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My Year at the Robbins

Updated: Jan 25, 2019

I am on fellowship at the Rossell Hope Robbins Library at the University of Rochester for the 2018-19 academic year. Read about what I've been up to!

At the Robbins Library trying out the new book wheel
I cannot remember what I did before I had use of a non-circulating library of medieval scholarship.

Since August 2018, I've been in residence as the Helen Ann Mins Robbins fellow in Rochester, NY. Throughout the year, I'll be using the library's extensive collection of medieval scholarship (as well as the abundant free coffee) to complete my dissertation project, "Foxes, Fables, and Felons: Animal Trials in the Middle Ages." The Rochester community has welcomed me with open arms, and I am ever-grateful for this wonderful opportunity.


Home to the Middle English Text Series--which, if you're a medieval scholar you know to be an invaluable online resource--the Robbins Library hosts TEAMS Middle English Texts, The Camelot Project, The Robbin Hood Project, The Crusades Project, and Visualizing Chaucer. Not to mention their conference room also always has some delicious pastry on offering.


My work for the past semester has in particular utilized their collections on Reynard the Fox, and the Old French reading group has helped me tackle an episode of the Roman de Renart that has become the focal part of my dissertation chapter on the wily fox.


And that amazing book wheel you can see in the featured image for this post? Just another sweet benefit of working at the Robbins Library!


See my carrel featured on the "Robbins Research Shelfies" spotlight:


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