Robyn Warhol is Vice Chair of the Department of English and Director of Project Narrative. 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 PhD in 1982 from Stanford University and her BA 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; The Professional Dinner Guest: The Public and Private Lives of George Scharf, Victorian Bachelor, co-authored with Helena Michie and based on archival research about the social life of the founding director of London's National Portrait Gallery during the second half of the nineteenth century; Practicing Narrative Theory: Four Perspectives in Conversation, co-authored with Jim Phelan, Peter Rabinowitz, David Herman, and Brian Richardson and forthcoming from Ohio State University Press; and the English Institute's volume on Genre, of which she is editor. She is also writing about embodied narrative perspective in visual texts which use formal realism, such as Alison Bechdel's 2006 graphic memoir, Fun Home, and NBC's mock-reality comedy series, The Office.
- Narrative Theory
- Feminist Theory
- 19th-century Women's Writing
- Victorian Literature
- Popular Culture
- Gender and Sexuality Studies
- PhD, 1982, Stanford University
- BA, 1977, Pomona College