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Robert Stillman

Professor


Education

B.A., New College
M.A., Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania


Publications

  • The New Philosophy and Universal Languages in Seventeenth-Century England: Bacon, Hobbes, and Wilkins (Bucknell University Press, 1995)
  • Sidney’s Poetic Justice: The Old Arcadia, Its Eclogues, and Renaissance Pastoral Traditions(Bucknell University Press, 1986).

 

Representative articles

  • a review of “The Cambridge Companion to Spenser,” The Sidney Journal. 21, no. 1 (2003), 77-82
  • “Deadly Stinging Adders: Sidney’s Piety, Philppism, and the Defence of Poesy,” Spenser Studies 16 (2002): 231-269
  • “In Quest of the Universal Language: Romance and the History of an Idea,” Language Problems and Language Planning 26:3 (2002): 299-313
  • “The Truths of a Slippery World: Poetry and History in Sidney’s Defence,” Renaissance Quarterly, 55 (2002), 1287-1319
  • “The Scope of Sideny’s Defence of Poesy: The New Hermeneutics and Early Modern Poetic,” English Literary Renaissance 32, no. 3 (Autumn 2002): 355-85
  • The State (out) of Language: Dryden’s Annus Mirabilis as a Restoration Paradigm for Scientific Revolution,” Soundings 84. 1-2 (Spring/Summer 2001): 201-227
  • A review of Peter C. Herman, ed. “Sir Philip Sidney’s An Apology for Poetry and Astrophil and Stella: Texts and Contexts” in The Sidney Jornal. 18, no. 2 (Winter 2000), 85-88
  • “‘Words cannot knytt’: Language and Desire in Ralegh’s The Ocean to Cynthia,” in Literature Criticism from 1400 to 1800, ed. Jelena O. Krstovik (Detroit and London: Gale, 1998)
  • “Allegory, Poetry, and History in Sidney’s Arcadia,” Sidney Journal 17.1 (Fall 1998), 80-86
  • Symposium: Blair Worden’s The South of Virtue: Philip Sidney’s “Arcadia” and Elizabethan Politics (with Victor Skretkowicz, Roger Kuin, Blair Worden) in The Sidney Journal 16:1 (Spring 1998), 36-56
  • Review of Judith H. Anderson, Words That Matter: Linguistic Perception in RenaissanceEnglish (Stanford: Stanford Univ. Press, 1996) in The Sidney Journal 17.2 (Fall 1999), 52-60
  • Gale Literary Criticism Series, vol. 39, 128-36
  • Essay reprinted from Studies in English Literature 27 (1987), 35-51
  • Review of Peter Herman’s Squitter-wits and Muse-haters: Sidney, Spenser, Milton and Renaissance Antipoetic Sentiment in The Sidney Newsletter and Journal 14, no. 2 (Winter 1996/97), 43-52
  • Review of Lauren Silberman’s Transforming Desire (Los Angeles: Univ. of California Press, 1995) in The Journal of English and Germanic Philology, 96, no. 2 (April 1997), 256-58
  • “Invitation and Engagement: Ideology and Wilkins’s Philosophical Language,” Configurations(The Johns Hopkins University Press) 1.1 (1995), 1-26
  • Leviathan: Monsters, Metaphors, and Magic,” ELH 62 (1995), 791-819
  • “Assessing the Revolution: Ideology, Rhetoric, and the New Philosophy in Early Modern England,” The Eighteenth Century: Theory and Interpretation 35.2 (Spring 1994), 99-118
  • “Spenserian Autonomy and the Trial of the New Historicism: Book Six of The Faerie Queene,” in English Literary Renaissance 22, no.3 (1992), 299-314
  • “Radical Translation: Cultural Politics and England’s Universal Language Movement,” Babel: Revue Internationale de la Traduction 37, no.3 (1991), 168-76
  • “The Jacobean Discourse of Power: Bacon and James I,” Renaissance Papers (1989), 89-99
  • a review of Peter Lindenbaum, Changing Landscapes: Anti-Pastoral Sentiment in the English Renaissance in Sidney Newsletter, 9.1 (1988)
  • “Words cannot knytt”: Language and Desire in Raleigh’s The Ocean to Cynthia, Studies in English Literature 27 (1987), 35-51
  • “The Politics of Sidney’s Pastoral: Mystification and Mythology in The Old Arcadia,” ELH 52 (1985), 795-814
  • “Justice and the ‘Good Word’ in Sidney’s The Lady of May,” Studies in English Literature, 24 (1984), 23-38
  • “The Perils of Fancy: Poetry and Self-Love in The Old Arcadia,” Texas Studies in Language and Literature, 26 (1984), 1-17
  • “Poetry and Justice in Sidney’s ‘Ye goat-herd gods’,” Studies in English Literature, 22 (1982), 38-50
  • a review of Helen Cooper, Pastoral: Medieval into Renaissance in Spenser Newsletter(Winter 1980)
  • “Elizabethan Acting Conventions: A Letter from Harley Granville-Barker to Alfred Harbage,”English Language Notes, 17 (March 1980), 179-83.

Awards, Honors & Grants

  • National Alumni Outstanding Teacher Award, 2005
  • Distinguished Teaching Chair, 1993-96
  • Chancellor’s Teaching Scholar, 1993-95
  • College of Liberal Arts Senior Teaching Award, 1992

Associations & Organizations

  • Executive Committee, Spenser at Kalamazoo
  • Executive Committee, Sidney Society
  • NEH Summer Grant, 1988
  • Fellow, Society of Fellows in the Humanities, Columbia University, 1980-82

Contact Information

  • 511 McClung Tower
  • Phone: (865) 974-6971
  • Fax: (865) 974-6926
  • E-mail: rstillma@utk.edu

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