Robert Arner

Robert D Arner



Ph.D. in English: Pennsylvania State University 1970

M.A. in English: Pennsylvania State University 1966

B.S. in Education: Kutztown State College 1964

Positions and Work Experience

1975 -To Present Professor, University of Cincinnati,

1980 -1983 Head, Department of English, University of Cincinnati,

1978 -1980 Assistant University Dean for Graduate Education and Research, University of Cincinnati,

1972 -1975 Associate Professor, University of Cincinnati,

1971 -1972 Assistant Professor, University of Cincinnati,

1969 -1971 Assistant Professor, Central Michigan University,

1968 -1969 Instructor, Central Michigan University,

Research Support

1991 American Antiquarian Society Northeast Modern Language Association-American Antiquarian Society Fellow Type:Fellowship

1991 -1992 University of Cincinnati Taft Travel Grant Type:Grant

1978 -1980 Title IX Graduate and Professional Opportunities Program Project Director and Proposal Author

1976 -1978 Ohio Program in the Humanities Project Director and Proposal Author

1975 Huntington Library Henry E. Huntington Research Fellow Type:Fellowship

1975 American Antiquarian Society Fred Harris Daniels Fellow Type:Fellowship

1972 University of Cincinnati Charles Phelps Taft Summer Faculty Fellowship Type:Fellowship

1970 John Carter Brown Library of Brown University John-Carter Brown Post-Doctoral Fellow Type:Fellowship

Abbreviated Publications


Dobson's "Encyclopaedia": The Publisher, Text, and Publication of America's First "Britannica," 1789-1803. Philadelphia: U of Pennsylvania P, 1991.

"Kate Chopin," Louisiana Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal of the South (now  Southern Studies) 14 (1975): 11-139.

James Thurber: An Introduction. NEH Project on Ohio Writers. Columbus, OH: Ohio State Library. 1980. 1-24.

The Lost Colony in Literature. Raleigh, NC: North Carolina Department of Natural Resources. 1985. 1-55.

Book Chapter

“On First Looking (and Looking Once Again) into Chopin’s Fiction: Kate and Ernest and ‘A Pair of Silk Stockings,’” Awakenings: The Story of the Kate Chopin Revival, ed. Bernard Koloski. Baton Rouge: Louisiana Stare U P, forthcoming.

“Textual Transmission and the Transformation of Texts: On the Dialogic Margins of Dorothy Parker’s ‘The Waltz,’” In The Critical Waltz: Essays on the Work of Dorothy Parker Ed. Rhonda S. Pettit. Teaneck, NJ: Farleigh Dickinson UP, 2005. 86-113.

“The Sources and Significance of Joseph Dumbleton’s ‘The Paper-Mill’: Augustan American Poetics and the Culture of Print in Colonial Williamsburg,” Finding Colonial Americas: Essays Honoring J. A. Leo Lemay. Ed. Carla Mulford and David S. Shields.  Newark: U of Delaware P, 2001, 199-224.

"Thomas Dobson's American Edition of the Encyclopaedia Britannica." In Notable Encyclopedias of the Late Eighteenth-Century: Eleven Successors of the 'Encylopedié'. Ed. Frank A. Kafker. Studies on Voltaire and theEighteenth Century. No. 315. Oxford: Oxford UP for the Voltaire Foundation. 1994. 201-54.

"Politics and Temperance in Boston and Philadelphia: Benjamin Franklin's Journalistic Writings on Drinking and Drunkenness." Reappraising Franklin: A Bicentennial Perspective. Ed. J.A. Leo Lemay. Newark: U of Delaware P. 1993. 52-77.

"The Muse of History: Robert Bolling's Verses on the Norfolk Inoculation Riots, 1768-1769." Essays on Early American Literature and Culture Honoring Harrison T. Meserole. Ed. Kathryn Zabelle-Derounian-Stodola. Newark: U of Delaware P. 1992. 165-83.

"Alcuin and 'Stephen Calvert': Historical Essay." The Novels of Charles Brockden Brown: Bicentennial Edition. vol. 6. Ed. Sydney J. Krause and Sidney W. Reid. Kent, OH: Kent State UP. 1987. 273-312.

"Ebenezer Cook(e)." Fifty Southern Writers Before 1900: A Bio-Bibliographical Sourcebook. Ed. Robert Bain and Joseph M. Flora. Westport, CT: Greenwood. 1987. 165-73.

"Wit, Humor, and Satire in Seventeenth-Century American Poetry: Some Representative Verses." Puritan Poets and Poetics: Seventeenth-Century  American Poetry in Theory and Practice. Ed. Harrison T. Meserole,  Richard  Beale Davis, and Peter White. University Park: Pennsylvania State UP.  1985. 274-85.

"Southern Literature, 1700-1770." A Literary History of the South. Ed. Louis D. Rubin, Lewis Simpson, et al. Baton Rouge: Louisiana State UP. 1985. 34-47.

"Literature to 1800." American Literary Scholarship: An Annual. Ed. James L. Woodress. Durham: Duke UP. 1979. 189-206.

"Literature to 1800." American Literary Scholarship: An Annual. Ed. J. Albert Robbins. Durham: Duke UP. 1978. 169-94.

