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Robert Folkenflik

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Professor Emeritus
School of Humanities

Ph.D., Cornell University

Phone: (949) 824-6712
Fax: (949)824-2916

University of California, Irvine
369 Humanities Instructional Building
Mail Code: 2650
Irvine, CA 92697
Research Interests
Eighteenth-Century; Renaissance; Novel; Autobiography; Biography; History of Literary Theory; Literature and Other Arts; Cultural Studies
Samuel Johnson, Biographer (Cornell, 1978)
The English Hero, 1660-1800 (Delaware, 1982)
(and Paul Alkon) Samuel Johnson: Pictures and Words (Los Angeles: William Andrews Clark Memorial Library Publications, 1984)
The Culture of Autobiography (Stanford, 1993)
Ed. A Tale of a Tub and the Battle of the Books (Simon, 1979)
Ed. Tobias Smollett, The Adventures of Sir Launcelot Greaves (University of Georgia Press, 2002)
Ed. Tristram Shandy(Modern Library, 2004)

General editor, Irvine Studies in the Humanities (Columbia University Press, 1986-91; Stanford University Press, 1992-98).

Articles, Book Chapters, Review Essays:
“Samuel Johnson,” Oxford Encyclopedia of British Literary History , ed. David Kastan, Nancy Armstrong (Oxford U. P., 2006).

“Wolfgang Iser’s Eighteenth Century,” Poetics Today, 27 (Winter, 2006), 675-91.

"Who knew?: What Anonymity Tells Us" (Review Essay: The Faces of Anonymity: Anonymous and Pseudonymous Publication from the Sixteenth to the Twentieth Century, ed. Robert J. Griffin), Poetics Today, 26:1, (Spring 2005), 151-59.

"The Rupert Barber Portraits of Jonathan Swift," in Representations of Jonathan Swift, ed. Brian A. Connery (University of Delaware Press, 2003), 117-49 + bibliography

“Tobias Smollett, Anthony Walker, and the First Illustrated Serial Novel in English,” Eighteenth-Century Fiction, Special Issue: Fiction and Print Culture 14 (2002), 1-18.

“Folklore, Antiquarianism, Scholarship, and High Literary Culture,” Cambridge History of English Literature, ed. John Richetti (Cambridge University Press, 2005), chapter 23, 602-21; 891-93.

“The New Model Eighteenth-Century Novel,” Eighteenth-Century Fiction, Special Issue: Reconsidering the Rise of the Novel 12 (2000), 459-78.

“Samuel Johnson: The Return of the Jacobites and Other Topics” (Review Essay), Eighteenth-Century Studies 33 (2000), 289-99.

"Gender, Genre, and Theatricality in the Autobiography of Charlotte Charke," in Representations of the Self from the Renaissance to Romanticism, ed. Patrick Coleman, Jayne Lewis, and Jill Kowalik (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2000), 97-116.

"Charlotte Charke: Images and Afterimages," in Introducing Charlotte Charke: Actress, Author, Enigma, ed. Philip Baruth (University of Illinois Press, 1998), 137-61.

"Samuel Johnson's Politics," Chapter 7, The Cambridge Companion to Samuel Johnson, ed. Gregory Clingham (Cambridge U. P., 1997), 102-13.
Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art (Portraits of Samuel Johnson) Summer, 2007 British Academy Exchange Fellowship (Eighteenth-Century Novel), August-Sept., 2005 Cultural Diversity Studies Faculty Research Grant (Slave Narratives), UCI, 2005 UCI Humanities Center Grant (Tristram Shandy), 2002, 2004 Resident Fellow, University of California Humanities Research Institute (Spring 2000), Confession & Conquest: Autobiography of the Americas UCI Humanities Center Grant (Charlotte Charke), 2000 Chancellor’s Award, School of Humanities (one for each school; May 1998), for Distinguished Accomplishment in Fostering Undergraduate Research Fellow, Bellagio (Rockefeller Foundation Study Center), May 6-June 4, 1997 School of Humanities Research Fellowship, Summer 1997 (London) Faculty Columnist, The New University, Spring 1996 Faculty Achievement Award, UCI Rainbow Festival (November 1995) Endowment of Babb Prize in honor of RF (by graduating senior), 1995 Irvine Research Grant, Summer, 1993 Irvine Research Fellowship, Spring, 1991 Teaching Excellence Award, Order of Omega, 1990 Yale Center for British Art Fellowship (January, 1988) Honorary Fellow, Western Humanities Institute, 1984-88 Huntington Library Fellowship, Fall term, 1985 UCI Faculty Fellowship, August, 1984 Committee on Instructional Development Award 1984 (To integrate theater within Introduction to Drama--course required for majors) UCI Faculty Research Fellowship, Spring and Summer, 1983 ACLS Grant-in-Aid, Spring and Summer, 1983 Guggenheim Fellowship, 198O-81 Honorary Fellow, University College, University of London 1980-81 Fulbright Fellowship, Principal Candidate, 1979 (Withdrew to accept Guggenheim) National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship for Younger Humanists, 1973-74. Topic: Historical Contexts of Narrative Forms ACLS Fellowship, 1973-74 (withdrew to accept NEH) Class of 1916 Fellowship, Cornell University, 1966-67 Cornell Literature Club (President, 1965-66) Guilford Prize, Best Essay by a Graduate Student at Cornell: First Prize 1965--"Carlyle and the Epic" First Prize 1963--""A Short View of Mythological Syncretism in the Eighteenth Century"
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