Jason Rudy is a Professor of English at the University of Maryland, College Park, past president of the Northeast Victorian Studies Association, a member of the Historical Poetics Working Group, and the current Director of Graduate Studies for English at UMD. Prof. Rudy serves on the advisory boards of the journals Victorian Studies and Victorian Poetry, and he’s a General Editor for the Broadview Anthology of British Literature. His research focuses on nineteenth-century literature in English, especially poetry; his work is committed to thinking globally about the circulation of literature, particularly in Australia, New Zealand, Canada, and South Africa.
Prof. Rudy’s most recent book, Imagined Homelands: British Poetry in the Colonies, is a study of poetry written by nineteenth-century British emigrants in colonial spaces, published by Johns Hopkins University Press in 2017 (listen here to a radio interview on the book; click on title for an Open Access edition). Selected as one of the “Books of the Year 2018” by the Australian Book Review, this work was supported by fellowships from both the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS). His first book, Electric Meters (2009), looks at the ways Victorian poetry was inspired by and in conversation with developments in the electrical sciences: for example, the invention of the telegraph and the discovery of electromagnetic radiation.
At the University of Maryland, Prof. Rudy has recently taught courses on “Indigenous and Imperial Archives”; the Victorian fin de siècle; world literature and emigration; nineteenth-century fiction; Australian literature; nineteenth-century transatlantic poetry; and Romantic to Modern British literature. He also has taught Winterterm courses in Australia and in New Zealand, a Summerterm course in London, and online courses on British literature. Access syllabi for some of these classes by clicking “Courses” above.
Prof. Rudy is currently writing an authorized biography of the Indigenous Australian painter Gordon Syron. An excerpt was published in Public Books in June 2022.