"Style Substance, and Self in William Byrd's Familiar Letters." Essays in Early  Virginia Literature Honoring Richarde Beale Davis.  Ed. J.A. Leo Lemay. New    York: Burt Franklin. 1977. 101-119.

"Literature to 1800." American Literary Scholarship: An Annual. Ed. James L. Woodress. Durham: Duke UP. 1977. 203-29.

"The Connecticut Wits." American Literature, 1764-1789: The Revolutionary Years. Ed. Everett H. Emerson. Madison: U of Wisconsin P, 1977. 233-52.

"Literature to 1800 [annual review of scholarship in American literary studies]." American Literary Scholarship: An Annual. Ed. James Woodress. Durham: Duke UP. 1976. 167-91.

"The Structure of Anne Bradstreet's Tenth Muse. " Discoveries and Considerations: Essays on Early American Literature and Aesthetics Presented to Harold S. Jantz. Ed. Calvin Israel. Albany: SUNY. 1976. 46-66.

Other Publication

"'The Child of Snow'": A Note on an 'Early American' Short Story." Early American Literature 31 (1996): 98-100.

"Thomas Dobson's Rolling Mill for Copper: A Note on the Publisher of the Encyclopaedia." Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography 118    (January/April, 1994): 117-36.

"'The black, memorable year 1929': James Thurber and the Great Depression."  Studies in American Humor 3, n.s. (1984-85): 237-52.

"The Landing of the Pilgrim Fathers: Plymouth Rock Revisited." Journal of American Culture 6, No. 4 (Winter 1983): 25-35.

"The Romance of Roanoke: Virginia Dare and the Lost Colony in American Literature, 1585-1970." Southern Literary Journal 10 (1978): 5-45.

"The Blackness of Darkness: Satire, Romance, and Ebenezer Cooke's The Sot-Weed Factor." Tennessee Studies in Literature 21 (1976): 1-10.

"The Quest for Freedom: Style and Meaning in Robert Beverley's History and Present State of Virginia." Southern Literary Journal 8 (1976): 79-98.

"The Death of Major André: Some Eighteenth-Century Views." Early American Literature 11 (1976): 52-67.

"Westover and the Wilderness: William Byrd's Images of Virginia." Southern Literary  Journal 7 (1975): 105-23.

"Ebenezer Cooke's Sotweed Redivivus: Satire in the Horatian Mode." Mississippi Quarterly 28 (1975): 489-96.

"Pastoral Celebration and Satire in Thomas Morton's New English Canaan." Criticism 16 (1974): 217-31.

"Neoclassicism and Romanticism: A Reading of Freneau's 'The Wild Honey Suckle.'"  Early American Literature 9 (1974): 53-61.

"Whittier's Belial: A Note on 'Ichabod.'" American Transcendental Quarterly No. 22  (1974): 15-17.

"'Clio's Rhimes': History and Satire in Ebenezer Cooke's 'History of Bacon's Rebellion in Virginia.'" Southern Literary Journal 6 (1974): 91-106.

"John Smith, the 'Starving Time,' and the Genesis of Southern Humor." Louisiana Studies: An Interdsciplinary Journal of the South 12 (1973): 383-90.

"Sentiment and Sensibility: The Role of Emotion in William Hill Brown's The Power of Sympathy." Studies in American Fiction 1 (1973): 121-32.

"A Note on John Hammond's Leah and Rachel." Southern Literary Journal 6 (1973): 77-80.

"Ernest Hemingway's Miracle Play: 'Today Is Friday' and the York Play of the  Crucifixion" Markham Review 4 (1973): 8-11.

"Daniel Coe to Thomas Shreeve: Primitivism in Satire." Satire Newsletter 19 (1973): 133-45.

"Pastoral Patterns in William Bartram's Travels." Tennessee Studies in Literature 18 (1973): 133-45.

"Nehemiah Walter: Milton's Earliest American Disciple?" Early American Literature 8 (1973): 27-29.

"Folk Metaphors in Edward Taylor's 'Meditation 1.40.'" Seventeenth-Century News   31 (1973): 6-9.

"The Story of Hannah Duston: Cotton Mather to Thoreau.'" American  Transcendental Quarterly No. 18 (1973): 19-22.

"Proverbs in Edward Taylor's 'God's Determinations.'" Southern Folklore Quarterly  37 (1973): 1-13.

"The Short, Happy Life of the Virginia 'Monitor.'" Early American Literature 7  (1972): 130-47.

"The Legend of Pygmalion in 'The Birthmark.'" American Transcendental Quarterly   No. 14 (1972): 168-71.

"The Deserted Village of Walden Wood: Thoreau's Ruin Piece." American Transcendental Quarterly No. 14 (1972): 13-15.

"Acts Seventeen and Huckleberry Finn: A Note on Silas Phelps's Sermon." Mark Twain Journal 16 (1972): 12.

"Pride and Prejudice: Kate Chopin's 'Desirée's Baby.'" Mississippi Quarterly 25 (1972): 131-40.

