I am a scholar of British Romanticism, a writer and editor, and the lead singer-songwriter-bassist for the Philadelphia-based rock group Smart Barker. I am series editor for Routledge’s Engagements with Literature and for a forthcoming series of reading editions of literature from Bloomsbury. I am proud to be a member of the Wordsworth Conference Foundation and a friend of The Wordsworth Trust.
My main axe is an American-made Gibson Thunderbird Studio bass, customized with active EMG pickups. My favorite songwriters include Ray Davies, Lloyd Cole, Morrissey, Nick Cave, Jackson Browne, and Bruce Springsteen.
I grew up in Roanoke, VA, the “Star City of the South,” and had a fabulous college experience at James Madison University in the beautiful Shenandoah Valley. I did my graduate work (MA and PhD) at the University of South Carolina under the expert direction of Paula R. Feldman. After 13 years teaching at Widener University, I was promoted to the rank of Professor of English; in 2014 I became the first Homer C. Nearing Jr. Distinguished Professor of English. I left Widener in 2018.
For ten years, I served as editor of The CEA Critic, the scholarly journal of the College English Association.
Note: I’m going by Daniel Armstrong Robinson these days to distinguish myself from philosopher Daniel N. Robinson, “THE Dan Robinson,” and this bloke who receives IMDB credit for my one screen performance.
Professor of English, Widener University, 2010–2018
Homer C. Nearing Jr. Distinguished Professor of English, Widener University, 2014–2018
Associate Professor of English, Widener University, 2003–2010
Assistant Professor of English, Widener University, 1997–2003
Ph.D. in English Literature, University of South Carolina, August 1997
Dissertation: “Form, Fame, and Gender in the Romantic Sonnet”
M.A. in English, University of South Carolina, August 1994
B.A. in English, Magna cum laude with honors distinction in English, James Madison University, May 1992