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Prof. Robyn Warhol

Robyn Warhol

Robyn Warhol

Robyn Warhol is Arts and Humanities Distinguished Professor of English at the Ohio State University. After 26 years on the faculty at the University of Vermont, she joined Ohio State's faculty as a core member of Project Narrative in 2009.

As a feminist narratologist, Warhol studies the interrelations between gender and narrative forms. She is known among feminist scholars as the co-editor (with Diane Price Herndl) of Feminisms: An Anthology of Literary Theory and Criticism (1991, 1997) and its successor, Feminisms Redux (2009). Among other publications, Warhol has written 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 long-form TV series, Hollywood film, and Victorian and contemporary serial fiction. More recently she has been working on “reality effects” in mockumentaries like NBC’s The Office and in so-called reality-TV shows such as The Real Housewives series, and on the relationship between serial form and representations of addiction and alcoholism on long-form TV series. She and Susan S. Lanser have co-edited a volume of contemporary essays on queer and feminist narrative theory, Narrative 2.0, coming out in 2015 from Ohio State University press. Her two current books in progress are a theory of recalcitrant narrative gestures in Victorian novels, called Narrative Refusals, and a work of “meta-archival biography” Love Among the Archives: Writing the Lives of Sir George Scharf, Victorian Bachelor, co-authored by Helena Michie. 

In April-May 2014 she will be a visiting fellow at John-F.-Kennedy-Institut für Nordamerikastudien, Freie Universität Berlin, where she will be discussing research projects in workshops, as well as giving talks at the John F. Kennedy Institute.  

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