Professor Philip Robinson

Emeritus Professor in Eighteenth-Century French Studies

About

Professor Philip Robinson's research interests include: nineteenth-century French culture and history of ideas, notably Rousseau; comedy and music; Beaumarchais; Bernardin de Saint-Pierre; and Marivaux.

Publications

Article

  • Robinson, P. (2005). Bernardin de Saint Pierre, critique de l’esclavage, propriétaire d’esclaves. Cahiers Havrais de Recherche Historique 63:111-120.
  • Robinson, P. (2002). La Préface dialoguée de Julie : le refus du dialogue ?. Annales de la Société Jean-Jacques Rousseau 44:405-419.
    This article, firmly placing the intentionality of Rousseau’s text within its total historical context, takes its place in an important on-going debate about the meaning of the author’s creative works. Following the approach of Leigh rather than those of Derrida or De Man, it rests on the contention that Rousseau knew exactly what he was doing when framing, in 1759, the rhetoric of his prefatorial dialogue to his (soon to become) famous novel, a rhetoric addressed implicitly but principally to and at Diderot.
  • Robinson, P. (2000). Beaumarchais and nostalgia for La-Foire (comic opera). Revue D’ Histoire Litteraire De La France 100:1139-1148.
  • Robinson, P. (1996). Notes on comic servant roles and various fairs and theater spectacles. Revue D’ Histoire Litteraire De La France 96:934-942.

Book section

  • Robinson, P. (2006). Réflexions sur quelques personnages féminins de Marivaux: une certaine vision de l’égalité au théâtre. In: Bel, J. and Ghabris, M. eds. Rôle Et Place De La Femme Dans La société européenne De l’antiquité à Nos Jours. Boulogne-sur-mer, France: Centre d’études et de recherche sur les civilisations et les littératures européennes, CERCLE, pp. 183-195.
  • Robinson, P. (2005). L’Opéra-comique en vaudevilles: parodie et usure des séries. In: Menant, S. and Quéro, D. eds. Séries Parodiques Au siècle Des Lumières. Paris, France: Presses de l’Université Paris-Sorbonne, pp. 167-177.
    Part of a larger cultural enquiry into serial phenomena in French classical literature, this article describes, and offers a number of hypotheses to explain, the decline of the use of vaudevilles (that is, familiar tunes used to carry part or all of the dialogue of some non-tragic plays) in the productions of the Fair theatres and the Théâtre Italien between the 1730s and 1789. In particular it proposes firm links between this decline and the movement of public taste towards moralising and uplift in the theatre. It consequently raises, rather than answers, the question of the relationship between Enlightenment and the trend away from theatrical satire.
  • Robinson, P. (2004). Mme Poivre’s letters to Bernardin de Saint-Pierre : Biography between the lines. In: Pratt, T. and McCallam, D. eds. The Enterprise of Enlightenment : A Tribute to David Williams from His Friends. Oxford and Bern: Peter Lang, pp. 115-124.
  • Robinson, P. (2003). The Theism of Jean-Jacques Rousseau: ’The Creed of a Curate of Savoy’. In: Court, J. M. ed. Biblical Interpretation, The Meanings of Scripture: Past and Present. Sheffield: T & T Clark Publishers, pp. 140-155.

Internet publication

  • Robinson, P. (2007). Édition Critique De 27 Lettres De Madame Poivre à Bernardin De Saint-Pierre [website]. Available at: http://www.e-enlightenment.org/eeBornDigital/eeBSP_e.php.

Review

  • Robinson, P. (2008). Prevost and short stories. French Studies [Online] 62:478-479. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/fs/knn111.
  • Robinson, P. (1997). Jean Jacques Rousseau, La ’Nouvelle Heloise’. I-II - French - Coulet,H. French Studies [Online] 51:324-324. Available at: http://fs.oxfordjournals.org/cgi/reprint/LI/3/324.
  • Robinson, P. (1995). Bibliography Of The Writings Of Rousseau, Jean, Jacques to 1800, Part 1 - ’Julie, Ou La Nouvelle Heloise’ - Mceachern, Je. French Studies 49:336-337.
  • Robinson, P. (1994). The City Extends Over the Whole Country - Papers from the 1992 Colloquim on Rouseau,Neuchatel and Europe - French Eigeldinger,FS, K aehr,R, Editors. French Studies 48:468-469.
  • Robinson, P. (1994). Justice and Difference in the Works of Rousseau - Bienfaisance and Puderu - Still,J. French Studies 48:332-333.
  • Robinson, P. (1993). Studies On Voltaire And The 18th-Century, 284 - Mason,HT. French Studies 47:326-327.
  • Robinson, P. (1993). Poetics Of French Opera From Corneille To Rousseau - French - Kintzler,C. Modern Language Review 88:751-753.
  • Robinson, P. (1992). The aesthetics of opera in France at the time of Rameau,Jean,Philippe - French. Modern Language Review 87:992-993.
  • Robinson, P. (1992). Rousseau ’dialogues’ - an interpretative essay. French Studies [Online] 46:331-332. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/fs/46.3.331.
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