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Robert Levine

77 Martin Street Cambridge, Massachussets 02138

617-491-3958 617-358-2535 (office) bobl@bu.edu

Education
Ph. D., University of California at Berkeley, 1963.

M.A., Columbia University, New York, 1958.

B.A., City College of New York, cum laude, 1954.

Graduate, Stuyvesant High School, New York City, 1950.


Record of Employment
Professor of English, Boston University, 1988- .
Visiting Associate Professor of English, Université Paul Valéry, Montpellier, France, Fall, 1984.
Associate Professor of English and Classics, Boston University, 1970-87.
Visiting Assistant Professor of English, Brown University, Spring, 1966.
Assistant Professor of English, Boston University, 1964-1970.
Instructor in English, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York, 1962-1964.
Teaching Assistant in English, University of California at Berkeley, 1960-1962.
Instructor in English, Rensselaer Polytechnical Institute, Troy, New York, 1958-1959
Substitute teacher of English, New York City Junior High Schools, 1957-1958.
Linguist, truck-driver, public information specialist, armored infantryman, with the U.S. Army at Fort Dix, New Jersey, and at Baumholder and Bad Kreuznach, Germany (Second Armored Division), 1954-1956.
Books


The Prose and Verse of Alfred Lichtenstein, translated by Sheldon Gilman, Robert Levine, and Harry Radford. Philadelphia, Xlibris, 2000.
The Deeds of God through the Franks, a translation of Guibert de Nogent's Gesta Dei per Francos, Boydell and Brewer. Woodbridge, 1997.
A Thirteenth-century Life of Charlemagne, a translation of the third volume of Viard's edition of Les Grandes Chroniques, Garland Press, New York, 1991.
A Thirteenth-Century Minstrel's Chronicle, a translation of the Récits d'un ménestrel de Reims, a thirteenth-century historical fiction, Mellen Press, Lewiston, 1990.
France before Charlemagne, a translation of the first two volumes of Viard's edition of Les Grandes Chroniques, Mellen Press, Lewiston, 1990.


Book Chapter
“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.
Articles


"The Pious Traitor: the Man who Betrayed Antioch," Mittellateinisches Jahrbuch XXXIII (1998), pp. 59-80.
Articles on Alcuin (with Whitney Bolton), the Archpoet, and Einhard for the Dictionary of Literary Biography, volume 148, German Writers and Works of the Early Middle Ages: 800-1170, edited by James Hardin and Will Hasty, 1994, pp. 3-7, 8-9, 27-31.
"Who composed Havelok for whom?" Yearbook for English Studies XXII (1992), pp. 95-104.
"Gower as Gerontion; Oneiric Autobiography in the Confessio Amantis," Medieaevistik 5 (1992), pp. 81-96.
"Deadly Diatribe in the Récits d'un ménestrel de Reims," Res Publica Litterarum XIV (1991), pp. 115-126.

"Pandarus as Davus," Neuphilogische Mitteilungen XCII (1991), pp. 463-468.


"Baptizing Pirates: Argumentum and Fabula in Norman Historia," Mediaevistik 4 (1991), pp. 157-178.

"Prudentius's Romanus: the rhetorician as hero, martyr and saint," Rhetorica IX (1991), pp. 5-38.


"Liudprand of Cremona: History and Debasement in the Tenth Century," Mittellateinisches Jahrbuch XXVI (1991), pp. 70-84.
"Exploiting Ovid: Medieval Allegorizations of the Metamorphoses," Medioevo Romanzo XIV (1989), pp. 197-213.
"Satiric Vulgarity in Guibert de Nogent's Gesta Dei per Francos," Rhetorica 7 (1989), pp. 261-273.
"How to read Walter Map," Mittellateinisches Jahrbuch XXIII (1988), pp. 91-105.
"Why praise Jews; History and Satire in the Middle Ages," Journal of Medieval History XII (1986), pp. 291-296.
"Restraining Ambiguities in Chaucer's Troilus and Criseyda," Neuphilologische Mitteilungen LXXXVII (1986), pp. 558-564.

