Alan Richardson is Professor of English at Boston College. He has published extensively on the literature and culture of the British Romantic era, especially in relation to issues of gender, childhood and education, race and colonialism, and scientific psychology. Recent books include British Romanticism and the Science of the Mind (2001) and The Neural Sublime: Cognitive Theories and Romantic Texts (2011). Major honors and awards include a NEH Fellowship, a Guggenheim Fellowship, the Keats-Shelley Association Distinguished Scholar Award, the American Conference on Romanticism book prize, and the Alpha Sigma Nu National Jesuit Book Award. His first book, A Mental Theater: Poetic Drama and Consciousness in the Romantic Age (1988) helped establish verse drama as a vital subject for Romantic scholarship and criticism.