Robert Arner

Robert Arner

Robert Arner, Professor

Contact Information

Robert Arner
Position Professor
Office Location McMicken Hall Room 351B
Phone (513) 556-3916
Fax (513) 556-5960
Mail Location 0069



School Degree
Pennsylvania State University Ph.D. English (1970)
Pennsylvania State University M.A. English (1966)
Kutztown State College B.S. Education (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, .

Papers & Conferences

►"A View of the Whole: The Structure of Anne Bradstreet's Tenth Muse," Midwest  Modern Language Association, St. Louis, MO, Autumn 1972.
►"Ebenezer Cooke: The Satirist as Southerner," Northeast Modern Language Association, State College, PA, Spring, 1974.
►"Style and Meaning in Robert Beverley's History and Present State of Virginia," College of William and Mary Faculty Colloquium, Williamsburg, VA, Spring 1975.
►"The Death of Major André: Some Eighteenth-Century Views," Fordham University   Conference on the Bicentennial, New York City,  Autumn 1975.
►"The Legend of the Lost Colony in American Literature: Captain John Smith to Philip José Farmer," Kutztown State College Symposium on American Literature, Kutztown, PA, Spring 1976.
►"What Is Southern About Southern Literature?," University of Tennessee Colloquium       Honoring the Retirement of Richard Beale Davis: The Present State of Early  American Literary Studies, Knoxville, TN, Spring 1977.
►"Problems in the Study of Early American Humor: The Curse of George Bancroft," American Humor Association, MLA, Chicago, IL, December 1977.
►"Robert Bolling's ‘Neanthé’: The Missing Link in American Humor," American Popular        Culture Association, Pittsburgh, PA, Spring 1979.
►Respondent, "Personae in Early American Literature," MLA, San Francisco, CA, December 1979.
►"The Landing of the Pilgrim Fathers: Plymouth Rock Revisited," Winterthur Conference on the Colonial Revival in America, Wilmington, DE, November 1981.
►"Poe the Poet: 'The Bells' and Other Ballads," Paper Presented at The Cincinnati May  Festival, James Conlon, Conducting, Spring 1982.
►"The Holy Orgy: Sex, Speech, and Society in Hair," American Popular Culture Association, Toronto, Ontario,  Spring 1984.
►"The Casual Art of James Thurber," South Atlantic Modern Language Association, Atlanta, GA,  Autumn 1983.
|►"James Thurber and the Lost Generation: A Literary Relationship--of Sorts," American Popular Culture Association, Louisville, KY, Spring 1985.
►"Of Parody and Pigeons on the Grass: James Thurber and Gertrude Stein," World Humor International Meeting, Tempe, AZ, Spring 1987.
►"Thurber at the Movies: Alfred Hitchcock's The Lady Vanishes and Other Film Thrillers in 'The Lady on 142,'" World Humor International Meeting, West Lafayette (Purdue University), IN,  Spring 1988.
►"The Fine Art of Parody: James Thurber's 'The Macbeth Murder Mystery,'" Society for the Study of Midwestern Literature, East Lansing, MI, Spring 1988.
►"'Eat Not to Dulness, Drink Not to Elevation:' Benjamin Franklin on Drinking and Drunkards," International Conference on Reappraising Franklin, Philadelphia, PA, Spring 1990.
►"'On Censure or Backbiting:' Franklin's Moral Satire and Pennsylvania Politics," American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies, Charleston, SC, March 15, 1994.
►"The Politics of Knowledge in the Early Republic: The American Edition of Abraham Rees's New Cyclopaedia (1806-1820)," University of Delaware Seminar in American Art, History, and Material Culture, Newark DE, April 17, 1995.
►"Samuel Partridge and the Unpardonable Sin: The Sources and Significance of an Early American Short Story," American Literature Association, Baltimore, MD, May 25-28, 1995.
►"The Sources and Significance of Joseph Dumbleton's "The Paper Mill": Augustan American Poetics and the Print Culture of Colonial Virginia," South Atlantic Modern Language Association, Atlanta, GA, 6 November 1998.
►“American Popular Music of the First World War,” Stan Hywet Symposium on Amercian Culture of the Early Twentieth Century, Stan Hywet Muesum, Akron, Ohio 25 March 2004.
►“Varieties of Visual Experience in the Early Republic and Antebellum America:  Wax Museums and Cabinets of Curiosity, 1790-1840.  Taft Visual Studies Group, University of Cincinnati, March 15, 2013.



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.

 Chapters or Parts of Books:

►"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.
►"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 Connecticut Wits." American Literature, 1764-1789: The Revolutionary Years. Ed. Everett H. Emerson. Madison: U of Wisconsin P, 1977. 233-52.
►"Literature to 1800." American Literary Scholarship: An Annual. Ed. James L. Woodress. Durham: Duke UP. 1977. 203-29.
►"Style Substance, and Self in William Byrd's Familiar Letters." Essays in Early Virginia Literature Honoring Richard Beale Davis.  Ed. J.A. Leo Lemay. New York: Burt Franklin. 1977. 101-119.
►"Literature to 1800." American Literary Scholarship: An Annual. Ed. J. Albert Robbins. Durham: Duke UP. 1978. 169-94.
►"Literature to 1800." American Literary Scholarship: An Annual. Ed. James L. Woodress. Durham: Duke UP. 1979. 189-206.
►"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.
►"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.
►"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.
►"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.
►"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.
►"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.
►"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.
►“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.
►“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.
►“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, 2009. 112-130.
►“In Praise of Folly: Gendered Discourse in Kate Chopin’s The Awakening,” Critical Insights: ‘The Awakening’, ed. Robert C. Evans. Amenia, NY/Ipswich, MA:  Grey House Publishing/Salem Press, 2014. 205-16.
►"Dobson, Thomas."  Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of the Enlightenment  ed. Mark G. Spencer (Bloomsbury Academic, 2015) 335-37.

