North American Scholar

SONKOWSKY, Robert Paul

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  • Date of Birth (YYYY-MM-DD): 1931-09-16
  • Born City: Appleton
  • Born State/Country: WI
  • Date of Death (YYYY-MM-DD): 2014-11-16
  • Death City: North Oaks
  • Death State/Country: MN
  • Married: Barbara Lou Zierke, 8 June 1956
  • Education:

    B.A. Lawrence College, 1954; postgraduate work, University of Rome, 1957; Ph.D., U. North Carolina, 1958.

  • Professional Experience:

    Instr. to asst. prof. classics, U. of Texas, 1958-61; fellow, Institute for Research in the Humanities, U. of Wisconsin, 1961-2; asso. prof. classics, U. Missouri, 1962-3; asso. prof. classics, speech & Theatre Arts, U. Minnesota, 1963-4; prof., 1964-2005; chair, dept. classics, 1964-78; Distinguished Marbrook vis. prof. Macalister Coll., 1987-8; actor, Lawrence College Theatre and Attic Theatre, Appleton, WI, 1950-4; Carolina Playmakers, Chapel Hill, NC, 1954-8; Wilderness Rd. Theater Co., Berea, KY, The Confederacy Co., Virginia Beach, VA, summers 1955-8; Pillsbury House and Lyric Theaters, Minneapolis, 1991; Looking Glass Theater, St.Paul, 1993; Theater on the Park, Minneapolis, 1994-2000; guest artist, U. of Minnesota Theatre, 1996; Bedlam Theater, Minneapolis, 2002; Rogue Buddha Gallery Theater, Minneapolis, 2003; Tehatre de la Jenne Lune, 2004; La Jolla Playhouse, CA, 2005; Garrison Keillor's Prairie Home Companion, Minneapolis, 2006; Comic Boko Films and Heart Beat of America (TV), Malibu, CA, 2006; Guthrie Lab Theater, Minneapolis, 2000-2014. 

  • Dissertation:

    "Gasparino Barzizza's De compositione" (North Carolina, 1959) 

  • Publications:

    “An Aspect of Delivery in Ancient Rhetorical Theory,” TAPA 90 (1959) 256-74; A Critical Edition of the Latin Rhetorical Treatise De Compositione by Gasparino Barzizza of Bergamo," Yearbook of the American Philosophical Society (1962) 629; “Scholarship and Showmanship,” Arion 1,1 (1962) 102-7; “A Fifteenth-Century Rhetorical Opusculum,” in Classical, Mediaeval and Renaissance Studies in Honor of B. L. Ullman, II, ed. C. Henderson, Jr. (Rome: Ed. di Storia e Letteratura, 1964) 259-81; "Greek Euphony and Oral Performance," Arion 6,4 (Winter 1967) 519-27; "Guthrie's Oresteia," Arion 7,1 (Spring 1968) 154-8; "Iphigenia at Circle in the Square," Arion 7,2 (Summer 1968) 309-10; "Euphantastik: Memory and Delivery in the Classical Rhetorical Tradition," in Rhetoric 78: Proceedings of Theory of Rhetoric An Interdisciplinary Conference, ed. R.L. Brown & M. Steinmann (Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Center for Advanced Studies in Language, Style, and Literary Theory, 1979) 375ff;  "Oral Performance and Ancient Greek Literature" & "Oral Interpretation of Classical Latin Literature," Performance of Literature in Historical Perspective, ed. D. Thompson et al.  (Latham, MD: University Press of America, 1983) chapters 1 & 2 pp. 1-65; Selections from Vergil Read in Classical Latin (Guilford, CT: Jeffrey Norton Publ. ; London, 1985) (audio cassette); “The Evidence of Quintilian and Suetonius on the Delivery of Vergil's Poetry,” (with Matthew Santirocco) AAPA (1988);  “Tranio in Plautus' Mostellaria: Building the Character,” T&P 12 (1992) 95-99; “Latin Verse-Ictus and Multimodal Entrainment,” (with Franz Halberg) ElectronAnt 8,2 (2004-2005) 7-23

  • Sources:

    WhAm; DAS 8,3: 499; Minneapolis Star Tribune (19 November 2014).