Robert Dunne



Contact Information

Willard-DiLoreto Hall W 401-24

Phone: 860.832.2756




PhD, Lehigh University, 1992

MA, Columbia University, 1987

BA, Fordham University, 1986




Dictionary of Midwestern Literature, vol. 2 (Senior Editor), 2016

A New Book of the Grotesques: Contemporary Approaches to Sherwood Anderson's Early Fiction, 2005

Antebellum Irish Immigration and Emerging Ideologies of "America": A Protestant Backlash, 2002

Dictionary of Midwestern Literature, vol. 1 (Senior Editor), 2001


Selected Essays:

"'Thinking Small': Sherwood Anderson's South and Modern America," Midwestern Miscellany 37 (2009): 33-44

"Windy McPherson's Son: Sowing the Seeds of Winesburg's Twisted Apples," MidAmerica 28 (2001): 13-22

"The Book of the Grotesque: Textual Theory and the Editing of Winesburg, Ohio," Studies in Short Fiction 35.3 (1998): 287-96

"Avoiding Labels: Recasting a Canon Via Myth Criticism," College Literature 19 (1992): 136-41

"Absalom, Absalom! and the Ripple-Effect of the Past," University of Mississippi Studies in English 10 (1992): 56-66

"Plainer Speaking: Sherwood Anderson's Non-Fiction and the 'New Age,'" MidAmerica 19 (1992): 87-95

"A Need for a Critical Winesburg, Ohio," Papers of the Bibliographical Society of America 84 (1990): 303-04

"Beyond Grotesqueness in Winesburg, Ohio," Midwest Quarterly 31 (1990): 180-91


Creative Work:

"Benito Cereno," screen adaptation of Herman Melville's novella, Semi-Finalist in the SoCal Independent Film Festival, 2016


Selected Courses:

Major American Author: Emerson and Thoreau

1970s New York in Prose and Film

Parallel Lines: Emerson, Thoreau, and 21st-Century America

Narrative Duplicity in the American Short Story


Sherwood Anderson and Some Cross-Currents of Modernism

Southern Literature and Culture

Early American Literature

American Renaissance

James Joyce's Dublin (study-abroad course)

Major American Author: Melville

American Myth-making in Prose and Film

American Canon(s)


Selected Professional Activity:

Recipient, MidAmerica Award, "for distinguished contributions to the study of Midwestern Literature," Society for the Study of Midwestern Literature, 2014

Editorial Board Member, Society for the Study of Midwestern Literature (publishes two journals), 2009-

Reviewer by invitation of over a dozen essays or books

Fulbright Senior Scholar, Eötvös Loránd University, József Eötvös University College, Budapest, Hungary, 1996