Gary Richards, Associate Professor of English, earned a Ph.D. (1996) and a M.A. (1992) from Vanderbilt University and a B.A. (1991) from Trinity University. Dr. Richards is an expert on Southern literature and culture, American fiction, contemporary drama, and sexuality studies.
His book, Lovers and Beloveds: Sexual Otherness in Southern Fiction, 1936-1961 (2005), was named Choice Outstanding Academic Title in 2005. He has authored several chapters in published books, including most recently “Everybody’s Graphic Protest Novel: Stuck Rubber Baby and the Anxieties of Racial Difference” in Comics and the U.S. South (2012). His articles and essays have been published in the North Carolina Literary Review, Mississippi Quarterly and Southern Quarterly, among other publications.
Dr. Richards has presented papers and talks on literary topics at numerous scholarly conferences, and he has organized and chaired sessions at various literary festivals, conferences and meetings.
He teaches courses and seminars in Southern literature, modern American fiction, American humor; contemporary American fiction, sexuality in Southern literature and perspectives in sexualities. Dr. Richards received a faculty research grant from Mary Washington, as well as several faculty development supplemental grants. Prior to joining the UMW faculty in 2008, he taught at University of New Orleans, Vanderbilt University and Hiwassee College.
Dr. Richards serves on the executive committee of the Society for the Study of Southern Literature through fall 2013. He is a member of the Modern Language Association, American Culture Association, South Atlantic Modern Language Association, Society for the Study of Southern Literature, South Central Modern Language Association and Multi-Ethnic Literatures of the United States.
Dr. Richards’ understanding of various Southern cultures draws in part on his years of residence in several major Southern cities, including Dallas (1969-1987), San Antonio (1987-1991), Nashville (1991-1997), New Orleans (1997-2008) and now Fredericksburg.
Read Dr. Richards’ essay “The Artful and Crafty Ones of the French Quarter: Male Homosexuality and Faulkner’s Early Prose Writings.”
Read Dr. Richards’ essay “Moving Beyond Mississippi: Beth Henley and the Anxieties of Postsouthernness.”