President of Victoria University; Associate Professor of English and Medieval Studies; Graduate Faculty; Undergraduate Instructor
Victoria College, Northrop Frye Hall 120Email:
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B.A. (Brown), M.Phil. (St. Andrews), Ph.D. ( Princeton)William Robins
is President of Victoria University, and Associate Professor of English and Medieval Studies at the University of Toronto. His research, which spans from Late-Antiquity through the Middle Ages to the Italian Renaissance, tracks the circulation of literary texts as they are transmitted and transformed across national borders, bibliographic media and linguistic communities. He elucidates how cultures engage, develop and reshape the stories of their historical predecessors—and how they use the knowledge of the past to innovate new ways of understanding their present. These research goals currently converge in two major projects: a wide-ranging analysis of Boccaccio’s Decameron
and its intertextual networks in fourteenth and fifteenth century Europe, part of which has appeard in Speculum
; and a comprehensive study of Apollonius of Tyre and its influence on the literary and socio-cultural practices of Medieval and Renaissance Italy, which is supported by funding from SSHRC. He is also editing the volume of essays on Day Eight of the Decameron for the Lectura Boccaccii series. His previous contributions include two edited collections—Textual Cultures of Medieval Italy,
and Sacred and Profane in Chaucer
and Late Medieval Literature
—as well as a critical edition of Antonio Pucci’s Cantari della Reina d’Oriente.
Professor Robins similarly fuses book history, literary analysis and cultural criticism in the classroom, for which he earned the Outstanding Teaching Award from the Faculty of Arts and Science in 2014. He has directed academic graduate programs in Book History and Print Culture and in Editing Medieval Texts, and he is the founder and coordinator of the annual Canada Chaucer Seminar. As President of Victoria University in the University of Toronto, Robins strengthens collaborations among students, faculty members, and members of the wider community as he publicly champions the values of liberal education, social conscience, and humanistic inquiry. Publications
Textual Cultures of Medieval Italy.
Edited by William Robins. Toronto: U of Toronto P, 2011. Sacred and Profane in Chaucer and Late Medieval Literature: Essays in Honour of John V. Fleming
. Edited by Robert Epstein and William Robins. Toronto: U of Toronto P, 2010.
Antonio Pucci: I cantari della Reina d' Oriente
, with Attilio Motta Bologna: Commissione per i Testi di Lingua, 2007.
“Intertextuality and Romance in the Novella of Bernarbò and Zinevra (Decameron 2.9).” Heliotropia (forthcoming)
“Modular Dynamics in the South English Legendary.” In Rethinking the South English Legendaries. Ed. Jocelyn Wogan-Browne and Heather Blurton. Manchester: Manchester University Press: 2011. 187-208.