Alan Richardson is Professor of English at Boston College. He is author of two books: A Mental Theater: Poetic Drama and Consciousness in the Romantic Age (Penn State Press, 1988) and Literature, Education, and Romanticism: Reading as Social Practice, 1780-1832 (Cambridge University Press, 1994). He is co-editor (with Sonia Hofkosh) of Romanticism, Race, and Imperial Culture 1780-1834 (Indiana University Press, 1996). He has also published numerous essays on Romantic-era literature and culture, particularly in relation to gender, colonialism, and the social construction of childhood, in Studies in Romanticism, ELH, Nineteenth-Century Contexts, European Romantic Review, The Wordsworth Circle, and other journals and in essay collections such as Romanticism and Feminism, ed. Anne K. Mellor. He co-founded and for several years directed the Seminar on Romantic Literature and Culture at the Center for Literary and Cultural Studies at Harvard University, and is co-organizer (with Elizabeth Fay) and program director for the NASSR 1996 annual meeting, "Romantic Crossings," in the Boston area. Major grants and awards include the American Conference on Romanticism Book Prize for 1994, an NEH Fellowship for University Teachers for 1989-90, and a Whiting Fellowship in the Humanities for 1984-85.