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Fred Miller Robinson, PhD

Professor, English
Affiliated Professor of Graduate Theatre

Fred Miller Robinson, PhD, served as chair of the English Department from 1991 until 2005.  From 2005-06 he was interim director of the Theatre Arts program, and from 2009 he has served as the chair of the Music Department.  He has taught a variety of undergraduate courses in modern literature, including Modern Poetry, Modern Drama, Narrative Theory and Writing Autobiography, and a text course in modern drama to the USD/Old Globe MFA students.  His research focus has shifted from comic theory to cultural studies: a social history of The Man in the Bowler Hat and, currently, the interculture of Ireland and the U.S. Robinson also taught for a year (each) at the Universite de Haute Bretagne in Rennes, France, and the University of Kent in Canterbury, UK.

Education

Ph.D., University of Washington
M.A., University of Washington
B.A., University of Redlands

Scholarly and Creative Work

Robinson has written three books: The Comedy of Language: Studies in Modern Comic Literature; Comic Moments; The Man in the Bowler Hat: His History and Iconography (a social history of modern life), and co-edited another: A Good Deal: Selected Stories from The Massachusetts Review.  His articles cover a range of authors, from Samuel Beckett and Wallace Stevens to, most recently, Seamus Heaney (comparing his bog poems to the Ceide Fields archaeology project).  He is currently working on the interculture of Ireland and the U.S., including a study of Riverdance as a New Age Broadway Musical.

Teaching Interests

Robinson has taught courses ranging from surveys (Modern British Literature, Modern Poetry, Modern Drama) to genre studies (Poetry, Drama, Narrative) to theory (Narrative Theory, Voice and Text) to individual authors (Wallace Stevens) to writing (Writing Autobiography).  He has also team-taught Honors courses in The Moral of the Story (with philosophy) and Modern Poetry in Translation (with Spanish).  He regularly teaches a text course in Modern Drama to acting students in the USD/Old Globe MFA in Dramatic Arts Program.  In 2002 he received USD's Davies Award for Teaching Excellence.  In 1987 he received a Distinguished Teaching Award from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.