Robert Levine

Professor Emeritus

  • Title Professor Emeritus
  • Education BA, City University of New York
    MA, Columbia University
    PhD, University of California, Berkeley

I have published translations of medieval Latin and Middle French texts of an historical nature,  two dozen  articles mainly concerned with the rhetorical nature of the same texts, as well as papers on Wolfram von Eschenbach, Dante, Chaucer, Cuvelier, and the Pearl-poet. Links to some of the books and articles and some of my other interests can be found at .I am currently working on the uses of ineffability in medieval Latin hymns.

Selected Publications
  • A translation of Else Lasker-Schüler, My Heart (2016)
  • “Patronage and Erotic Rhetoric in the Sixth Century: the case of Venantius Fortunatus,” in Words of Love and Love of Words in the Middle Ages and the Renaissance, edited by Albrecht Classen, ACMRS, Tempe, (2008), pp. 75–93
  • (Transl.) “Mohamlet in Manhattan,” by Albert Ehrenstein, [with Sheldon Gilman], Pusteblume I (Spring 2007), pp. 13–19
  • (Transl.) The Prose and Verse of Alfred Lichtenstein (2000)
  • (Transl.) A Thirteenth-Century Life of Charlemagne (third volume of Les Grandes Chroniques) (1991)
  • (Transl.) Guibert de Nogent’s Gesta Dei per Francos, Boydell and Brewer (1997)
  • (Transl.) France before Charlemagne (first two volumes of Viard’s edition of Les Grandes Chroniques) (1990)
  • A Thirteenth-Century Minstrel’s Chronicle (Recit d’un menestrel de Reims) (1990)
  • “The Pious Traitor: the Man who Betrayed Antioch” in Mittellateinisches Jahrbuch XXXIII (1998)
  • “Who composed Havelok for whom?” in Yearbook for English Studies XXII (1992)
  • “Gower as Gerontion; Oneiric Autobiography in the Confessio Amantis,” Medieaevistik 5 (1992)
  • “Baptizing Pirates: Argumentum and Fabula in Norman Historia,”Mediaevisitik 4 (1991); “Prudentius’s Romanus: the rhetorician as hero, martyr and saint,” Rhetorica IX (1991); “Deadly Diatribe in the Récits d’un ménestrel de Reims,” Res Publica Litterarum XIV (1991)
  • “Liudprand of Cremona: History and Debasement in the Tenth Century,” Mittellateinisches Jahrbuch XXVI 1991)
  • “Exploiting Ovid: Medieval Allegorizations of the Metamorphoses,” Medioevo Romanzo XIV (1989)
  • “Satiric Vulgarity in Guibert de Nogent’s Gesta Dei per Francos,” Rhetorica 7 (1989)
  • “How to read Walter Map,” Mittellateinisches Jahrbuch XXIII (1988); “Restraining Ambiguities in Chaucer’s Troilus and Criseyda,” Neuphilologische Mitteilungen LXXXVII (1986)
  • “Why praise Jews; History and Satire in the Middle Ages,” Journal of Medieval History XII (1986)
  • “Myth and Anti-Myth in Cuvelier’s La Vie Vaillante de Bertrand Du Guesclin,”Viator XVI (1985)
  • “Wolfram von Eschenbach: Homo Ludens,” Viator XIII (1982)
  • “Aspects of Grotesque Realism in Sir Gawain and the Green Knight,” Chaucer Review XVII (1982)
  • “The Pearl-Child: Topos and Archetype in the Middle English Pearl,” Medievalia et Humanistica VIII (1977); “Repression in Cligès,” Sub/Stance XV (1976)
  • “Ingeld and Christ: a Medieval Problem,” Viator II (1971); (Transl.) Excerpts from Reiner Zimnick’s Die Trömmler für eine Bessere Zeit, in Chelsea Review 3 (1959), pp. 44–56.


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