Robert L. (Bob) King: Teacher and Scholar

Title signage.

Title signage.

Just one example of King's publications on display at Alumnae Library, Elms College.

Just one example of King’s publications on display at Alumnae Library, Elms College.

Side view perspective of this display.

Side view perspective of this display.


ALUMNAE LIBRARY: THIS LIBRARY DISPLAY PROVIDES INFORMATION ABOUT THE TEACHING AND WRITINGS OF ROBERT L. KING


Book jacket of Robert L. King's The Ethos of Drama.

Book jacket of Robert L. King’s The Ethos of Drama.

Robert L. King is a Professor of English at Elms College whose research and writing interests include drama, literature, as well as 17th-century rhetoric, 20th-century political rhetoric and journalism, and rhetorical drama and criticism. Just a short list of courses taught at Elms includes Advanced Writing, Rhetoric, Shakespeare, Milton, and 18th-Century Satire.

Prior to publishing his book, The Ethos of Drama: Rhetorical Theory and Dramatic Worth, King earned five summer awards from the National Endowment for the Humanities for research and collegial discussions of his work. His book applies traditional rhetoric theory as well as ethical theory to the works of Shakespeare, Anton Chekhov, David Mamet, Eugene O’Neill, Arthur Miller, and George Bernard Shaw. He is also a contributing editor for The North American Review and has been a long-time member of the International Society for the Study of Rhetoric.


About the Display

This display features various writings by Robert L. King. The display case, acquired in fall 2013, was donated by King's students.

This display features various writings by Robert L. King. The display case, acquired in fall 2013, was donated in memory of Jeanne Dobbs (Class of 1971) by her classmates.

The display featuring King’s writings is housed in a case donated to Elms College by his students in memory of Jeanne Dobbs, Class of 1971. Dobbs’ classmates requested that King’s work would be the first placed on exhibit. Included are his book and writings that appeared in the Chicago Review, the Columbia Journalism Review, Cross Currents, the Journal of Theatre and Drama, Language and Style, The Massachusetts Review, The North American Review, The Quarterly Journal of Speech, the South African Theatre Journal, and The Southwest Review. From the titles, King’s writings would be of interest to those studying rhetoric and language in politics, the media, popular culture, as well as theatre and literary criticism, journalism, dramatic theory, ethics, religious studies, and women’s studies.


Selected Publications

The display also features title pages of King's publications.

The display also features title pages of King’s publications.

Below is a brief list of King’s books, articles, and literary criticism. It shows just some of the breadth and depth of his studies.

 
 
 
 
 

Book
King, Robert L. The Ethos of Drama: Rhetorical Theory and Dramatic Worth.      Washington, DC: The Catholic University of America Press, 2010.

Articles and Literary Criticism
“Dramatic Worth: Rhetorical Ethos and Dramatic Theory.” Journal of Theatre and      Drama 5-6 (1999-2000): 197-214.

“Flowers, Fangs, Fear.” The New York Times, 19 Mar. 1978, P. 19.

“Language and Values in David Hare.” David Hare: A Casebook. Hersh Zeifman,      ed. New York: Garland Press, 1994).

“The Machining of America.” Commonweal, 27 May 1977, pp. 340-42.

“The Play of Uncertain Ideas.” The Massachusetts Review 17, no. 2 (2001): 165-75.

“Shylock After Auschwitz.” Chicago Review 40, no. 4 (1994): 59-67.

“Stage Effects and Staged Effects.” North American Review 294, nos 3-4 (2009):
     71-74.

“Stoppard’s Trilogy, Churchill’s Future, Ireland’s Past.” North American Review      288, nos 3-4 (2003): 71-75.

“Voice and the Inevitability of Ethos.” The Changing Tradition: Women in the      History of Rhetoric. Christine Sutherland and Rebecca Sutcliffe, eds. Calgary:      University of Calgary Press, 1999.


Authors: Tony Fonseca and Melissa Ursula Dawn Goldsmith

© 2013 Tony Fonseca and Melissa Ursula Dawn Goldsmith
Photographs: Melissa Ursula Dawn Goldsmith
Materials graciously provided by Bob King upon our request.