Articles and Notes:

►"Edward Taylor's Gaming Imagery: 'Meditation 1.40.'" Early American Literature 4  (1969): 38-40.
►"Hawthorne and Jones Very: Two Dimensions of Satire in 'Egotism; or, The Bosom Serpent.'" New England Quarterly 42 (1969): 267-75.
►"Plum Island Revisited: One Version of the Pastoral." Seventeenth-Century News 27 (1969): 58-61.
►"Landscape Symbolism in Kate Chopin's At Fault." Louisiana Studies 9 (1970): 142       53.
►"Characterization and the Colloquial Style in Kate Chopin's 'Vagabonds.'" Markham Review 2 (1970): 110-12.
"The Simple Cobler of Aggawam in America: Nathaniel Ward and the Rhetoric of  Satire." Early American Literature 5 (1971): 3-16.
►"Mythology and the May Pole of Merry Mount: Some Notes on Thomas Morton's  'Rise, Oedipus.'" Early American Literature 6 (1971): 156-74.
►"Ebenezer Cooke's The Sot-Weed Factor: The Structure of Satire." Southern Literary Journal 4 (1971): 33-47.
►"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.
►"The Smooth and Emblematic Song: Joel Barlow's The Hasty Pudding." Early  American Literature 7 (1972): 76-91.
►"Joel Barlow's Poetics: 'Advice to a Raven in Russia.'" Connecticut Review 5 (1972): 38-43.
►"Pride and Prejudice: Kate Chopin's 'Desirée's Baby.'" Mississippi Quarterly 25 (1972): 131-40.
►"Acts Seventeen and Huckleberry Finn: A Note on Silas Phelps's Sermon." Mark Twain Journal 16 (1972): 12.
►"The Deserted Village of Walden Wood: Thoreau's Ruin Piece." American Transcendental Quarterly No. 14 (1972): 13-15.
►"The Legend of Pygmalion in 'The Birthmark.'" American Transcendental Quarterly   No. 14 (1972): 168-71.
►"The Short, Happy Life of the Virginia 'Monitor.'" Early American Literature 7  (1972): 130-47. "Proverbs in Edward Taylor's 'God's Determinations.'" Southern Folklore Quarterly  37 (1973): 1-13.
►"The Story of Hannah Duston: Cotton Mather to Thoreau.'" American  Transcendental Quarterly No. 18 (1973): 19-22.
►"Folk Metaphors in Edward Taylor's 'Meditation 1.40.'" Seventeenth-Century News   31 (1973): 6-9.
►"Nehemiah Walter: Milton's Earliest American Disciple?" Early American Literature 8 (1973): 27-29.
►"Pastoral Patterns in William Bartram's Travels." Tennessee Studies in Literature 18 (1973): 133-45.
►"Daniel Coe to Thomas Shreeve: Primitivism in Satire." Satire Newsletter 19 (1973): 133-45.
►"Ernest Hemingway's Miracle Play: 'Today Is Friday' and the York Play of the  Crucifixion" Markham Review 4 (1973): 8-11.
►"A Note on John Hammond's Leah and Rachel." Southern Literary Journal 6 (1973): 77-80.
►"Sentiment and Sensibility: The Role of Emotion in William Hill Brown's The Power of    Sympathy." Studies in American Fiction 1 (1973): 121-32.
►"John Smith, the 'Starving Time,' and the Genesis of Southern Humor." Louisiana Studies: An Interdsciplinary Journal of the South 12 (1973): 383-90.
►"'Clio's Rhimes': History and Satire in Ebenezer Cooke's 'History of Bacon's Rebellion in Virginia.'" Southern Literary Journal 6 (1974): 91-106.
►"Whittier's Belial: A Note on 'Ichabod.'" American Transcendental Quarterly No. 22  (1974): 15-17.
►"Neoclassicism and Romanticism: A Reading of Freneau's 'The Wild Honey Suckle.'"  Early American Literature 9 (1974): 53-61.
"Pastoral Celebration and Satire in Thomas Morton's New English Canaan." Criticism 16 (1974): 217-31.
►"Ebenezer Cooke's Sotweed Redivivus: Satire in the Horatian Mode." Mississippi Quarterly 28 (1975): 489-96.
►"Westover and the Wilderness: William Byrd's Images of Virginia." Southern Literary  Journal 7 (1975): 105-23.
►"The Death of Major André: Some Eighteenth-Century Views." Early American Literature 11 (1976): 52-67.
►"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 Blackness of Darkness: Satire, Romance, and Ebenezer Cooke's The Sot-Weed Factor." Tennessee Studies in Literature 21 (1976): 1-10.
►"The Romance of Roanoke: Virginia Dare and the Lost Colony in American Literature, 1585-1970." Southern Literary Journal 10 (1978): 5-45.
►"The Landing of the Pilgrim Fathers: Plymouth Rock Revisited." Journal of American Culture 6, No. 4 (Winter 1983): 25-35.
►"'The black, memorable year 1929': James Thurber and the Great Depression."  Studies in American Humor 3, n.s. (1984-85): 237-52.
►"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 Child of Snow'": A Note on an 'Early American' Short Story." Early American Literature 31 (1996): 98-100.