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Hollis Robbins

Department of Humanities  

Hollis Robbins, Chair, has taught at the Peabody Conservatory since 2006; she is also Director of the Center for Africana Studies at Johns Hopkins, where she has been affiliated since 2008.  She is the winner of the 2014 Johns Hopkins University Alumni Excellence in Teaching Award.

Dr. Robbins has just completed the Penguin Portable Nineteenth Century African American Women Writers (June 2017).  Her book Forms of Contention: The African American Sonnet Tradition is under contract with University of Georgia Press.  She is editor or co-editor of four previous books on nineteenth-century African American literature, including the Penguin Classics edition of Frances E.W. Harper’s 1892 novel Iola Leroy, or, Shadows Uplifted (2010), The Selected Writings of William Wells Brown, co-edited with Paula Garrett (2006), and The Annotated Uncle Tom’s Cabin (2006), co-edited with Henry Louis Gates, Jr.  Recent publications include “African American Literature of the Gold Rush,” co-authored with Janet Neary. Bordering Establishments:  Mapping Regions in Early American Writing (2015), “Killing Time:  Dracula and Social Discoordination.”  Economics of the Undead:  Zombies, Vampires, and the Dismal Science. Eds. Glen Whitman & James P. Dow (2014), and a study of census politics in Wordsworth's "We Are Seven" (1798), English Language Notes 48:2 (2010).  Her poems have been published in The Cortland Review, Per ContraMezzo Cammin, Boston Literary Magazine, and Bridges, a Jewish Feminist Journal. She lectures regularly on African American literature, poetry, and film.  Dr. Robbins has a PhD in English from Princeton University (2003) an MPP from Harvard University (1990), and a BA in the Writing Seminars from Johns Hopkins (1983).

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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