Department of English, College of LAS, University of Illinois

Robert W Barrett

Associate Professor of English and Medieval Studies

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Office Hours

  • Monday, 1:30-2:30 p.m.,
  • Tuesday, 9:30-10:30 a.m.


Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania, 2001; M.A., University of Pennsylvania, 1996; B.A., Trinity University, 1991

Teaching Interests

At the undergraduate level: British literary history, Chaucer, comics and graphic novels, early English drama, fantasy fiction, and global medieval literatures; at the graduate level: Chaucer, early English drama, ecocriticism, medieval literature, and theories of editing

Research Interests

Medieval British literature (esp. Middle English literature); early English drama (up to 1642); ecocriticism (esp. plants); region and locality (esp. Cheshire and Chester)

Selected Publications


  • Against All England: Regional Identity and Cheshire Writing, 1195-1656. Notre Dame, IN: University of Notre Dame Press, 2009.

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Book Contributions

Journal Articles

  • "Royal Freight: City-Crown Negotiations in Anthony Munday’s 1610 London’s Love to the Royal Prince Henry." Research Opportunities in Medieval and Renaissance Drama 47 (2008): 1-24.

Works in Progress

  • The Chester Whitsun Plays (a critical edition for the TEAMS Middle English Texts Series).