Dr. Richard Clarke


Dr. Richard Clarke
Title: Senior Lecturer in Literary Theory
Department: LLL
Discipline: Literature
Qualifications: BA (First Class Hons., UWI), MA (YORK), PHD (with high commendation, UWI)
Contact: Room: A3
Tel.: (246) 417-4390
Fax: (246) 424-0634
E-mail: richard.clarke@cavehill.uwi.edu
External webpage: www.rlwclarke.net
Teaching Areas:
Biography: I received my secondary education at Harrison College where, on the basis of my A-Level results, I earned a Barbados Scholarship in 1981. I was awarded the BA in English and French (First Class Honours) by the University of the West Indies, Cave Hill in 1984. I subsequently won a Commonwealth Scholarship (Canada) and received the MA in English at York University in 1989. It was there, too, that I won a Canadian SSHRCC award and commenced my PhD which I subsequently completed here at Cave Hill in 1997. I am currently Senior Lecturer in Literary Theory in the Department of Language, Linguistics and Literature here at Cave Hill where I have served on several occasions as the Coordinator of Graduate Studies and, more recently, as Coordinator of the Literatures in English programme where I regularly teach courses in Romantic poetry, The History of Criticism, Modern Critical Theory, and Post-Structuralisms and Post-Colonialisms.

Much of my work is located, broadly speaking, at the intersection of philosophy (especially, so-called ‘Continental’ and ‘Pragmatist’ philosophy), literature and literary criticism.  To be precise, I specialize in so-called ‘Theory’ (in Richard Rorty’s sense of this term) and, more specifically, in literary and rhetorical theory in particular. 

Though I also publish in the normal academic fora (i.e. printed books and journals), I am also a keen supporter of the Open Access movement (for more information, visit: http://www.earlham.edu/~peters/fos/overview.htm).  To this end, I have undertaken several initiatives to make publicly available, online and for free, rigorous academic scholarship that would otherwise languish in dusty tomes read by very few.  With these goals in mind, I have compiled (and continue to compile – a never-ending task) the PhilWeb Bibliographical Archive: Theoretical Resources Off- and On-Line (http://www.phillwebb.net/); I edit the online Encyclopedia of Theory (http://www.literary-theory.net/); and I am the editor of the online peer-reviewed journal, the first such academic journal in the Caribbean, Shibboleths: a Journal of Comparative Theory and Criticism (http://www.shibboleths.net/). I am also responsible for a blog, Philosophy’s Other: Theory on the Web (http://philosophysother.blogspot.com/), again the first of its kind in the Caribbean, which is a portal that serves to disseminate calls for papers and announcements of recent publications and developments of interest in the field to ever increasing numbers of readers and subscribers.

  • “Rhetoric.”  Encyclopaedia of Theory.  Ed. Richard Clarke.  July 2009.  Web.
  • “Further Thoughts on a Caribbean Sublime: Walcott’s Musings on History.”  Shibboleths: a Journal of Comparative Theory and Criticism 3.1 (2008-2009): 21-33.  Web.
  • “Lamming, Marx, Hegel.”  Journal of West Indian Literature 17.1 (2008): 42-53.  Print.
  • “Literary Theory.”  Encyclopaedia of Theory.  Ed. Richard Clarke.  July 2008.  Web.
  • “Philosophy or Theory?  Rorty on the Analytic-Continental Divide.”  Conversations in Philosophy: Crossing the Boundaries.  Ed. Frederick Ochieng’-Odhiambo, Edwin Brandon, and Roxanne Burton.  Newcastle Upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Press, 2008.  28-42.  Print.
  • “Some Thoughts on a (Caribbean) Sublime.”  Shibboleths: a Journal of Comparative Theory 2.2 (2007-2008): 146-162.  Web.
  • “Theory.”  Encyclopaedia of Theory.  Ed. Richard Clarke.  July 2007.  Web.
  • “From Dialectic to Différance: Rethinking Creolisation in the Later Work of Stuart Hall.”  Shibboleths: a Journal of Comparative Theory 1.1 (2006-2007): 37-55.  Web.
  • “The Historiography of Caribbean Philosophy.”  Re-Ethnicizing the Minds?  Tendencies of Cultural Revival in Contemporary Thought.  Ed. Thorsten Botz-Bornstein and Jürgen Hengelbrock.  Amsterdam: Rodopi, 2006.  99-118.  Print.
  • “Pierre Macherey.”  Twentieth Century European Cultural Theorists.  2nd Series.  Ed. Paul Hansom.  Vol.  296 of Dictionary of Literary Biography.  Detroit: Gale, 2004.  296-303.  Print.
  • “Androgyny and Miscegenation in The Crying Game.”  Gendered Realities: Essays in Caribbean Feminist Thought.  Ed. Patricia Mohammed.  Kingston: UWI Press, 2002.  297-313.  Print.
  • “Towards a ‘New Parochial Wholeness’: Brathwaite’s Dialectical Model of Creolisation.”  For the Geography of a Soul: in Honor of Kamau Brathwaite.  Ed. Rhonda Cobham and Timothy J. Reiss.  Trenton, New Jersey: Africa World, 2001.  203-218.  Print.
  • “‘Roots’: a Genealogy of the ‘Barbadian Personality.’”  The Empowering Impulse: the Nationalist Tradition of Barbados.  Ed. Don Marshall and Glenford Howe.  Kingston: Canoe, 2001.  301-349.  Print.
  • “Root Versus Rhizome: an ‘Epistemological Break’ in (Francophone) Caribbean Thought?”  Journal of West Indian Literature 9.1 (2000): 12-41.  Print.
  • “The Baby and the Bathwater: Evelyn O’Callaghan’s Woman Version: Theoretical Approaches to West Indian Fiction by Women.”  Journal of West Indian Literature 7.2 (1998): 61-69.  Print.
  • “The Literary Nature of the Historical Text: Some Implications of the Postmodernist Critique of ‘Realism’ for Caribbean Historiography.”  Journal of Caribbean History 32 (1998): 46-81.  Print.
  • “‘Effective’ Literary History: a Critical Analysis of Jauss’s ‘Literary History as a Challenge to Literary Theory.’”  Postscript 3 (1997): 87-100.  Print.
  • The ‘Homely’, the ‘Wild’ and the Horror of ‘Mere Household Events’: the Aristotelian Poe-etics of The Black Cat.”  Short Story 4 (1996): 57-68.  Print.
  • “‘Hovering Temporizer[s]’: Pastoral Time and the Contradiction of the Natural Order in The Winter's Tale.”  Proceedings of the Free Exchange Conference 1994.  Ed. Jennifer Kelly, Melanie Kolbeins, and Catherine Radimer.  Calgary: Dept. of English, University of Calgary, 1994.  23-27.  Print.
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