"Squaring the Circle: the Marriage of Mary and Aristotle in Dante's Paradiso XXXIII," Neuphilologische Mitteilungen LXXXVI (1985), pp. 280-284.


"Unoriginality in the Ordo Repraesentatio Adae," Neuphilologische Mitteilungen LXXXVI (1985), pp. 576-578.
"Myth and Anti-Myth in Cuvelier's La Vie Vaillante de Bertrand Du Guesclin," Viator XVI (1985), pp. 259-275.
"Wolfram von Eschenbach: Homo Ludens," Viator XIII (1982), pp. 177-201.
"Aspects of Grotesque Realism in Sir Gawain and the Green Knight," Chaucer Review XVII (1982), pp. 65-75.
"The Pearl-Child: Topos and Archetype in the Pearl," Medievalia et Humanistica VIII (1977), pp. 243-251.
"Repression in Cligès," Sub/Stance XV (1976), pp. 209-221.
Note on Alain de Lille's Anticlaudianus, in Latomus XXXIII (1974), pp. 691-692.
"Ingeld and Christ: a Medieval Problem," Viator II (1971), pp. 105-128.


Reviews


Joseph Pucci, Venantius Fortunatus. Poems to Friends, Cambridge, Hackett, 2010, in The Classical Review 61, pp. 635-636.
Michael Kieling, Terrena non amare sed coelestia: Theologie der Welt in Alkuins Commentaria super Ecclesiasten, Peter Lang, Frankfurt am Main 2002, in Dutch Review of Church History 84 (2004), pp.556-558.
John W. Baldwin, The Language of Sex: Five Voices from Northern France around 1200, Chicago, 1994, in International Journal of the Classical Tradition 5.2. (1998), pp. 301-302.
John Moorhead, Theodoric in Italy, Oxford, 1992, in Carmina Philosophiae, Journal of the International Boethius Society II (1993), p. 115.
Frank T. Coulson, The Vulgate Commentary on Ovid's Metamorphoses, Toronto, 1991, Speculum 68 (1993), pp. 738-739.
Peter Godman and Oswyn Murray (eds.), Latin Poetry and the Classical Tradition, Oxford, 1990, Speculum 67 (1992), pp. 678-679.
Mary Coker Joslin, The Heard Word, a Moralized History: the Genesis Section of the "Histoire Ancienne" in a text from Saint-Jean d'Acre, University of Mississipi, 1986, Speculum 65 (January 1990), pp. 181-182.
Kenneth J. Knoespel, Narcissus and the Invention of Personal History, New York, 1985, Speculum 63 (1988), pp. 423-424.
Translations of Twentieth-Century German Short Fiction
“Mohamlet in Manhattan,” by Albert Ehrenstein, [with Sheldon Gilman], Pusteblume I (Spring 2007), pp. 13-19.
"The Winner" and "The Virgin," two short stories by Alfred Lichtenstein, Partisan Review LXVI, (1999), pp. 468-481 [with Sheldon Gilman].
"The Suicide of the pupil Mueller," a short story by Alfred Lichtenstein, Agni Review 48 (1998) 194-198 (with Sheldon Gilman).
Excerpts from Reiner Zimnick’s Die Trömmler für eine Bessere Zeit, in Chelsea Review 3 (1959), pp. 44-56.



