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Robert Burkholder

Class of 1972
Major/Minor: English

The 1972 Sophie Kerr Winner


Robert E. Burkholder is associate professor of English at Penn State, University Park.

He is the author, with Joel Myerson, of Emerson and Annotated Secondary Bibliography and Ralph Waldo Emerson: An Annotated Bibliography of Criticism, 1980-1991. He and Myerson co-edited Critical Essays on Ralph Waldo Emerson, and he edited Critical Essays on Melville’s “Benito Cereno.” He is also an editor of English Traits, volume five in The Collected Works of Ralph Waldo Emerson and a member of the editorial board of the Emerson edition.

He teaches experience-based courses at Penn State, and he has taken literature students to the Grand Canyon, the Appalachian Trail, and various wilderness areas to enhance their understanding of the texts they read.

In 2000, he began the Penn State Wilderness Literature Field Institute, a course that combines backpacking, white water rafting and rock climbing with the reading and interpretation of literature. In addition to his B.A. from Washington College, he holds an M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of South Carolina.