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Robert Scholes

Born: May 19, 1929

Birthplace: Brooklyn

Nationality: United States

Robert Scholes

Date of Birth : May 19, 1929
Birth Place : Brooklyn

Robert E. Scholes is an American literary critic and theorist. He is known for his ideas on fabulation and metafiction. He graduated from Yale University. Since 1970 he has been a Professor at Brown University. With Eric S. Rabkin, he published in 1977 the book Science Fiction: History, Science, Vision, which considerably influenced science fiction studies. In it, they attempt to explain the literary history of the genre, but also the sciences such as physics and astronomy. Scholes holds honorary doctorates from Lumiere University Lyon 2, France, and SUNY Purchase. He is a past president of the Semiotic Society of America and of the Modern Language Association of America. Scholes is currently the director of the Modernist Journals Project. In his collaboration with Clifford Wulfman, Modernism in the Magazines: An Introduction, Scholes offers a primer on early twentieth-century magazines, with particular attention given to the relationship of advertising to editorial content.

Awards Won


  • Guggenheim Fellowship for Humanities, US & Canada
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