Assistant Professor of English, Yisrael Levin’s recently published book, “A.C. Swinburne and the Singing Word: New Perspectives on the Mature Work,” is a provocative collection of essays on the writings of A.C. Swinburne. The collection, published in August of 2010 by Ashgate, focuses on the acclaimed 19th century English poet, writer, and critic’s literary work towards the latter years of his life, in an attempt to highlight the importance of his mature pieces.
Swinburne’s early poetry was considered somewhat scandalous, but as Levin’s volume shows, his later work presents in-depth reflections of the spiritual and political world of his time. Levin explains, “The essays in this volume introduce readers to Swinburne’s often disregarded later achievements.”
Levin is currently teaching a course on Victorian Literature, a specialty of his. His other scholarly interests include poetry and poetics, literature and religion and classical myth. He focuses his teaching and research on studying the correlation between literary forms and cultural conditions. Coming from the University of Victoria, where he completed his Ph. D., Levin joined the faculty of Hobart and William Smith in 2010.