Robert Mayer

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Address: 314B Morrill Hall
Phone: 405-744-6232
Message: 405-744-9474

PhD, Northwestern University

 Areas of Interest & Expertise

  • British literature in the long eighteenth century (1660-1830)
  • The early British novel
  • Early modern British historiography
  • Eighteenth-century fiction on screen
  • Authorship and literary authority   

Recent Upper Division & Graduate Courses Taught

Upper-Division Classes:  

  • Criticism (Critical Theory)
  • History of International and American Cinema
  • British Novel, 1700-1800
  • British Literature, 1600-1800
  • History of American Cinema
  • Criticism; History of World Cinema
  • Shakespeare: Histories and Tragedies.

Graduate Seminars: 

  • History and the Novel
  • Writing the City:  Representations of London in Eighteenth-Century British Literature
  • Theories of the Novel
  • The Eighteenth-Century Novel and Scott 

Selected Publications

"Robinson Crusoe on Television," forthcoming in Quarterly Review of Film and Video

Historical Boundaries, Narrative Forms: Essays on British Literature in the Long Eighteenth Century in Honor of Everett Zimmerman, ed. with Lorna Clymer, (Newark: University of Delaware Press, 2007).

Eighteenth-Century Fiction on Screen,  Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2002.

"Afterword" to Robinson Crusoe, intro. by Paul Theroux (New York: Signet Classics, 2008).

"Lucy Hutchinson: A Life of Writing," The Seventeenth Century, 22 (2007), 305-335.

"Authors and Readers in Scott's Magnum Edition," in Historical Boundaries, Narrative Forms, 114-37.

"Robinson Crusoe in Hollywood," in Approaches to Teaching Robinson Crusoe, eds. Maximillian Novak and Carl Fisher (New York: MLA, 2005), 169-74). 

Honors & Offices

  • Vice-President, Defoe Society
  • Regents Distinguished Research Award, OSU, Fall 2007
  • English Department Graduate Students Faculty Award, OSU, Spring 2007

Recent Grants & Research Trips

  • OSU Arts and Sciences Research & Travel Grant, 2006 (Edinburgh)
  • University Sabbatical, 2005 (London and Edinburgh)
  • Internal English Department Sabbatical (2004)
  • Arts and Sciences Travel Award, OSU, 2005
  • English Department Travel Grants (2003, 2004)
  • Internal English Department Sabbatical (2004)
  • Arts and Sciences Research Award, OSU, 1999 & 2002
  • Research Grants, Oklahoma Humanities Council, 1999
  • NEH Fellowship, Aston Magna Academy, Yale University, June-July 1997

Recent Conference Presentations

"The Robinsonade on American Television," ASECS, Portland, OR, March 2008

"The General History of Discoveries and Improvements:  Enlightenment and Imperialism," ISECS, Montpellier, France, July 2007

Roundtable Participant, "The Future of Defoe Studies," Defoe Society, ASECS,    Atlanta, March 2007

"Politics and the Elegy: The Case of Lucy Hutchinson," Poetry and Politics  Conference, Stirling, Scotland, July 2006

"Lucy Hutchinson's Autobiographical Career," ASECS, Montreal, March 2006

Commentary, "Robinson Crusoe" What's the Word?  MLA/NPR radio series (Sally Placksin, Producer) (aired 2005-2006 on National Public Radio)

Current Research & Projects

I am working on a book-length study of letters written by and to Walter Scott that derives from research I have done over a number years in the archive of letters to Scott held by the National Library of Scotland in Edinburgh.  The book is tentatively entitled: “Reading and Tactics: Walter Scott’s Literary Correspondence.”  I am also working on an essay tentatively entitled "Scott's Editing: History and Authority."