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Northwest Missouri State University

Richard Black

Richard Black



2780 Colden Hall


660.562.1963 (fax)

Joined Northwest in 2008

Associate Professor


  • Ph.D., English Language and Literature, University of Tulsa
  • M.A., Texas State University at San Marcos
  • B.A., St. Edward's University

Courses Taught

  • English 650: Themes and Theories: Hardboiled America
  • English 640: Studies in Genre: American Literary Naturalism
  • English 631: Figures and Groups: Mark Twain
  • English 463: Advanced American Literature: “American Empire Builders”
  • English 341: Literature and Film
  • English 325: Special Topics: “Studies in Film History”
  • English 315: Technical Writing
  • English 234: American Literature: 1865-present
  • English 233: American Literature: Beginnings to 1865
  • English 220: Introduction to Literature, Standard and Honors sections
  • English 115: Accelerated Composition
  • English 112: Composition II (Writing as Engagement)
  • English 111: Composition I (Academic Literacies)

Academic Interests

  • Nineteenth- and Twentieth-Century American Literature and Culture
  • American Regionalism
  • American Social Realism and Literary Naturalism
  • Film Studies and History

Scholarly Activity


  • "'The Same Old Mud:' Mark Twain’s Transcendent Imagination and Jeff Nichols' Mud." Mark Twain Annual.  Vol. 15 (2017): 60-70. Print. 
  • "'The Infernal Machine:' Imperial America and John Sayles' A Moment in the Sun."  Studies in American Naturalism 9.1 (Summer 2014): 79-102.  Print.
  • "Real-Life Legends and Reluctant Revolutionaries: Stephen Harrigan's The Gates of the Alamo." Southwestern American Literature 36.1 (Fall 2010): 33-50. 
  • "Love, as Summer Goes."  New Texas: A Journal of Literature and Culture.  Vol. 14 (2007) Fiction.

Recent Conference Papers and Invited Presentations

  • “‘Signs in the dust:’ Eric Rolfe Greenberg’s Baseball Jeremiad in The Celebrant.”  35th Annual Sport Literature Association Conference: Lawrence, KS; June 2018.
  • “Borders, Naming, and Américo Paredes’s George Washington Gómez.”  American Literature Association Symposium: Frontiers and Borders in American Literature: San Antonio, TX; February 2016.
  • "The Same Old Mud: Mark Twain, Myth, and Jeff Nichols' Mud."  Mark Twain's Hannibal: The Clemens Conference: Hannibal, MO; July 2015.
  • "The March of the Flag: Race, Media, and the Spanish American War in John Sayles' A Moment in the Sun.” South-Central Modern Language Association Conference: San Antonio, TX; November, 2012.
  • "Constructing Grace: Irish Identity in Maria Edgeworth's The Absentee."  South-Central Modern Language Association Conference: Hot Springs, AR; October, 2011.
  • "'The Blessings-of-Civilization Trust:' Tripartite Imperialism in Paul Theroux's The Mosquito Coast." The Louisville Conference on Literature and Culture since 1900: Louisville, KY; February 2011.
  • "Mark Twain: 'The Lincoln of our Literature.'"  Invited Presentation, Northwest Missouri State University: Owens Library's "The Year of Twain" Celebration; October 2010.
  • "Texas, Topophilia, and John Graves' Hard Scrabble."  Southwest Texas Popular and American Culture Association Conference: Albuquerque, NM; February 2009.

Student Group Advisement

  • Co-sponsor, Alpha Chi Honor Society

Other Professional Experiences

Membership in Professional Organizations

  • Modern Language Association
  • South-Central Modern Language Association
  • Northeast Modern Language Association
  • International Theodore Dreiser Society
  • Southwest Texas Popular Culture/American Culture Association
  • Sigma Tau Delta, National English Honor Society

Editorial Work

  • Assistant Editor, The Laurel Review
  • Advisory Reader: College Literature