Dr. Bob Mielke
Professor of English
2020-2021: On sabbatical
BA, Marquette University; MA, PhD, Duke University; Graduate Study, Northeastern University.
Dr. Mielke began to teach at Truman in 1986, and he specializes in and usually teaches American Literature, early modern to post-modern British Literature, 20th Century World Literature, Film, Literary Theory, American Studies, and Cultural Studies. His current research interests are revising for publication book-length manuscripts in American nuclear culture and avant-pop music; starting a project on American Catholicism in the wake of Vatican II.
"I'm from Milwaukee. I did my graduate work primarily at Duke University (both MA and PhD). Aside from turning my hobbies into my areas of specialization, I also like to cook for people and care for my 3 cats, 21 fish, and corn snake. I also like to sing and play crude synthesizer and/or/as percussion."
Dr. Mielke's favorite authors are James Joyce and Lester Bangs. His favorite text is Dhalgren by Samuel R. Delany.
His favorite quotation?
"...[H]uman language is like a cracked tub on which we beat out ditties to make a bear dance, when we would move the stars to weep."
-Gustave Flaubert, Mme. Bovary