Portrait of Dr  Robert Foot Dr Robert Foot

r.foot@hud.ac.uk | 01484 471363


I started my academic career as a Germanist and studied German literature at the Universities of Wales and Alberta. My M.A thesis and PH.D dissertation were the results of my research into the poetry of Rainer Maria Rilke and the poetry of post-war West Germany respectively. Before coming to the University of Huddersfield in 1989 as a Lecturer in German I taught at the Universities of Alberta and Toronto as an Assistant Professor of German and at the University of Waterloo (Ontario) as a Research Assistant Professor of German. In the latter institution I also held a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Post-Doctoral fellowship.

In the Division of English at the University of Huddersfield I teach, in addition to the general Foundation level modules Approaches to Literature and Introduction to Poetry and Drama, English Literature of the Eighteenth Century, British Romanticism and the Rise of the Novel. I am also the Year 1 Tutor.

Research and Scholarship

Prior to moving to the Division of English at the University of Huddersfield my research areas included twentieth-century German poetry and the social and political effects of German re-unification. My current research areas revolve around eighteenth-century English literature, especially the development of the novel, the works of Samuel Johnson, and comparative studies in German and British Romanticism.

Publications and Other Research Outputs


Robinson, T., Foot, R. and Clarke-Hill, C. (2000) ‘German retailing expansion – a decade of change?European business review , 12 (4), pp. 216-225. ISSN 0955-534X