Gerald Richman, PhD

Professor Emeritus
Department of English




  • PhD, Yale University
  • MPhil, Yale University
  • BA, Oxford University
  • BA, University of Massachusetts, Amherst

Research Interests

  • History of the English Language
  • Chaucer
  • Milton
  • The Long Eighteenth Century
  • Boston

Selected Publications

Annotated Bibliography of Works of Fiction Set in Boston (always under construction and continually updated). URL: <>

"Poet and Scop in Beowulf." In Geardagum XXI (2000) : 61-91.

"A Possible Source for Dryden's Bee and Drone Image in the 'Prologue to Amphitryon.'" English Language Notes 38 (2001): 36-40.

"Rape and Desire in The Wife of Bath's Tale." Studia Neophilologica 61 (1999): 161-65.

"Swa cwaed snottor on mode' (Wanderer 111) Once Again." In Geardagum XXX (2011): 31-33.

"A Third Choice: Adam, Eve, and Abdiel." Early Modern Literary Studies 9.2 (September 2003): 6.1-5. URL: <>.

Courses Taught

WRI-101/102 First Year Writing I, II
ENG-124 Great Books in World Literature II
ENG-213 English Literature I
ENG-217 American Literature I
ENG-312 English Grammar and Usage 
ENG-323 Chaucer
ENG-336 Eighteenth Century Literature
ENG-337 Eighteenth Century Novel
ENG-393 History of the English Language
ENG-398 Boston: A City in Fiction
ENG/HST-481 Boston in History, Literature, and Film  
SF-1129 Beacon Hill: Fact, Fiction and Fantasy