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Professor of English


  • B.A. English, SUNY-Geneseo, 1974
  • M.A. English, SUNY-Geneseo, 1978
  • Ph.D. English, Binghamton University, 1987

Teaching Specialties

  • Medieval Studies
  • Old and Middle English Literature
  • Medieval Latin
  • the Old Norse Saga
  • British Romantic Poetry
  • Beowulf
  • Dante
  • Chaucer
  • Blake
  • Lawrence
  • Huxley

Courses Taught

  • Medieval Literature
  • British Literature to 1800
  • British Novel
  • Introduction to Poetry and Drama
  • Romantic Literature
  • Topics in British Literature
  • British Authors through the Renaissance
  • British Authors from the Renaissance through the Romantic Period
  • British Authors since the Romantic Period

Research Interests

  • Editor, "Abstracts of Papers in Anglo-Saxon Studies." An annual feature published for the Old English Division of the Modern Language Association of America, in the journal Old English Newsletter. Vols. 20-36 (1986-2003).
  • "Heorot and Dragon-Slaying in Beowulf." Proceedings of the Patristic, Mediaeval, and Renaissance Conference 11 (1986): 159-75.
  • Assistant Editor, Mediaevalia. A Special Issue: Ovid in Medieval Culture. Vol. 13 (1989, for 1987).
  • "Buffalo Bull." Viet Nam Generation 3.4 (1992): 41-45.
  • "As Whiteness Fades to Fallow: Riding into Time in Beowulf." In Geardagum 14 (1993): 13-25.
  • King of the Once Wild Frontier: Reflections of a Canal Walker. Rochester, NY, 1993.
  • Editor, Lady in Waiting: Poems in English and Spanish, by M. H. Rojas. Rochester, NY, 1994.
  • "Glæd Man at Heorot: Beowulf and the Anglo-Saxon Psalter." Leeds Studies in English 27 (1996): 49-68.
  • "Understanding the Outsider: Grendel, Geisel, and the Grinch." Popular Culture Review 11.1 (2000): 99-105.
  • "From 'Whale-Road' to 'Gannet's Bath ': Images of Foreign Relations and Exchange in Beowulf." Reading Medieval Studies 28 (2002): 59-86.
  • "Ending on a Giant Theme: The Utrecht and Harley Psalters, and the Pointed-Helmet Coinage of Cnut." Intertexts: Studies in Early Insular Culture Presented to Paul E. Szarmach. Ed. Virginia Blanton and Helene Scheck. Tempe, AZ, 2008. 241-54.
  • “King Cnut’s Last Coinage?” Enarratio 17 (2014, for 2010): 1-12.  Print.
  • “King Cnut’s Last Coinage?” Ohio SU Knowledge Bank (2014): http://hdl.handle.net/1811/60438. Web
  • Current Project:
    I am continuing my investigation of the interrelationship of literature, representational art, and coinage in England and Scandinavia during the reigns of Cnut, Harold I, and Harthacnut.

    I am also examining the appearance and treatment of biblical and apocryphal themes in the works of D. H. Lawrence.


  • Arkansas State University Faculty Award for Scholarship, 1993-1994
  • "Pick of the Month" in Small Press Review, June 1994: Lady in Waiting

Robert Schichler

Contact Information

P: (870) 972-2243


Building: HSS
Room: 4066