Dr. Richard Ruppel
Professor of English & Peace Studies
Chapman University

(714) 997-6754


1988Ph.D. English - University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

Major: 20th C. British and American Literature
Minor: 19th C. British Literature

1978M.A. English - Duke University

1976A.B. University of Michigan. Honors English and History, With Distinction


·         A Political Genealogy of Joseph Conrad.  Lanham, MD:  Lexington Press, 2015.    

·         Homosexuality in the Life and Work of Joseph Conrad:  Love Between the Lines.  New York, London:  Routledge Press, 2008. 

·         Imperial Desire: Dissident Sexualities and Colonial Literature. ed. with Philip Holden.  Minneapolis:  University of Minnesota Press, 2003.

·         Joseph Conrad. Harold Bloom, series ed.  Consulting Editor.  Broomall, PA:  Chelsea House, 2003. 

Guest Editor

·         Conradiana.  "Conrad under California Skies:  Selected Proceedings."  With co-editors Paul Armstrong and Andrea White. Volume 43, Numbers 2-3, Fall/Winter 2011. 

Conference Director

·         Conrad under California Skies.”  An international conference devoted to the life and work of Joseph Conrad.  January 7-10, 2010.  Chapman University. 

Refereed Articles

Invited Articles

·        “Introduction” to the first translation into Chinese of Joseph Conrad’s Under Western Eyes, by Zhao Ting.  Shanghai:  Shanghai Yiwen Press, 2014. 上海: 上海译文出版社  

·         “Colonial Literature.”  Encyclopedia of Twentieth-Century British and Irish Fiction Vol. 1. ed. Brian Shaffer.  Blackwell, 2010. 

·        “Why Conrad (Still) Matters.”  Wilkinson Review:  The Chapman University, Wilkinson College Magazine.  1.2 (Fall/Winter, 2008):  7-11. 


Executive Board Member 

·         Conradiana

External Reader

·         W. M. Keck Foundation

·         Harvard University Press

·         Nanyang Technological  University in Singapore (Dissertation reader)

·         Bloomsbury Press

·         Hebrew University of Jerusalem (Dissertation reader)

·         The Ohio State University Press

·         Broadview Press

·         Routledge Press

·         Longman Publishers

·         English, a publication of Oxford University Press

·         Conradiana

·         Twentieth Century Literature

Conference Papers

·         “Switching Gears:  The Challenges, Frustrations, Anxieties, and Rewards of Turning to Cognition.” Cognitive Futures in the Arts and Humanities.  Kent University, UK.  July 1-4, 2018. 

·         “A Cognitive Approach to The Secret Agent.”  Transnational Conrad: Between Texts & Theory.  Limoges, France. September 21-22, 2017


·         “A Key to Dracula: Bram Stoker’s ‘respectable lunatic.’ Cognitive Futures in the Arts and Humanities.  5th International Conference.  Stony Brook University.  June 5-7, 2017. 


·         Nostromo and the Hard Problem: Conrad’s Explorations of Autonomy and Consciousness.” Cognitive Futures in the Humanities 2016. University of Helsinki, June 13-15, 2016.

·         “Traumatic Memory in The Secret Agent.” Cognitive Futures 2015 — Forging Futures from the Past: History and Cognition. Oxford University, April 13-15, 2015.

·         “Conrad, Memory, and Neuroscience.” Modern Language Association Conference, January 9-12, 2014.  Chicago, Illinois. 


·         “Karl Marx and Joseph Conrad:  Uneasy Affinities.”  The Joseph Conrad Society (UK) 39th Annual International Conference.  July 10-13, 2013.  Università di Roma Tre, Rome.

·         “Conrad’s (mostly) Impersonal Art:  Politics in Nostromo.”  The Joseph Conrad Society (UK) 38th Annual International Conference.  July 4-7, 2012.  Bath, UK. 

·         “More on the Art of Lying:  Politics in A Personal Record.”  Modern Language Association Conference.  January 5-8, 2012.  Seattle, Washington. 

·         “Conrad’s Radically Contingent Politics.”  The Joseph Conrad Society (UK) 36th Annual International Conference. Joint Conference with La Société Conradienne Française.  Versailles (St-Quentin) and Paris.  September 14-17, 2010.

