• Robert Hanning

    Professor Emeritus of English and Comparative Literature


    B.A., Columbia (1958); B.A., Oxford (1960); M.A., Oxford (1964); Ph.D., Columbia (1964). Professor Hanning began teaching at Columbia in 1963; he has also taught at Bread Loaf (Middlebury College), Yale, Johns Hopkins, NYU, and Princeton. He was director and professor at the Bread Loaf School at Lincoln College, Oxford in 1980, 1984, 1986, and directed NEH Summer Seminars for College Teachers in 1982, 1985, and 1989. He has received ACLS, Guggenheim, and NEH Fellowships and has been elected a Fellow of the Medieval Academy of America (1986) and a Trustee of the New Chaucer Society (1998-2002). He was the Biennial Chaucer Lecturer at the 1998 NCS Congress, at the Sorbonne in Paris. His areas of expertise include medieval English literature, Chaucer, and the cultural function of medieval narrative forms. At the undergraduate level, he teaches courses on the constructions of "race" and ethnicity and the fortunes of immigrant groups in America, and has for nearly three decades co-taught (with David Rosand of Art History) a seminar, "Art and Literature of the Renaissance." He has published books on medieval historiography and romance, coedited an anthology and two essay collections, and, with Joan Ferrante, co-translated (with commentary) the Lais of Marie de France. 2005-2006 is Prof. Hanning's last year of teaching; he retires 30 June 2006 after 45 years of offering instruction at Columbia. In October, he will give the Schoff Lectures sponsored by the Columbia University Seminars, on "Serious Play: Crises of Desire and Authority in the Poetry of Ovid, Chaucer, and Ariosto."