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Timothy M. Robinson

  • Timothy M. Robinson
  • 5000 Batten Arts and Letters
  • Norfolk, VA 23529
  • 757-683-3991
  • tmrobins@odu.edu
  • Dr. Timothy Mark Robinson (PhD, The Pennsylvania State University) is an Assistant Professor of American literature who specializes in African American Literature. He regularly teaches an upper division level writing intensive course (W) on African American Literature and another upper division course called Langston Hughes and the Blues Aesthetic. In the past, he has taught a graduate level course on Critical Race Theory and an Early American seminar on American Transcendentalism. Future graduate seminars include The Novels of Toni Morrison and Slave and Neo-Slave Narratives. Dr. Robinson is currently working on his first book, In The Presence of the Ancestor: History, Culture, and the Literary Imagination in African American Fiction. In The Presence of the Ancestor argues that African American literature cannot be fully understood without acknowledging and understanding the presence the ancestral character. Focusing on works by modern and postmodern Black writers, his book establishes that the ancestor’s use in fiction serves as a vehicle for the nuanced exploration of cultural and historical memory.
  • Education

    Pennsylvania State University, 2004
    Major: 19th to 21st Century American Literature
    Degree: Ph. D.
    The Pennsylvania State University, 2000
    Major: English
    Degree: M.A.
    State University of New York, College at Brockport, 1998
    Major: English
    Degree: B.S.
  • Research Interests

    African American Literature