- Professor (English Literature)
Jeffrey C. Robinson (educated at Harvard University, University of Chicago, and Brandeis University) specializes in Romanticism (particularly poetry and poetics) and has a strong interest in poetics from the Romantic Period to the present in the experimental or avant-garde tradition.
In most of his teaching and writing he attempts to rethink the fundamental principles of the poetics of Romanticism. Among his eighteen books are Radical Literary Education: A Classroom Experiment with Wordsworth’s Ode (1987), The Walk: Notes on a Romantic Image (1989, rep. in pbk in 2006), Romantic Presences: Living Images from the Age of Wordsworth and Shelley (1995), Reception and Poetics in Keats: My Ended Poet (1998), Wordsworth Day by Day: Reading His Work into Poetry Now (2005), Unfettering Poetry: The Fancy in British Romanticism (2006), and co-edited with Jerome Rothenberg Poems for the Millennium, Volume Three: The University of California Book of Romantic and Postromantic Poetry (2009). He has also published four books and chapbooks of his own poetry based on Romantic materials, most recently being Untam'd Wing: Riffs on Romantic Poetry (2010).
His interest in literary education, beginning with his first book, has led to a recent special issue of English Language Notes: "Experimental Literary Education". In an ongoing project, he is developing a way of characterizing the poetics (in poetry and in non-fiction prose) of the "late" Romantic period (roughly 1820-1835). His is also studying a 'late' Wordsworth manuscript as a rare indication of Wordsworth's poetics in th late 1820s.
He is a winner of National Endowment for the Humanities and Guggenheim Fellowships. Recently retired after 38 years teaching at the University of Colorado, Boulder, he is presently a Professor of Romantic Poetry (fractional appointment) at the University of Glasgow.
Personal website: jeffreycrobinson.com