Robert Combs

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Robert Combs

Professor of English


Email: Robert Combs
Office Phone: (202) 676-6632

Professor of English

My teaching and research interests include American Drama, especially the plays of Eugene O’Neill, and short fiction from Poe to the present.

Vision of the Voyage: Hart Crane and the Psychology of Romanticism. Memphis: Memphis State UP, 1978.

“O’Neill’s ‘Hughie’: The Sea Plays Revisited,” in Native Eloquence: New Essays on Eugene O’Neill’s One-acts, ed. Michael Bennett. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2013. 175-192.

“Bohemians on the Bookcase: Quotations in Long Day’s Journey into Night and AhWilderness!” The Eugene O’Neill Review, Vol. 33, No.1, 2012. 1-13.

Salome and the Shudder of History: A Reading in Memory of Morse Peckham,” in Refiguring Oscar Wilde’s Salome, ed. Michael Bennett. Amsterdam and New York: Rodopi, 2011. 183-199.

“’O’Neill’: The Unwritten Chapter in D. H. Lawrence’s Studies in Classic American Literature,” in The Eugene O’Neill Review, Vol. 31, Fall 2009. 60-66.

“The Eternal Now of Brave New World: Huxley, Joseph Campbell, and The Perennial Philosophy,” in Huxley’s Brave New World: Essays, ed. David Garrett Izzo and Kim Kirkpatrick, Jefferson, NC: McFarland, 2008. 161-171.

“The Importance of Being Henry James: What the Master Learned from Oscar Wilde,” in Henry James Against the Aesthetic Movement, ed. David Garrett Izzo and Daniel T. O’Hara. Jefferson, NC: McFarland, 2006. 186-200.

“Internalizing Terror: Reflections of Arthur Miller’s Broken Glass in Pinter and Williams,” in Arthur Miller: Twentieth Century Legend, ed. Syed Mashkoor Ali. Jaipur (India): Surabhi Publications, 2006. 353-361.

“Affinities Between the Poetry of Hart Crane and the Plays of Eugene O’Neill,” in The Eugene O’Neill Review, Vol. 27, Fall 2005, pp. 51-60.

“Camus, O’Neill, and the Dead Mother Society,” in The Eugene O’Neill Review, Vol. 26, Spring, 2004, pp. 189-198.

“Oh, Those Kids! Vanishing Childhood Innocence in the Adults of William Inge,” in American Drama, Vol. 13, no. 2 (Summer 2004), pp. 64-81.

Ph.D., University of South Carolina, 1971.