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Hollis Robbins, Department of Humanities  

Hollis Robbins, Chair, has taught at the Peabody Conservatory since 2006; she has had an appointment in the Center for Africana Studies at Johns Hopkins since 2008. Professor Robbins has a Ph.D. in English from Princeton University (2003) an M.P.P. from Harvard University (1990), and a B.A. in the Writing Seminars from Johns Hopkins (1983). 

Robbins is editor or co-editor of four books on nineteenth-century African American literature, including, most recently, the Penguin Classics edition of Frances E.W. Harper’s 1892 novel Iola Leroy, or, Shadows Uplifted (2010) and The Annotated Uncle Tom’s Cabin (2006), co-edited with Henry Louis Gates, Jr. Her poems have been published in The Cortland Review,  Mezzo Cammin, Per Contra, Boston Literary Magazine, and Bridges, a Jewish Feminist Journal. She lectures regularly on African American literature, poetry, and film.  Her recent scholarly articles include a study of race in Gold Rush California (Imagining Locality, forthcoming), online commentary on Uncle Tom's Cabin in the National Era (150th anniversary), and a study of census politics in Wordsworth's "We Are Seven" (1798), published in English Language Notes 48:2 (2010).  She is a frequent guest on WYPR 88.1 and a contributor to publications such as The Root.com and Inside Higher Ed.   Robbins is currently completing a book on the African American Sonnet tradition.

Courses taught include:
PY 260-115 Humanities Core I
PY 260-216 Humanities Core II, Moby-Dick
PY 260-211 Nineteenth Century Novel to Film
PY 260-222 Introduction to Interpretation
PY 260-226 Modern Drama
PY 260-228 Literary Trials: Justice in Black and White
PY 260-232 World Film
PY 260-249 Film History: Sound and Scores
PY 260-312 Literature of Imprisonment
PY 260-314 Bible as Literature
PY 260-316 20th Century Aesthetics and Politics

Courses Taught at Krieger School of Arts and Sciences

AS 360-133 Great Books at Homewood
AS 362-200 African American Poetry and Poetics
AS 362.106 Civil Rights and the Black Experience

 

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