Professor Angelique Richardson



Extension: 4354

Telephone: 01392 724354

Room: Queen's West Wing 222

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 (Oxford University Press, 2016), shortlisted for the 2017 Modernist Studies Association Book Prize and article 'Thomas Hardy's Radical Politics' in the English Review  (2018).

Interview on the BBC Radio 4 Today programme (1st May 2015) on Hardy's Wessex and regional identity; 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

Here's a piece in the Times Education Supplement (June 2018) on a digital resource for GCSE students developed with Helen Angear and Exeter Digital Humanities Lab


Richardson is Professor of English at the University of Exeter and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.  She publishes on nineteenth- and early twentieth-century literature, culture and science and she is is particularly interested in the history of class and race relations.   In 2018 she became an ASPIRE Fellow and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.  She has a BA in English Language and Literature from the University of Oxford, and an MA and PhD from Birkbeck, University of London.  She always welcomes enquiries and proposals from prospective PhD students anywhere on all aspects of nineteenth- and early twentieth-century literature and culture, including literature and science;  nineteenth- and early twentieth-century prose (including William Cobbett, Harriet Martineau, Darwin) 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 she has supervised 18 PhD students to successful completion and she 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 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.

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 County Museum, and keynotes with her PhD researcher Helen Angear for the Thomas Hardy Society Study Days in 2017 and 2018

Based in the Department of English, Richardson is also a staff 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 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 she was Public Engagement Officer for University English (2012-15); over the last five years she has been developing collaborations with local government, museums and the National Trust and she is also a member of the Steering Group of Hardy Country, and leader of Hardy Country'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 eugenic ideas permeated Victorian and early twentieth-century culture, and After Darwin: Animals, Emotions, and the Mind brings together scholars from biology, literature, history, psychology, psychiatry and paediatrics. She is the editor or co-editor of nine collections or special journal issues. Her monograph The Politics of Thomas Hardy: BiologyCharacter, Culture and Environment, 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.