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John Rieder


John Rieder
I have been teaching at UH Manoa’s English Department since 1980, the year I received my Ph. D. from Yale University. For the first twenty years of my career I was mainly a specialist in English Romanticism, publishing a book on William Wordsworth, Wordsworth’s Counterrevolutionary Turn (University of Delaware Press, 1997) and numerous essays on the poetry of Percy Shelley. For the last ten years my research agenda has focused on science fiction. My book on early science fiction, Colonialism and the Emergence of Science Fiction, was published by Wesleyan University Press in 2008. Other recent and forthcoming pieces on science fiction include work on film and genre theory as well as early sf and colonial ideology.

I have also published on horror cinema, on Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein and its dramatic and film adaptations, and on problems of periodization, the professionalization of literary studies, and the canon, as well as writing reviews of contemporary poetry and venturing an occasional essay on nonsense poetry or children's literature.

In recent years my graduate teaching has been about equally divided between courses on science fiction and courses on literary and cultural theory. I received the University of Hawai`i at Manoa’s Chancellor’s Citation for Excellence in Teaching in 2005.

Areas of Interest

Science fiction, the Gothic, Marxist theory, British Romanticism


BA, University of Cincinnati
MA, PhD, Yale University


Fall Semester 2014

Course Title Time  
ENG 271(9) Science Fiction MWF 12:30-1:20 Edit
ENG 433(1) Studies in 19thC Lit: The Gothic MWF 9:30-10:20 Edit

Spring Semester 2014

Course Title Time  
ENG 760Q(1) Seminar in Literary Genres (LSE/CSAP) R 6:30-9:00 Edit

Fall Semester 2013

Course Title Time  
ENG 320(2) Intro. English Studies MWF 11:30-12:20 Edit
ENG 325(1) Lit In English after 1900 MWF 9:30-10:20 Edit

Spring Semester 2013

Course Title Time  
ENG 481(1) St/Lit & Pop Culture (Science Fiction) TR 10:30-11:45 Edit
ENG 775(2) Sem Cultural Studies (Marxism & Culture) (CSAP/LSE) W 3:30-6:00 Edit

Spring Semester 2012

Course Title Time  
ENG 271(4) Intro to Lit: Genre (Science Fiction) TTH 9:00-10:15 Edit
ENG 271(8) Intro to Lit: Genre (Science Fiction) TTH 12:00-1:15 Edit

Fall Semester 2011

Course Title Time  
ENG 440J(1) William Wordsworth MWF 10:30-11:20 Edit
ENG 625B(1) Theories & Methods of Literary Study (LSE) F 3:30-6:00 Edit

Spring Semester 2011

Course Title Time  
ENG 100A(2) Composition I TTH 9:00-10:15
ENG 760Q(1) Sem Lit Genres (Science Fiction & Genre) F 3:30-6:00

Fall Semester 2010

Course Title Time  
ENG 271(5) Science Fiction MWF 11:30-12:20 Edit
ENG 271(8) Science Fiction MWF 10:30-11:20 Edit
ENG 333(1) Romantic British Literature MWF 9:30-10:20 Edit