Selected talks
“Sexual Debasement in Medieval Latin Satirical Texts,” given May 4, 2007, University of Arizona, Tuscon.
“Time, Death, Poetry, and Exegesis in Rabanus Maurus’ De Universo, given April 29, 2006, University of Arizona, Tuscon.
“Eros and patronage in the sixth century: the case of Venantius Fortunatus,” given April 30, 2005, University of Arizona, Tuscon.
“Translating three German Expressionists, Ehrenstein, Lasker Schűler, Lichtenstein,” given February 13, 2004, Translation Seminar, Boston University.
Participant, symposium on translating medieval texts, Boston College, February, 2003.
"Satire and History in the Middle Ages," given February 21, 2001, Religion and Literature Seminar, Boston University.
"Sexual Invective in Medieval Historical Texts," given November 30, 1993, Food for Thought Program, Boston University.
"Style as Paregoric in Guibert de Nogent's Gesta Dei per Francos," given October 5, 1992, at the Harvard Medieval Seminar, Cambridge, Massachussetts.
"Scissors or Sword: Clotild's error and its intertextual results," given September 25, 1992, at the eighteenth annual Southeastern Medieval Association Conference in Williamsburg, Virginia.
"Translating History: Chronicles and Poems of the First Crusade," given February 21, 1992, Translation Seminar, Boston University.
"Gower as Gerontion; Oneiric Autobiography in the Confessio Amantis," given May 10, 1991, at the XXVI International Medieval Congress in Kalamazoo, Michigan.
"Deadly Diatribe in the Récits d'un ménestrel de Reims," given September 28, 1990 at the Southeastern Medieval Association Conference in Raleigh, North Carolina.
"Who composed Havelok for whom?", given May 11, 1990, at the XXV International Medieval Congress in Kalamazoo, Michigan.
"The Pious Traitor," given October 21, 1989 at the Southeastern Medieval Association Conference in Houston, Texas.
"Prudentius's Romanus: the saint as satiric martyr," given October 20, 1989, in Binghamton, New York.

"Satire and History in Guibert de Nogent's Gesta Dei per Francos," given May 5, 1989, at the XXIV International Medieval Congress at Kalamazoo, Michigan.


"A Fourteenth-Century Transparent Text: the Registre criminel du Châtelet de Paris du 6 septembre 1389 au 18 mai 1392," given October 24, 1988, at the Harvard Medieval Seminar, Cambridge, Massachussetts.
"Prudentius's Romanus: the rhetorician as hero, martyr and saint," given September 24, 1988, at the thirteenth International Conference on Patristic, Medieval and Renaissance Studies, at Villanova University.

Liudprand of Cremona: Clio Spoudogelaios," given May 7, 1988, at the XXIII International Medieval Congress at Kalamazoo, Michigan.


"De Nugis Curialium: trivial horror in the 12th-century," given October 19, 1987, at the Harvard Medieval Seminar, Cambridge, Massachussetts.
How to Read Walter Map," given May 7, 1987, at the XXII International Medieval Congress in Kalamazoo, Michigan.
"Ovid, Free-Play for Medieval Exegetes," given in October, 1986, at the annual conference of the Center for Medieval and Early Renaissance Studies, in Binghamton, New York.
"The Pious Pirate," given in December, 1985, at Mid-Hudson MLA conference in Poughkeepsie, New York.


Electronic Publications
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TRANSLATIONS http://people.bu.edu/bobl
Service


Assistant Dean, Advising Office, College of Liberal Arts, Boston University, 1978-1979, Spring

1987; 1989-1995.

English Department Coordinator for Metropolitan College and Summer Term, Boston University,

1981-1992.


Chairman, Medieval Studies Committee, Boston University, 1974-1976.
Acting Chairman, Classics Department, Boston University, 1971-1973.
Evaluator of promotion cases: MIT, Boston College, Simmons College
External Examiner for Ph.D. exams, Boston College
Courses Taught
Introduction to Latin Literature Vergil Latin Lyric Medieval Latin

History of the English Language Old English Beowulf Middle English Chaucer

Piers Plowman Old French Old Norse Literature of the Middle Ages Arthurian Myth

Medieval and Renaissance Epic and Romance Medieval Fictions

History as Literature in the Middle Ages Medieval Satire

Religious Lyric Shakespeare I, II English Comic Drama Milton

Nineteenth-Century American Novel Joyce Yeats Modern Drama

Modern British Fiction Modern British and American Literature

World Literature Rise of Modern Poetry Modern Literature Poetry

Freshman, Intermediate, and Advanced Composition Creative Writing









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