John Robinson-AppelsAdjunct Assistant Professor in English and Comparative Literature309 Hamilton Hall
Areas of Interest :20th-century theatre and dance; Proust; Stein; poetry; comparative arts; gay and lesbian phenomenology; medicalization and AIDS literature
Ph.D in Comparative Literature, CUNY; M.A. in Poetry, Antioch; M.A. in Music, Mills. Lecturer, Cornell School of Visual Arts. Robinson-Appels is the recipient of two Fulbright Fellowships, including a year in residence at the Institute of Philosophy and the Husserl Archives in Belgium. He specializes in early twentieth-century modernism, particularly the effects of abstraction on literature, dance, theatre, music, painting, architecture, and physics. He also works on gay and lesbian theory, particularly seen through the phenomenological analysis, and issues in the medicalization of AIDS. Articles in Flash Art, Tableau, Artforum, Arts, the Yale Journal of Criticism,Contemporary Artists, Contemporary Masterworks. Poems in Green Zero, Epoch, Caryatid, Odessa Poetry Review. Robinson-Appels is the Artistic Director and choreographer of Company Appels which he founded in 1979 as a vehicle to research bodily poetics. The Company has toured 17 countries on 3 continents and currently consists of dancers from New York City Ballet and American Ballet Theatre.