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Robert J. DeMott


Edwin and Ruth Kennedy Distinguished Professor

American Literature and Writing

Office: Ellis 331
Office Phone: 593-2792
Email: demott@ohio.edu


Ph.D., Kent State University, 1969
M.A., John Carroll University, 1967
B.A., Assumption College, 1965


Numerous books on literary topics, including:

Artful Thunder: Versions of the Romantic Tradition in American Literature (coedited, 1975)

Steinbeck’s Reading (1984),

After The Grapes of Wrath (coedited, 1995)

Steinbeck’s Typewriter (1996)

Dave Smith: A Literary Archive (2000).

Also two collections of poems:

News of Loss (1995)

The Weather in Athens (2001). 

Curriculum Vitae

Except for two years as Visiting Professor at San Jose State (California) where I also directed SJSU’s Steinbeck Research Center, I have taught at Ohio since 1969. I have received numerous teaching awards, including Outstanding Graduate Professor, University Professor, Jeanette Grasselli Faculty Teaching Award in the Humanities, and the Honors Tutorial College’s Outstanding Tutor. In addition I have published a dozen or so books, countless essays, reviews, and poems in a wide variety of books and journals, from Studies in American Fiction and American Literature to The Georgia Review and The Southern Review. My annotated edition of John Steinbeck’s Working Days: The Journals of The Grapes of Wrath (1989) was a New York Times Best Book of 1989; my Steinbeck’s Typewriter: Essays on His Art (1996), was co-winner of the Nancy Dasher Book Award in 1998 from College English Association of Ohio for best critical book published in a three year period (1995-1997).I am Editor (with Elaine Steinbeck as Special Consultant) of the three volume Library of America Steinbeck project, of which Volume 1, Novels and Stories, 1932-1937 appeared in 1994, Volume 2, The Grapes of Wrath and Other Writings, 1936-1941 appeared in 1996, and Volume 3, Novels, 1942-1952, is set to appear in 2002. I have also directed 19 PhD dissertations since 1971, of which 5 have been published or accepted for publication. Many of my doctoral students hold full time teaching or administrative positions at such schools as Carleton College, Western Maryland University, Western Carolina University, Central Missouri University, State University of New York at Plattsburgh, and Florida State University. Current projects include Conversations with Jim Harrison, a collection of interviews forthcoming from University Press of Mississippi in 2002. I am also a graduate of Western Rivers Professional Guide School and I am certified by the Federation of Fly Fishers as a casting instructor.


Undergraduate Courses Include:
"From Waste Land to Border Land: A View of 20th Century American Literature"; an Honors Tutorial College course
"Imagining America: Nature, Self, Community"; an introductory poetry writing workshop (English 362)

Graduate Courses Include:
"Errands into the Wilderness: Changing Perspectives in Theory and Practice"
"Blest Nouvelle or Literary Bannana Republic?: The American Novella"
"Studies in American Nature Writing"
English 716, Apprenticeship in Teaching Literature

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