Richard C. Sha
Department Chair, 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. His current book project is tentatively titled, Modelling Emotion in Romanticism, and will treat Voltaire, Goethe, Hume, Wordsworth, Mary Robinson, Leopardi and Coleridge. The book examines the multiple models Romantic writers had for thinking about the emotions.
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, at a conference on Medicine and Visual Culture at Georgetown, and at the Institute for the History and Philosophy of Science and the English Department at the University of Toronto.
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
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