·         “Hélène Cixous and Conrad’s Imaginative Bisexuality.”  Seminar paper.  Modernist Studies Association Conference.  November 1-4, 2007.  Long Beach, CA. 

·         “Sympathy for the Devil: Conrad’s Anarchists and his Critique of Class.” Modern Language Association Conference.  December 27-30, 2006.  Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. 

·         “Good Fellowship or Homoeroticism?  Joseph Conrad’s Letters.”  Modernist Studies Association Conference.  November 4-6, 2005.  Chicago, Illinois.

·         “More Love Between the Lines:  Intimacy in Conrad's Letters.”  Joseph Conrad in Amsterdam.  Thirty-First Annual International Conference of the Joseph Conrad Society (UK).  July 7-9, 2005.  Amsterdam, The Netherlands.  

·         “Homosexuality in Under Western Eyes:  Reading through History and Culture.”  Joseph Conrad & Europe.  September 22-25, 2004.  Opole and Krakow, Poland.

·         “Territories of the Heart:  Mapping Homoeroticism in Lord Jim.” Conrad and Territoriality.  August 16-18, 2002.  The University of British Columbia. Vancouver, Canada. 

·         “The Economy of Desire in Heart of Darkness.” International Conference of Joseph Conrad Scholars.  August 9-12, 2000.  Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas.

·         “‘An Outpost of Progress,’ Popular Colonialist Fiction, and Conrad’s Magic Naturalism.”  The 25th Anniversary Conference of the Joseph Conrad Society (U.K.), with the Henry James Society (USA) and the Ford Madox Ford Society.  July 8-12, 1999.  Canterbury, England.

·         “Historicizing the Homoeroticism in ‘The Secret Sharer.’” Modern Language Association. December 27-30, 1997. Toronto, Canada.

·         “Joseph Conrad and the Homoerotic Milieu at the Turn of the Century.” Group for Early Modern Cultural Studies, Chapel Hill, North Carolina, December 4-7, 1997.

·         “Designing Web Pages for Courses in the Humanities.” Student-centered Teaching Meets Technology: Converging for a New Millennium. Faculty Development Conference. Bloomington MN, Nov. 20-21, 1997.

·         “Beyond ‘The Secret Sharer’: Joseph Conrad and the Ghost of Oscar Wilde.” 2nd International Joseph Conrad Conference. Lublin, Poland. September 1-4, 1996.

·         “Secret Sharing: Historicizing Conrad’s Homoeroticism.” “Conrad's Century: The Past and Future Splendour."” Kent State University. Kent, Ohio. April 6-9, 1995.

·         “‘They always leave us’: Lord Jim and Colonialist Discourse.” 20th Annual International Conference on Conrad. London. July 7-9, 1994.

·         “Prime Time’s Hidden Agenda: The Presentation of Asians on American Network Television, 1994.” With David Piehl.  Popular Culture Association and American Culture Association Conference. Chicago, April, 1994

·         “British Colonialist Tropes in American Films.” Popular Culture Association and American Culture Association Conference. New Orleans, April, 1993.

·         “The Presentation of Asians on American Television, 1993.” Asian Americans Conference. With David Piehl.  University of Wisconsin, La Crosse. March, 1993.

·         “‘The Lagoon’ and the Popular Exotic Tradition.” 1st International Conrad Conference--Baranow Sandomierski, Poland. September 8-10, 1991.

·         Lord Jim’s Marlow and the French Lieutenant: Mapping Conrad's Ethnocentrism.” Joseph Conrad Society in Marseilles, France. September, 1990.

·         Heart of Darkness, C. J. Cutcliff Hyne, and the Great Tradition.” The Carolinas Symposium on British Studies, North Carolina State University, Raleigh. October, 1987.


        “Kipling, Conrad, and the Popular Exotic Short Fiction of the 1890's.” 1988.

Teaching Experience


·         Inaugural One-Year Scholarly & Creativity Activities Release.  For “Cognitive Humanities and the Novel: Six Case Studies.”  2017-18. Chapman University.

·         Wilkinson College Faculty Award for Service, Spring, 2011—Chapman University. 

·         Alec Chiu Award for Faculty Research, Spring, 2006—Viterbo University. 

·         Earl Hartsell Award for Excellence in Teaching, 1983-84—UNC Chapel Hill.

Academic Service (selected)

Professional Organizations

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