Richard L. Shryock

Richard L. Shryock

Richard L. Shryock

Associate Professor of French


331 Major Williams Hall 
220 Stanger St. 
Blacksburg, VA 24061




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  • French Symbolist Movement in Literature
  • Intersection of politics and literature
  • Decadence in fin-de-siècle France

Professional Activities

  • Co-organizer of Cultural Production in the 19th Century


  • PhD. University of Michigan
  • DEA Université de Haute Bretagne - Rennes II

Research Interests

    Awards and Honors

    College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences Award for Excellence in Administration 2012

    Provost's Award for Excellence in Advising 2002

    Certificate of Teaching Excellence spring 2001

    Selected Publications


    Lettres à Gustave et Rachel Kahn, Saint-Genouph: A-G Nizet, 1996.

    Tales of Storytelling:  Embedded Narrative in Modern French Literature.  New York:  Peter Lang Publishing, Inc., 1993.

    Edited Books

    Gustave Kahn: Un écrivain engagé (with Françoise Lucbert), Rennes, France : Presses universitaires de Rennes, 2013.


    “Des Vers anarchistes?”  Le Vers libre dans tous ses états: Histoire et poétique d’une forme (1886-1914), 101-108. Paris: L’Harmattan, 2009.

    "Becoming Political: Symbolist Literature and the Third Republic." Nineteenth-Century French Studies33:3-4. (Spring-Summer, 2005): 385-98.

    "Symbolism and Naturalism: Frères-Ennemis."  Excavatio.  XIV. 1-2 (2001): 267-76.

    "Anarchism at the Dawn of Symbolism" French Forum, January 2000: 291-308.

    Additional Information

    Co-curator with Françoise Lucbert of  the exhibition “Gustave Kahn (1859-1936): Écrivain symboliste et critique d’art” at the Musée d’art et d’histoire du Judaïsme in Paris, France (2006 – 2007). 

    Former Chair of the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures 2006-2012.

    US Department of Education Title VI Grant: Undergraduate International Studies and Foreign Language Program.  Grant title: “Developing International Opportunities in Business and French” (July 1, 2001- June 30, 2004; $388,659 [includes matching funds]).  Co-written by Sharon Johnson and Richard Shryock.  Co-directed by Sharon Johnson, Richard Shryock and Robert Sumichrast (Pamplin College of Business).