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Dr. Richard Black

Dr. Richard Black



2780 Colden Hall



Joined Northwest in 2008



  • 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

  • ENG 650: American Realism and Naturalism
  • ENG 650: Hardboiled America: American Crime Fiction
  • ENG 640: American Literary Naturalism
  • ENG 631: Mark Twain
  • ENG 550: California Dreamin’: Literature from the Edge of America
  • ENG 550: Fitzgerald, Hemingway, Faulkner
  • ENG 463: American Empire Builders
  • ENG 341: Literature and Film
  • ENG 325: Studies in Film History
  • ENG 315: Writing for the Professions
  • ENG 234: American Literature: 1865-present
  • ENG 233: American Literature: Beginnings to 1865
  • ENG 220: Introduction to Literature, Standard and Honors sections
  • ENG 115: Accelerated Composition
  • ENG 112: Composition II (Writing as Engagement)
  • ENG 111: Composition I (Academic Literacies)

Academic Interests

  • American Literature and Culture

Scholarly Activity


  • “Spring Training at the End of the World.” NINE: A Journal of Baseball History and Culture. 29.1-2 (Fall-Spring 2020-2021): 59-80. 
  • “‘A game of cheaters cheating cheaters:’ A Cinematic Close Reading of John Sayles’ Eight Men Out.” Aethlon: The Journal of Sport Literature 37.1 (Fall 2019-Winter 2020): 57-66.
  • “‘Signs in the dust:’ Eric Rolfe Greenberg’s The Celebrant as Baseball Jeremiad.” Aethlon: The Journal of Sport Literature 35.1 (Fall 2017-Winter 2018): 11-20. 
  • “‘The Same Old Mud:’ Mark Twain’s Transcendent Imagination and Jeff Nichols’ Mud.” Mark Twain Annual.  Vol. 15 (2017): 60-70.
  • “‘The Infernal Machine:’ Imperial America and John Sayles’ A Moment in the Sun.” Studies in American Naturalism 9.1 (Summer 2014): 79-102. 
  • “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): 14-18. 

Book Reviews

  • Review of Mark Twain’s America: Then and Now, by Laura DeMarco.  Forthcoming in Mark Twain Annual. 2021.
  • Review of Kansas City vs. Oakland: The Bitter Sports Rivalry That Defined an Era, by
  • Matthew C. Ehrlich, The Sport Literature Association (2020):


  • Numerous national and international conference presentations.

Other Professional Experiences


  • External Program Reviewer for BA and MA programs in English at the University of Texas-Permian Basin (2019)

Membership in Professional Organizations

  • Mark Twain Circle of America
  • Sport Literature Association
  • International Theodore Dreiser Society
  • Sigma Tau Delta, National English Honor Society

Editorial Work

  • Advisory Reader: College Literature