"Joel Barlow's Poetics: 'Advice to a Raven in Russia.'" Connecticut Review 5 (1972): 38-43.

"The Smooth and Emblematic Song: Joel Barlow's The Hasty Pudding." Early  American Literature 7 (1972): 76-91.

"Of Snakes and Those Who Swallow Them: Some Folk Analogues for Hawthorne's 'Egotism; or, The Bosom Serpent.'" Southern Folklore Quarterly 35 (1971): 336-46.

"Ebenezer Cooke's The Sot-Weed Factor: The Structure of Satire." Southern Literary Journal 4 (1971): 33-47.

"Mythology and the May Pole of Merry Mount: Some Notes on Thomas Morton's  'Rise, Oedipus.'" Early American Literature 6 (1971): 156-74.

"The Simple Cobler of Aggawam in America: Nathaniel Ward and the Rhetoric of  Satire." Early American Literature 5 (1971): 3-16.

"Characterization and the Colloquial Style in Kate Chopin's 'Vagabonds.'" Markham Review 2 (1970): 110-12.

"Landscape Symbolism in Kate Chopin's At Fault." Louisiana Studies 9 (1970): 142-53.

"Plum Island Revisited: One Version of the Pastoral." Seventeenth-Century News 27 (1969): 58-61.

"Hawthorne and Jones Very: Two Dimensions of Satire in 'Egotism; or, The Bosom Serpent.'" New England Quarterly 42 (1969): 267-75.

"Edward Taylor's Gaming Imagery: 'Meditation 1.40.'" Early American Literature 4  (1969): 38-40.


Paper Presentations

(2004. ) American Popular Music of the First World War .Stan Hywet Muesum, Akron, Ohio. Other Institution.

(1998. ) The Sources and Significance of Joseph Dumbleton's "The Paper Mill": Augustan American Poetics and the Print Culture of Colonial Virginia .Atlanta, GA. Level:Regional

(1995. ) Samuel Partridge and the Unpardonable Sin: The Sources and Significance of an Early American Short Story .Baltimore, MD.

(1995. ) The Politics of Knowledge in the Early Republic: The American Edition of Abraham Rees's New Cyclopaedia (1806-1820) .Newark DE.

(1994. ) 'On Censure or Backbiting:' Franklin's Moral Satire and Pennsylvania Politics .Charleston, SC.

(1990. ) 'Eat Not to Dulness, Drink Not to Elevation:' Benjamin Franklin on Drinking and Drunkards .Philadelphia, PA.

(1988. ) The Fine Art of Parody: James Thurber's 'The Macbeth Murder Mystery' .East Lansing, MI.

(1988. ) Thurber at the Movies: Alfred Hitchcock's The Lady Vanishes and Other Film Thrillers in 'The Lady on 142' .West Lafayette (Purdue University), IN. Level:International

(1987. ) Of Parody and Pigeons on the Grass: James Thurber and Gertrude Stein .Tempe, AZ. Level:International

(1985. ) James Thurber and the Lost Generation: A Literary Relationship--of Sorts .Louisville, KY.

(1984. ) The Holy Orgy: Sex, Speech, and Society in Hair .Toronto, Ontario.

(1983. ) The Casual Art of James Thurber .Atlanta, GA.

(1982. ) Poe the Poet: 'The Bells' and Other Ballads .Cincinnati, OH.

(1981. ) The Landing of the Pilgrim Fathers: Plymouth Rock Revisited .Wilmington, DE.

(1979. ) Respondent, "Personae in Early American Literature" .San Francisco, CA.

(1979. ) Robert Bolling's ‘Neanthé’: The Missing Link in American Humor .Pittsburgh, PA.

(1977. ) Problems in the Study of Early American Humor: The Curse of George Bancroft .Chicago, IL.

(1977. ) What Is Southern About Southern Literature? .Knoxville, TN.

(1976. ) The Legend of the Lost Colony in American Literature: Captain John Smith to Philip José Farmer .Kutztown, PA.

(1975. ) The Death of Major André: Some Eighteenth-Century Views .New York, NY.

(1975. ) Style and Meaning in Robert Bevereley's History and Present State of Virginia .Williamsburg, VA.

(1974. ) Ebenezer Cooke: The Satirist as Southerner .State College, PA.

(1972. ) A View of the Whole: The Structure of Anne Bradstreet's Tenth Muse .St. Louis, MO. Conference. Level:Regional

Other Information

Committees and Service

Member, International Committee on Bibliography, Modern Language Association of         America (General Literature Section), 1968-1976.

Member, Executive Committee, American Literature I Group of the MLA, 1972       1975.

Editorial Board, Early American Literature, 1981-1984.

Member, Local Committee on Arrangements, Midwest Modern Language Association,    Cincinnati, Ohio, 1986.

Departmental, College, and University Committees include Collective Bargaining Advisory Committee; University Graduate Council; Review Committee, Latin American Studies (Chairman); Headship Search Committee, Communications and Speech Department; Summer Graduate Fellowships Committee, Humanities and Social Sciences; Taft Library Committee; Steering Committee (departmental); Ad Hoc Committee on Work Load Policy; and others.,

Contact Information

Phone: 556-3916