Robyn Warhol is Vice Chair of the Department of English. After 26 years on the faculty at the University of Vermont, she joined Ohio State's English faculty as a core member of Project Narrative in 2009. A self-described "California person," she received her Ph.D. in 1982 from Stanford University and her B.A. from Pomona College in 1977.
Warhol wrote Gendered Interventions: Narrative Discourse in the Victorian Novel (Rutgers UP, 1989), which lays out an early justification for feminist narratology and develops the notion of the "engaging narrator" in feminine nineteenth-century texts; and Having a Good Cry: Effeminate Feelings and Popular Forms (Ohio State UP, 2003), a study of the ways sentimental, romantic, and serial texts work to establish and reinforce gendered performance in fans of TV, Hollywood film, and fiction. With Diane Price-Herndl she co-edited Feminisms: An Anthology of Literary Theory and Criticism (Rutgers UP, 1991, 1997), which appeared in an updated and abbreviated form as Feminisms Redux in 2009.
Her current book projects include Narrative Refusals, a study of the unnarratable in fiction which examines narrators in nineteenth-century British novels who either say they won't tell something, or else tell something that didn't happen in place of saying what did; George Scharf, Victorian Bachelor: A Literary Reading of an Uneventful Life, co-authored with Helena Michie and based on archival research about the founding director of London's National Portrait Gallery; and Queer and Feminist Narrative Theory, a collection of essays co-edited with Susan Lanser. Recently she has published Practicing Narrative Theory: Four Perspectives in Conversation, co-authored with Jim Phelan, Peter Rabinowitz, David Herman, and David Richardson (Ohio State UP); and the English Institute's volume on Genre, which she edited. She is also working on two essays in popular-culture studies, one about the seeming incompatibility on "quality" television series between the linear "serial plot" and the cyclical "recovery plot," and the other about the structure of address in mockumentary and reality television.
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- Narrative Theory
- Feminist Theory
- 19th-century Women's Writing
- Victorian Literature
- Popular Culture
- Gender and Sexuality Studies
- BA, 1977, Pomona College
- PhD, 1982, Stanford University