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John Rieder


John Rieder
John Rieder has been teaching at UH Manoa’s English Department since 1980, the year he received his Ph. D. from Yale University. For the first twenty years of his career he 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. From around 2000 on his research agenda has focused on science fiction. His book on early science fiction, Colonialism and the Emergence of Science Fiction, was published by Wesleyan University Press in 2008. In 2011 he received the Science Fiction Research Association's Pioneer Award for his essay "On Defining Science Fiction, Or Not: Genre Theory, Science Fiction, and History." He currently serves on the editorial board of Extrapolation, the oldest journal in the field of science fiction studies.

Professor Rieder has also published on fairy tales in cinema and television, in collaboration with Professor Cristina Bacchilega, as well as on Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein and its dramatic and film adaptations, and on problems of periodization, the professionalization of literary studies, and the canon.

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


Recent Publications: 

“American Frontiers.” Forthcoming in The Cambridge Companion to American Science Fiction, edited by Gerry Canavan and Eric Carl Link.

With Cristina Bacchilega. “Fairy Tales and the Commercial: Carosello and Fractured Fairy Tales.” In Channeling Wonder: Fairy Tales and TV, edited by Pauline Greenhill and Jill Rudy. Utah State University Press, 2014: 336-59.

“Science Fiction, Colonialism, and Postcolonialism.” In The Oxford Handbook of Science Fiction, edited by Rob Latham. Oxford UP, 2014: 486-97.

“Sun Ra’s Otherworldliness.” In Africa SF, edited by Mark Bould. Paradoxa No. 25 (2013): 235-52.

“The Mad Scientist, the Failed Experiment, and the Queer Family of Man: Sirius, Frankenstein, and the SF Stockroom.” In Parabolas of Science Fiction, ed. Brian Attebery and Veronica Hollinger. Wesleyan UP, 2013: 161-179.

"What is SF? Some Thoughts on Genre." A Virtual Introduction to Science Fiction: Online Toolkit for Teaching SF. Ed. Lars Schmeink. Web. 2012.  

“John Henry Palmer’s The Invasion of New York, or How Hawaii Was Annexed: Political Discourse and Emergent Mass Culture in 1897.” In Future Wars: The Anticipations and the Fears, edited by David Seed, Liverpool University Press, 2012: 85-102.

“Race and Revenge Fantasies in Avatar, District 9, and Inglourious Basterds.” Science Fiction Film and Television 4.1 (2011): 41-56.

Areas of Interest

Science fiction, the Gothic, Marxist theory, British Romanticism


2011: Science Fiction Research Association’s Pioneer Award for Best Essay of 2010, for “On Defining Science Fiction, or Not: Genre Theory, SF, and History.”

2005: University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa Chancellor’s Citation for Meritorious Teaching


BA, University of Cincinnati
MA, PhD, Yale University


Spring Semester 2015

Course Title Time  
ENG 320(1) Introduction to English Studies TR 9:00-10:15 Edit

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