Terry F. Robinson

Assistant Professor



Department of English (St. George campus)


Terry F. Robinson's research explores how the literature and culture of the long eighteenth century fashioned the body (socially, politically, sartorially, aesthetically) and interpreted the body’s forms and expressions. She is drawn to literary and visual representations of the body; to sites of enactment such as the theatre; to the ways in which artistic, cultural, and economic shifts shaped how people perceived bodies and communicated meaning; and to the kinetic movement of bodies in space. She is editor of Mary Robinson's 1794 drama Nobody (Romantic Circles) and co-editor of Transnational England: Home and Abroad, 1780-1860 (Cambridge Scholars). Her articles have appeared in Eighteenth-Century Studies, Eighteenth-Century Life, European Romantic Review, Studies in Romanticism, Nineteenth-Century Literature, BRANCH, and Oxford Handbooks Online, among others. Her current book project, Reading the Passions: Form, Feeling, and Expressive Truth in the Age of the Actor, 1750-1830 examines Romantic-era performance in light of eighteenth-century histrionic theory and practice. She is also currently at work on an edition of Richard Brinsley Sheridan's The School for Scandal for Broadview Press, and a volume of collected essays entitled The Visual Life of Romantic Theatre for the University of Michigan Press. 

Selected work

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

"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.

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

“Mary Robinson and the Dramatic Art of the Comeback,” with Michael Gamer. Studies in Romanticism 48.2 (Summer 2009): 219-256. 


PhD, University of Colorado, Boulder
MA, University of Colorado, Boulder