Dr. Robert Rhode
Education: PhD (1981), Early American Literature and Prose Fiction; MA (1978), Creative Writing; BS (1976), English magna cum laude, Indiana University-Bloomington.
Teaching and Research Interests: 19th century American literature, William Dean Howells, Edgar Allan Poe, Walt Whitman, the cultures of small towns and rural areas, and the steam-power era in literature and history.
Statement: I have published five books, three of them focusing on the steam era in literature and history, along with over a hundred articles on the history and literature of the steam era. I have also published an invited essay alongside those of Wendell Berry and John Hildebrandt in Black Earth and Ivory Tower: New American Essays from Farm and Classroom, an anthology featuring "North America’s foremost contemporary writers on the present rural experience." I am actively involved in a number of local history initiatives.
Author: The Steam Tractor Encyclopedia. Boston: Quayside Group, 2008. With John F. Spalding.
The Harvest Story: Recollections of Old-Time Threshermen. West Lafayette: Purdue UP, 2001.
Classic American Steamrollers 1871-1935 Photo Archive. Hudson, WI: Iconografix, 2001. With Raymond Drake.
Your Personal Writing Workout. 1st-3rd ed. New York: McGraw Hill, 2000. With Nancy Kersell.
Speak No Evil! A Grammar Guide. New York: McGraw Hill, 1995. With Patricia Borne.
Articles in The Journal of Kentucky Studies; Kentucky Philological Review; Notes and Queries; National Honors Report; Queen City Heritage; The Teaching Professor; Studies in Popular Culture; Poe Studies Association Newsletter; Forum for Honors; Indiana English; Steam Traction; Old Abe's News; Iron-Men Album Magazine; Engineers and Engines Magazine; Heritage Eagle.
Book chapters in A History of Warren County, Indiana; Dealing with Censorship.
Invited essay in Black Earth and Ivory Tower: New American Essays from Farm and Classroom (U of South Carolina P, 2005).
Numerous poems in refereed journals.
Editor: Bixler, Lorin E. The Aultman & Taylor Company. Lancaster: STEMGAS Publishing 2000. Ogden Publishing 2001-2003.