Robinson, Terry F.Terry F. Robinson
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:
Office Hours and/or Leave Status:
On Leave Fall 2018-Fall 2019
Terry F. Robinson's Homepage
Organizer, with John Savarese, NASSR 2020 Conference: "Romanticism and Vision"
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
Terry F. Robinson
specializes in eighteenth- and early nineteenth-century British literature and culture. She is currently finalizing a monograph entitled Reading the Passions: Acting, Gesture, and Expressive Truth, 1750-1830
, which examines how eighteenth-century histrionic theory and practice influenced literary, artistic, and cultural innovation in the Romantic period. She is also at work on a second book project that examines the politics and poetics of nonbeing in literature and art from the early modern era to the present day. A former fellow with the Lewis Walpole Library (Yale University) and the Huntington Library (San Marino, CA), her work has appeared or will appear soon in Eighteenth-Century Studies, 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, 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
Reading the Passions: Acting, Gesture, and Expressive Truth, 1750-1830
. In Progress.
The Visual Life of Romantic Theatre.
Ed. with Diane Piccitto. In Progress.
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; Sara L. Pearson, Brontë Studies
36.2 (April 2011): 197-199.
Richard Brinsley Sheridan, The School for Scandal
(1777). Intro. and Contexts. Under contract with Broadview Press.
Mary Robinson, Nobody: A Comedy in Two Acts
(1794). Intro., Notes, and Contexts. Romantic Circles
. Web. March 2013.
Selected Articles & Book Chapters
"Monstrous Muteness," with Jeffrey N. Cox. In Progress.
"Interview with Joseph R. Roach," Eighteenth-Century Studies. Forthcoming 2019.
"Romantic Theatre and the Arts." The Edinburgh Companion to Romanticism and the Arts. Ed. Sophie Thomas. Edinburgh: Edinburgh UP. Forthcoming.
"Mary Robinson." The Palgrave Encyclopedia of Romantic-Era Women's Writing
. Ed. Natasha Duquette. London and New York: Palgrave Macmillan. Forthcoming.
"Theatrical Sightlines." The Visual Life of Romantic Theatre. Ed. with Diane Piccitto. In Progress.
"The History of Sophia Shakespear" (1753), and "Chit-Chat; or Natural Characters; and The Manners of Real Life" (1755). The Cambridge Guide to the Eighteenth-Century Novel, 1660-1820
. Ed. April London. Cambridge: Cambridge UP. Forthcoming.
"Eighteenth-Century Connoisseurship and the Female Body." Oxford Handbooks Online
. Oxford UP. Web. 10 May 2017.
**Winner, Ted Cohen Prize, American Society for Aesthetics (ASA)
"Becoming Somebody: Refashioning the Body Politic in Mary Robinson's Nobody
." Studies in Romanticism
55 (Summer 2016): 143-184. Revised and reprinted in Fashion and Authorship: Literary Production and Cultural Style from the Eighteenth to the Twenty-First Century
. Ed. Gerald Egan. London and New York: Palgrave Macmillan. Forthcoming 2019.
**Winner, Percy G. Adams Prize , Southeastern American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies (SEASECS)
"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. Reviewed: Oxford UP The Year's Work in English Studies
96.1 (2017): 609.
“‘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.
"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.
Rev. of Romanticism and Theatrical Experience: Kean, Hazlitt, and Keats in the Age of Theatrical News
, by Jonathan Mulrooney (Cambridge UP, 2019). Studies in Romanticism
, Forthcoming 2019.
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.