always willing to listen and provides great advice in office hours.'
'I have never learnt so much in such a short space of time! She definitely deserves this award!'
My teaching is research-led across the curricula from Level 1 to MA and I play a leading role in bringing science and medical humanities to the undergraduate and postgraduate (taught) curriculum. A founding member of Exeter's Centre for Victorian Studies (CVS), in the last ten years I have played a leading role in establishing Victorian Studies as a major research area in the University and I have worked closely with colleagues to develop its interdisciplinary focus. I led the department in developing the period-specific MA pathway which has now been adopted by all research groups, and have worked with colleagues to develop team-teaching on the MA. I am active in involving my students, undergraduate and postgraduate, in public, third-sector work.
Since 2009 I have worked with schools in the South West on a number of outreach initiatives, including, for example, organising 'Dear Mr Darwin'. Since 2010 I have been developing direct links with humanities-facing employers in relation to my level 3 module; several of my students have been given placements and subsequent paid employment with the National Trust as a result.
I led Widening Participation in the University for three years, developing the HEFCE-funded Pilot Widening Participation Programme. This was later adopted by the University to form the basis of Widening Participation programmes at Exeter. In this role I organised and ran a highly effective set of masterclasses, summer schools, school visits and events.
Nationally, I am a member of the CCUE executive committee, and lead the education and learning group of Hardy Country.
Grants obtained for teaching purposes
2002 £30,000 HEFCE grant for Widening Participation Work
- EAS1035 - Beginnings: English Literature before 1800
- EAS2029 - Revolutions and Evolutions 19C Writings
- EAS3003 - Dissertation
- EAS3100 - Hardy and Women Who Did: the Coming of Modernity
- EASM023 - Dissertation
- EASM099 - Making Progress? Literature in a Changing Environment