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Rick Benjamin

John Cayley

Robert Coover

Brian Evenson

Thalia Field

Forrest Gander

Renee Gladman

Michael S. Harper

Joanna Howard

George Lamming

Sam Marks

Carole Maso

GGale Nelson

Aishah Rahman

Meredith Steinbach

Keith Waldrop

John Edgar Wideman

C.D. Wright

Visiting Faculty

Emeritus Faculty


Robert Coover, Visiting Professor of Literary Arts

Office Location: Room 308, 68 1/2 Brown St.

Phone: (401) 863-1152

Fall 2010 courses
Not teaching LITR courses this semester.

Spring 2011 course
Not teaching LITR courses this semester.

Robert Coover’s most recent books are The Adventures of Lucky Pierre: Directors’ Cut, Stepmother, and A Child Again. He is the recipient of the William Faulkner, Brandeis University, American Academy of Arts and Letters, National Endowment of the Arts, Rea Lifetime Short Story, Rhode Island Governor’s Arts, Pell, and Clifton Fadiman Awards, as well as Rockefeller, Guggenheim, Lannan Foundation, and DAAD fellowships. Among other courses, he teaches experimental narrative and literary hypermedia workshops, including “CaveWriting,” a spatial hypertext writing workshop in immersive virtual reality.

Abbreviated vita:Born 1932, Charles City, Iowa. Universities: Southern Illinois University, Indiana University (B.A., 1953), University of Chicago (M.A., 1965). Married; three children, five grandchildren.Books:

  • The Origin of the Brunists, Putnam, New York, 1966. Current paperback edition: Grove-Atlantic, New York.The Universal Baseball Association, J. Henry Waugh, Prop., Random House, NY, 1968. Current paperback edition: New American Library, New York.Pricksongs & Descants (short fictions), E.P.Dutton, New York, 1969. Current paperback edition: Grove-Atlantic, New York.A Theological Position (plays), E.P.Dutton, New York, 1972.The Public Burning, Viking, New York, 1977. Current paperback edition: Grove-Atlantic, New York. Introduction: William Gass.A Political Fable (The Cat in the Hat for President), Viking, New York, 1980.Spanking the Maid, Grove Press, New York, 1982. Current paperback edition: Grove-Atlantic, New York.Gerald’s Party, Simon & Schuster (Linden Press), New York, 1986. Current paperback edition: Grove-Atlantic, New York.A Night at the Movies (short fictions), Simon & Schuster (Linden), New York, 1987. Current paperback edition: Dalkey Archive, Normal IL.Whatever Happened to Gloomy Gus of the Chicago Bears?, Simon & Schuster (Linden), New York, 1987.Pinocchio in Venice, Simon & Schuster (Linden), New York, 1991. Current paperback edition: Grove-Atlantic, New York.John’s Wife, Simon & Schuster, New York, 1996. Current paperback edition: Scribner, New York.Briar Rose, Grove-Atlantic, New York, 1997. Current paperback edition: Grove-Atlantic, New York.
  • Ghost Town, Henry Holt, New York, 1998. Current paperback edition: Grove-Atlantic, New York.
  • The Adventures of Lucky Pierre: Directors’ Cut, Grove-Atlantic, New York, 2002. . Current paperback edition: Grove-Atlantic, New York.
  • Stepmother, McSweeney’s Books, San Francisco, 2004.
  • A Child Again (short fictions), McSweeney’s Books, San Francisco, 2005.

Small Presses:

  • The Waterpourer, Bruccoli-Clark, 1972.The Stonewall Book of Short Fictions (ed.), Stonewall, 1974.Hair O’ the Chine, Bruccoli-Clark, 1979.Charlie in the House of Rue, Penmaen, 1980.After Lazarus, Bruccoli-Clark, 1980.Spanking the Maid, Bruccoli-Clark, 1981.The Convention, Lord John, 1982.In Bed One Night & Other Brief Encounters, Burning Deck, 1983.Aesop’s Forest, Capra (with Brian Swann), 1986.
  • The Grand Hotels (of Joseph Cornell), Burning Deck, 2001.

