Richard Menke is the author of Telegraphic Realism: Victorian Fiction and Other Information Systems (Stanford University Press, 2008) and Literature, Print Culture, and Media Technologies, 1880–1900: Many Inventions (Cambridge University Press, forthcoming). He has published articles on Dorothy and William Wordsworth, Charles Dickens, George Eliot, Christina Rossetti, Charles Kingsley, and Henry James, as well as on Walt Whitman and the Garfield assassination, on late-Victorian fictions of the telephone, on the end of the three-volume novel, and on the textual excerpt as idea and practice in Matthew Arnold and the penny newspaper Tit-Bits.
His recent publications include essays and chapters on Trollope and the postage stamp, on information in the 1890s, and on George Gissing and the ecologies of late-Victorian paper (forthcoming, Victorian Studies).
He has received both the Bruns Prize (best essay by a graduate student, 1998) and the Schachterle Prize (best essay by an untenured scholar, 2000 and 2005) from the Society for Literature, Science, and the Arts, as well as the Stanford English Department's Alden Dissertation Prize (2000). At the University of Georgia, he has received the Russell Undergraduate Teaching Award (2009) and the Creative Teaching Award (2015). In 2013 he was inducted into UGA's Teaching Academy.
He has recently taught graduate courses on Dickens; on literature, print forms, and text technologies from Lyrical Ballads to digital books; and on the Victorian Anthropocene.
Ph.D., Stanford University, 2000.
B.A. Rice University, 1992. Summa cum laude.