Helen W. Robbins
Dr. Helen W. Robbins, Associate Professor of English
A.B., Smith College; M.A., Ph.D., Duke University
Building: Alphin Humanities Building
In addition to English composition, Dr. Robbins teaches British literature, specializing in 19th-Century fiction. She also teaches two special courses of the department, our Film course and our Critical Theory course. Dr. Robbins also has directed Lyon's Nichols International Travel Program, coordinating courses that have taken students to England, Ireland, Germany, France, Spain, Italy, Greece, Mexico, and Belize. She herself has led several walking tours of England.
Dr. Robbins is interested in feminist criticism, especially when it has the kind of psychological insights provided by theorists like Jacques Lacan and Julia Kristeva. She has published on film, one of her personal as well as academic interests, as well as on Charlotte Bronte.
Dr. Robbins' students and colleagues are proud of her having been named 2001 Arkansas Professor of the Year by the Carnegie Foundation and the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education. The Council selects its annual Professors of the Year largely on the basis of letters from colleagues and former students.
Out in Town
Like her colleagues, Dr. Robbins is a community-builder. She has worked for and led the Batesville Community Theatre, widely recognized for its excellence. She has also been a RAIN Team Member, giving support to people disabled by AIDS.