Ritschel, Nelson

Professor
Humanities
Kurz Hall 223
nritschel@maritime.edu
(508) 830-5000 x2271

Education: B.S., Skidmore College; A.M., Ph.D., Brown University

Courses taught:

  • English Composition
  • Analysis and Interpretation of Literature
  • Irish Literature
  • Drama
  • American Theater
  • Detective Literature

Director, Maritime Players, the campus' university theatre program

Books authored:

Bernard Shaw, W. T. Stead, and the New Journalism: Whitechapel, Parnell, Titanic, and the Great War, Palgrave Macmillan, 2017

Shaw, Synge, Connolly, and Socialist Provocation, University Press of Florida, cloth 2011, paperback edition 2012

Performative and Textual Imaging of Women on the Irish Stage, 1820-1920, M. A, Kelly to J. M. Synge and the Allgoods,, Mellen Press, 2007

Synge and Irish Nationalism: The Precursor to Revolution, Greenwood Press, 2002

Productions of the Irish Theatre Movement, 1899-1916, Greenwood Press, 2001

Editing: 

Guest Co-Editor (with Audrey McNamara), The Eugene O'Neill Review, Spring 2018

Co-General Editor (with Peter Gahan) of book series Bernard Shaw and His Contemporaries, Palgrave-Macmillan, New York and London, appointed April 2014

Guest Co-Editor (with Audrey McNamara) of SHAW: The Journal of Bernard Shaw Studies (formerly The Annual of Bernard Shaw Studies), Volume 36.1, Special Issue "Shaw and Money" (Spring 2016)

Essays on G. B. Shaw, J. M. Synge, Eugene O'Neill, and Irish literature in book antholgies ranging from:Shaw in Context, Cambridge University Press (fall 2015), SHAW: The Annual of Bernard Shaw Studies, Volumes 33 (2013), 32 (2012), 30 (2010), 27 (2007), Penn State University Press, Eugene O'Neill and His Early Contemporaries: Bohemians, Radicals, Progressives and the Avante Garde, McFarland Publishers (2011), The Critical Companion to Eugene O'Neill, Facts on File (2009), A Century of Irish Drama: Widening the Stage, Indiana University Press (2000)

Essays on Shaw, Synge, O'Neill, and Irish literature in scholarly journals ranging from: The Nautilus: A Journal of Maritime Literature and History (2013), Eugene O'Neill Review (2007), New Hibernia Review (2003, 1998), New England Theatre Journal (2004), and Lit: Literature, Interpretation, Theory (1999)

Honors:

Received by Michael D. Higgins, President of Ireland, at Aras an Uachtarain on 3 June 2016

Named Co-General editor (with Peter Gahan) of new book series Bernard Shaw and His Contemporaries with Palgrave-Macmillan, New York and London, 16 April 2014

Received by Michael D. Higgins, President of Ireland, at Aras an Uachtarain (Irish Presidential Residence) on 2 December 2013

Featured 2013 Guest Lecturer in the Irish Studies Speakers Series, University of Connecticut-Storrs, sponsored by Aetna, October 2013

Faculty Employee of the Year, 2012-2013, Massachusetts Maritime Academy

First Plenary Speaker at the first international Shaw Conference held in Ireland, "G. B. Shaw: Back in Town," co-sponsored by University College Dublin (UCD) and the International Shaw Society, UCD Clinton Humanities Institute, Dublin, Ireland, 30 May 2012--title of lecture: "Shaw, the Poor Law, and 1910 Dublin: The Rocky Road to Connolly"

Public Recognition of recent book, Shaw, Synge, Connolly, and Socialist Provocation, by Michael D. Higgins, President of Ireland, in presidential speaches at the London School of Economics and Politics, London, 21 Febraury 2012, and at the Opening Reception of the first international Shaw Conference held in Ireland, Dublin, 29 May 2012

Reception and European launch for book Shaw, Synge, Connolly, and Socialist Provocation, sponsored by University College Dublin's Clinton Humanities Institute, Belfield House, Dublin, Ireland, 30 May 2012

Featured Speaker for "Sea-Changes: A Maritime Conference in Humanities," sponsored by The Nautilus: A Journal of Maritime Literature and History, Massachusetts Maritime Academy, 12 April 2012--title of lecture: "G. B. Shaw and the Titanic Hysteria"

Academic Society Offices Held:

Member of the Advisory Board, International Shaw Society, 2015-2018

President, New England Region of the American Conference for Irish Studies, 2011-2013

Treasurer, New England Region of the American Conference for Irish Studies, 2009-2011