Paul Robinson

Richard W. Lyman Professor in the Humanities, Emeritus

Paul Robinson has written extensively on the history of European and American thought in the 19th and 20th centuries.  His books include, Opera, Sex, and Other Vital Matters; Gay Lives: Homosexual Autobiography from John Addington Symonds to Paul Monette; Freud and His Critics; and Opera and Ideas: From Mozart to Strauss. Professor Robinson describes his writing as primarily focused on three topics.  The first is the history of psychoanalysis.  The second is the history of ideas about human sexuality, especially the experience of gays and lesbians.  The third is the connection between intellectual history and the history of opera. Full bio