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: New North Building: Room 5264
Office Phone: 905-828-3769
Email: terry.robinson@utoronto.ca
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, Gestural Legibility, 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 currently 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 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, 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

Publications 
Faculty Bookshelf

Books
Reading the Passions: Acting, Gestural Legibility, 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.

Editions 
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, Annibel Jenkins Prize, Southeastern American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies (SEASECS)
**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.
**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)

Media
"Celebrity Couture: A New Trend? Fashionista Mary Robinson Led the Way - Over 230 Years Ago." The 18th-Century Common. Ed. Andrew Burkett and Jessica Richard. Web. 1 August 2017.

 "Fashionable Vice in 1790s England: Mary Robinson’s Nobody." The 18th-Century Common. Ed. Andrew Burkett and Jessica Richard. Web. 3 June 2013.

Reviews
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.


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