Robin Colby

Professor of English and Norma Rose Chair in English

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116 Joyner Hall
(919) 760-2290

Areas of Expertise

  • Elizabeth Gaskell
  • Charlotte Bronte
  • Jane Austen

Work Experience

Professional biography

After graduating from Meredith with a B.A. in English and French, Dr. Colby went on to earn a M.A. at North Carolina State University and a Ph.D. at Duke University. She has taught at Meredith since 1988 and served as department head in English from 2005-2013. She enjoys teaching freshman composition, research and literary criticism, the British novel, the British survey, Victorian literature, and the European seminar.  She is currently serving as the Norma Rose chair in English and as the Director of Writing

Academic Credentials

Ph.D., Duke University
M.A., North Carolina State University
B.A., Meredith College


The Pauline Davis Perry Award


“Browning’s Christmas Eve and Easter Day as Meditational Verse.”  Christianity and Literature 61.4  (2012): 625-39.

“Elizabeth Gaskell:  A Model of Motherhood.” Gaskell Society Journal  11 (1997): 55-67.

A Woman’s Work:  Vocation in the Fiction of Elizabeth Gaskell. Westport: Greenwood, 1995.


“Robert Browning’s Christmas Eve as Read Through the Lens of Meditation,” presented at SAMLA Conference, November 2010

“Meredith’s Freshman Writing Test: A Commitment to Competency, “  co-presented with Eloise Grathwohl at SAMLA Conference, November 2008

“Growing Fast into a Woman:  Elizabeth Gaskell’s Wives and Daughters,” presented at SAMLA Conference, November 2006

“A.S. Byatt’s Djinn in the Nightingale’s Eye:  Women Readers on Quests,” presented at SAMLA Conference, November 2005
“‘A Sheltered Life Can be a Daring Life as Well’: Eudora Welty and Carnival,” presented at  SAMLA Conference,  November 2003

Panelist, “Making  a Living and Making a Life:  Weighing Career Options for Ph.D’s in the Humanities,” Duke University, October 2003

Panelist , “Ways and Days of Biographers,”North Carolina-Virginia College English Association, Sept. 1993

“Mrs. E.D.E.N.  Southworth’s Capitola:  The Madcap’s Appeal for Her Readers,”  presented at the Southeastern Women’s Studies Association, February 1988

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