Department of English

University of Toronto

Robinson, Terry F.

Terry F. Robinson Robinson_Profile
Assistant Professor; Graduate Faculty (UTSG); Undergraduate Instructor (UTM)
Associate Faculty: Centre for Drama, Theatre, and Performance Studies (CDTPS)
Affiliate Faculty: Collaborative Program in Book History and Print Culture (BHPC)
UTSG Office Location: Jackman Humanities Building: Room 903
UTM Office Location: Erindale Hall: Room 313D
Office Phone: 905-828-3769
Office Hours and/or Leave Status: By Appointment
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Chair: Vincent A. De Luca Lecture Series
Steering Committee and Webmaster: Toronto Eighteenth-Century Group (TECG)
Co-Organizer and Webmaster: Work in Nineteenth-Century Studies (WINCS) Colloquium
Board of Directors: Toronto Masque Theatre

Terry F. Robinson
specializes in eighteenth- and early nineteenth-century British literature and culture. She is currently at work on an interdisciplinary monograph provisionally entitled Impassioned Bodies: Acting and Physical Expression in the Late Georgian Era, which examines how eighteenth-century histrionic theory and practice influenced literary, artistic, and cultural innovation in the Romantic period. A former fellow with the Lewis Walpole Library (Yale University) and the Huntington Library (San Marino, CA), her work has appeared in Eighteenth-Century Life, European Romantic Review, Romantic Circles, Studies in Romanticism, Nineteenth-Century Literature, and BRANCH, among others. She earned her Ph.D. in English Literature from the University of Colorado at Boulder and, prior to her appointment at the University of Toronto, was a Visiting Scholar in the Department of English Language and Literature at the University of Michigan.

Teaching and Research Interests 
Eighteenth-Century Literature and Culture; Romantic-Period Literature and Culture; Drama and the Theater, 1660-1900; Body and Performance Studies; Material and Visual Culture; Art and Aesthetics; History of the Novel; Transnational Literatures; Gender and Sexuality; Women Writers

Faculty Bookshelf

Essay Collection

Transnational England: Home and Abroad, 1780-1860. Ed. with Monika Class. Newcastle-upon-Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2009. Reviewed: Oxford UP Year's Work in English Studies 89.1 (2010): 614-15; Oxford UP Year's Work in English Studies 90.1 (2011): 616, 649, 657-58, 680-81.


Richard Brinsley Sheridan, The School for Scandal (1777). Intro. and Contexts. Peterborough, ON: Broadview Press. In Progress.

Mary Robinson, Nobody: A Comedy in Two Acts (1794). Intro., Notes, and Contexts. Romantic Circles. Web. March 2013.

Selected Articles & Book Chapters
"The History of Sophia Shakespear," and "Chit-Chat; or Natural Characters; and The Manners of Real Life." The Cambridge Guide to the Eighteenth-Century Novel, 1660-1820. Ed. April London. Cambridge: Cambridge UP. In Progress.

"Eighteenth-Century Connoisseurship and the Female Body." Oxford Handbooks Online. Oxford University Press. Web. 10 May 2017.

"Becoming Somebody: Refashioning the Body Politic in Mary Robinson's Nobody." Studies in Romanticism 55 (Summer 2016): 143-184.

"National Theatre in Transition: The London Patent Theatre Fires of 1808-1809 and the Old Price Riots." BRANCH: Britain, Representation and Nineteenth-Century History. Ed. Dino Franco Felluga. Web. 29 March 2016.

"'The glass of fashion and the mould of form': The Histrionic Mirror and Georgian-Era Performance." Eighteenth-Century Life 39.2 (April 2015): 30-65.

“‘Life is a tragicomedy!': Maria Edgeworth's Belinda and the Staging of the Realist Novel.” Nineteenth-Century Literature 67.2 (September 2012): 139-176.

"John Philip Kemble." The Encyclopedia of Romantic Literature. Ed. Frederick Burwick, Nancy Moore Goslee, and Diane Long Hoeveler. Malden, MA: Wiley-Blackwell, 2012. 2: 723-730.

"Sarah Siddons." The Encyclopedia of Romantic Literature. Ed. Frederick Burwick, Nancy Moore Goslee, and Diane Long Hoeveler. Malden, MA: Wiley-Blackwell, 2012. 2: 1252-1261.

“Mary Robinson and the Dramatic Art of the Comeback,” with Michael Gamer. Studies in Romanticism 48.2 (Summer 2009): 219-256.  Reviewed: Oxford UP Year's Work in English Studies 90:1 (2011): 681.
**Winner, Best Article Prize, Nineteenth-Century Studies Association (NCSA)

"Introduction," with Monika Class. Transnational England: Home and Abroad, 1780-1860. Ed. Monika Class and Terry F. Robinson. Newcastle-upon-Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2009. 1-20.

“James Kenney.” Dictionary of Literary Biography, Vol. 344: Nineteenth-Century British Dramatists. Detroit: Gale, 2008. 206-224.  

“James Kenney’s Comedic Genius: Early Nineteenth-Century Character, Commerce, and the Arts in Raising the Wind, The World!, and Debtor and Creditor.” Literature Compass 3.5 (Aug. 2006): 1082-1106.

“‘A mere skeleton of history’: Reading Relics in Jane Austen's Northanger Abbey.” European Romantic Review 17.2 (Apr. 2006): 215-227. Reviewed: Oxford UP’s Year’s Work in English Studies 87.1 (2008): 735-736.
**Winner, Best Graduate Student Paper Prize, North American Society for the Study of Romanticism (NASSR)

Recent Reviews
Rev. of Comic Acting and Portraiture in Late-Georgian and Regency England, by Jim Davis (Cambridge UP, 2015). The Wordsworth Circle 47.4 (Autumn 2016): 200-202. 

Rev. of She Stoops to Conquer. By Oliver Goldsmith. Dir. Martha Henry, The Stratford Festival, Stratford, ON, May 16-Oct. 10, 2015. Restoration & Eighteenth-Century Theatre Research 30.1-2 (May 2016): 121-127.

Rev. of The Oxford Handbook of the Georgian Theatre, 1737-1832, ed. Julia Swindells and David Francis Taylor (Oxford UP, 2014). Eighteenth-Century Fiction 27.3-4 (Spring-Summer 2015): 735-41.

Rev. of The Beaux' Stratagem. By George Farquhar. Dir. Antoni Cimolino, The Stratford Festival, Stratford, ON, July 31-Oct. 11, 2014. Restoration and Eighteenth-Century Theatre Research 28.2 (2014): 71-76.

Rev. of Entertaining Crisis in the Atlantic Imperium 1770-1790, by Daniel O’ Quinn (Johns Hopkins UP, 2011). The Eighteenth Century: Theory and Interpretation 55.2–3 (Summer/Fall 2014): 307-312.

Rev. of The Plays of William Godwin, ed. David O'Shaughnessy (Pickering & Chatto, 2010) AND William Godwin and the Theatre, by David O'Shaughnessy (Pickering & Chatto, 2010). British Association for Romantic Studies (BARS) Bulletin and Review 39 (Dec. 2011): 20-22.

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