Work translated in: France, Belgium, Spain, Portugal, Italy, Germany, Hungary, Greece, Russia, Israel, Iran, Czech Republic, Poland, Slovakia, Serbia, Croatia, Mexico, Brazil, Japan, China, Korea, Romania, Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Serbia, Catalunya, and others. Virtually all works of fiction have been published in France, Germany, England, and Poland, and most in Italy and Spain.Film: On a Confrontation in Iowa City, 1969.Major studio film Adaptations: The Babysitter, 1996. Innumerable independent film productions of other stories.Plays (productions):

  • The Kid: American Place Theater, New York, 1972; Open Space, London, 1974; other worldwide productions.Love Scene: Troglodyte, Paris, 1973; American Place Theater, New York, 1974; and others.Rip Awake: Odyssey, Los Angeles CA, 1975.A Theological Position: Odyssey, Los Angeles CA, 1975; American Place Theater, New York, 1976.Bridge Hand: Wastepaper Theater, Providence, 1981. Bayerischer Rundfunk (radio), 1992.Pratt Falls Again (Pardauz stürzt noch einmal): Bayerischer Rundfunk (radio), 1993.Charlie Back on Easy Street: American Repertory Theater, Cambridge MA, 1997/8.Pinocchio: Disney, New York, in development.Several short fictions also adapted for stage (including Spanking the Maid in Italy, 1987-88, and elsewhere, The Babysitter in Los Angeles, etc.), and “A Pedestrian Accident” has been turned into an opera. Several published radio plays, performed by university stations. Pinocchio in Venice staged as a play in Romania and England.Screen, a narrative for immersive virtual reality (co-scripted).
  • They come upon a cottage in the woods, a narrative for immersive virtual reality (in development).

Essays and criticism published in American Review, New York Times Book Review, Newsday, Statements, Vanguardia, New Review, Stand, Kenyon Review, Evergreen Review, Saturday Review, Esquire, Liberacion, Boston Observor, Close-up, Frankfurter Rundschau, Nexos, ABC Literario, Contemporary World Literature, Panta, Critique, Traduire, Revue Française d’Etudes Americaines, Libèration, DLB Yearbook, Chelsea Hotel, Yahoo Internet Life, National Geographic,  and many others. Also in numerous anthologies and online magazines.Have also appeared often on the BBC in London, England, speaking on James Joyce, Miguel de Cervantes, hyperfiction, contemporary fiction, my own work, etc.Poems, translations, and uncollected stories published in American Review, Harvard Review, Fiddlehead, Noble Savage, Evergreen Review, Esquire, Playboy, Iowa Review, TriQuarterly, Conjunctions, Fence, Paris Review, Trema, Witness, Delta, Oink!, Bas de Casse, Granta, Anthropomorphosis, Delta, Massachusetts Review, Panache, Antioch Review, Antaeus, Bas de Casse, Narratoi di poche parole, Yemassee, Quarterly Review of Literature, Anthropomorphosis, Fiction International, Frank, Cahiers Renaud Barrault, Cinema&Cinema, Storie, Literatura na ?wiecie, Penthouse, Bennington Review, Epoch, Northeast Review, Third Bed, Spectrum Three, Golden Handcuffs Review, N+1, Deus ex Machina, Daedalus, etc., and in numerous anthologies. Many online stories and novel excerpts in Internet journals.Awards:

  • William Faulkner Award, best first novel, 1966 (The Origin of the Brunists).Rockefeller Foundation, 1969.Brandeis Citation for Fiction, 1969.Guggenheim Foundation, 1971, 1974.3 “Obie” awards for American Place Theater production of “The Kid,” 1972-73.American Academy of Arts & Letters Award, 1976.National Book Award Nomination (The Public Burning), 1977.National Endowment of the Arts, 1985.REA Award for the Short Story, 1987.Rhode Island Governor’s Arts Award, 1988.DAAD Fellowship, Berlin, 1990.Rhode Island Pell Award, 1999.Lannan Foundation Fellowship, 2000.
  • Clifton Fadiman Award for Pricksongs & Descants, 2006.


  • Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, New York, 1966-67.University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa, 1967-69.Princeton University, Princeton, N.J., 1972-73.Brandeis University, Waltham, MA, 1980.Brown University, Providence, R.I., 1981-present.
  • Plus visiting lecture- and professorships at Columbia, Washington University (St. Louis), VMI, UCLA, Maine, and many others.
  • Created the pioneer electronic writing (hypertext fiction) workshops at Brown University in 1990-91, and working since 2002 with writers, composers, artists, modelers, and programmers in the immersive virtual reality of Brown’s “Cave” in a workshop called “Cave Writing.”
  • Created and ran Brown’s Freedom to Write Program in 1989, following the fatwa against Salman Rushdie and the massacre in Tiananmen Square, bringing beleaguered and endangered international writers to Brown on fellowships; revived in 2003 as the foundation-supported International Writers Project. 

Member, PEN International; American Academy of Arts and Letters; American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and other professional organizations; Board of Directors, Electronic Literature Organization. Member of many advisory boards, including SUNY Buffalo Poetics Program, Dichtung-Digital, Kenyon Review, etc. Director of International Writers Project (freedom-to-write) and electronic writing at Brown University.

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