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 daniel a. robinson, phd, professor, english

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Daniel A. Robinson PhD, MA

Professor of English

  • PhD 18th- and 19th-century British Literature 1997

    University of South Carolina (SC)

  • MA British Literature 1994

    University of South Carolina (SC)

  • BA English 1992

    James Madison University (VA)

  • ENGL 347 British Romanticism

  • ENGL 346 Satire and Sensibility

  • ENGL 345 Milton

My scholarship has focused for many years on the study of poetic form in British poetry of the late 18th and early 19th centuries. This work has resulted in a number of publications related to the Romantic-period sonnet revival and a number of important but previously neglected women poets, such as Mary Robinson and Charlotte Smith. This research interest has extended to a particular interest in the work and literary collaboration of William Wordsworth and Samuel Taylor Coleridge, two major writers who feature in nearly everything I have published. Having prepared academic and trade editions and one major scholarly edition, I have become particularly interested in issues regarding the transmission and publication of literary texts, or what is called textual scholarship.

My main research focus now is on the editing of Wordsworth and Coleridge as a means of illustrating their relationship and mutual influence, or what I am thinking of as "narrative editing." I am fortunate enough to have a remarkable group of undergraduates who participate in an ongoing textual scholarship workshop at Widener.

Selected Awards

  • Homer C. Nearing Distinguished Professor of English, Widener University, 2014

  • Outstanding Researcher, Humanities, College of Arts and Sciences, Widener University, 2013

  • Faculty Award for Excellence in Teaching, College of Arts and Sciences, Widener University, 2014

Selected Publications

  • Gravil, Richard, and Daniel Robinson, eds. The Oxford Handbook of William Wordsworth. New York: Oxford University Press, 2015. Print.

  • Robinson, Daniel. Myself and Some Other Being: Wordsworth and the Life Writing. Iowa City: University of Iowa Press, 2014. Print.

  • Robinson, Daniel. The Poetry of Mary Robinson: Form and Fame. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2011. Print.

Wordsworth Conference Foundation, College English Association (CEA), Modern Language Association (MLA)