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Professor Eric S. Rabkin, Ph.D.

Professor Eric S. Rabkin
  • University of Michigan
  • University of Iowa
It is correct to say that fairy tales teach morals. This is true for those shaped by oral transmission through generations and for those, like many of Aesop’s fables, that may have been invented by a professional storyteller.NULL
Dr. Eric S. Rabkin is the Arthur F. Thurnau Professor of English Language and Literature at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. He earned his bachelor's degree at Cornell University and his Ph.D. at The University of Iowa. Professor Rabkin received the Golden Apple Award, given annually by students for the outstanding teacher at the University of Michigan. Other awards include the University Teaching Award, the LS&A Excellence in Education Award, and the University of Michigan Distinguished Faculty Achievement Award. He also received a fellowship from the American Council for Learned Societies, and research funding from the American Philosophical Society. Dr. Rabkin is well known for his large, popular lecture courses on science fiction and fantasy and for his many teaching innovations. His research examines fantasy literature, science fiction, and graphic narrative, among other topics. He is credited with more than 160 publications. His more than 30 books include Narrative Suspense; The Fantastic in Literature; Science Fiction: History, Science, Vision (with Robert Scholes); Teaching Writing That Works: A Group Approach to Practical English (with Macklin Smith); and Mars: A Tour of the Human Imagination.
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"No one knows more about science fiction and fantasy and can present it better than Professor Eric Rabkin. He will take you down rabbit holes and black holes you didn't even know existed."

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3 Courses and Sets

  1. Masterpieces of the Imaginative Mind: Literature's Most Fantastic Works

    Masterpieces of the Imaginative Mind: Literature's Most Fantastic Works

    Eric S. Rabkin
    Starting at $129.95 Starting at $129.95 $254.95 $129.95$254.95
    Explore classic masterpieces of the imaginative mind from famous authors such as Mary Shelley, Edgar Allan Poe, Virginia Woolf, Franz Kafka, Jules Verne, J. R. R. Tolkien, Robert A. Heinlein, Isaac Asimov, and more. From talking frogs to human robots, from Mad Hatters to mad scientists, Professor Rabkin helps you discover the magic, wonder, and profound significance of that literature.
  2. (Set) Masterpieces of the Imaginative Mind & Iliad of Homer & Odyssey of Homer  Set

    (Set) Masterpieces of the Imaginative Mind & Iliad of Homer & Odyssey of Homer

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $309.85 Starting at $309.85 $654.85 $309.85$654.85
  3. Building Great Sentences: Expl Set

    Building Great Sentences: Expl

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $389.85 Starting at $389.85 $764.85 $389.85$764.85
    These three insightful courses will open your eyes and ears to the power of language and literature. Building Great Sentences: Exploring the Writer's Craft investigates the myriad ways we think about, talk about, and write sentences that have the power to captivate our attention and emotions. Masterpieces of the Imaginative Mind: Literature's Most Fantastic Works explores strange tales of fantasy and science...