Robert Scholes Andrew W. Mellon Professor Emeritus of Humanities

I majored in English at Yale, graduating in 1950; served on active duty in the U. S. Naval Reserve during the Korean War; received an MA from Cornell in 1956 and a PhD in English in 1959. Since then I have taught mainly at the U. of Virginia, the U. of Iowa, and, since 1970, at Brown. I have published extensively in the areas of narrative studies and modern literature as well as on the profession of English. I have been President of both the Semiotic Society of America and the Modern Language Association. At Brown, I was one of the founders of what is now the Department of Modern Culture and Media. I retired from regular teaching in 1999, and have been a Professor (Research) of MCM since then and Director of the MJP at Brown.

Brown Affiliations

Research Areas

research overview

The main thing I am doing at present is directing the Modernist Journals Project, which is becoming a major resource for students of modernism. The MJP has now completed an online edition of The New Age magazine, edited by A. R. Orage in London from 1907 to 1922. We now have all of these thirty volumes up in the form of PDF Searchable Image files, with introductions and a full editorial apparatus. With the help of a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, this project was completed in the spring of 2005. Our goal is to add additional journals and supporting materials that will make this thematic research collection a widely used tool for research and instruction in modernism.

research statement

Robert Scholes is the author of many books and articles on literature, theory, and pedagogy. He is a specialist in modernism. His work has been translated into a number of foreign languages, both European and Asian.

funded research

For personal grants I no longer have funding records.
For the 2005 National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) grant, total funding was $296,897 (NEH funding $137,749)