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Loyola University Chicago

Department of English


Virginia Lee Strain

Title/s: Assistant Professor

Specialty Area: Early modern literature and legal culture; law and literature

Office #: Crown Center 417

Phone: 82787

E-mail: vstrain@luc.edu


Mellon Visiting Assistant Professorship, Vanderbilt University (2011-12)

Mellon Postdoctoral Teaching Fellowship, Washington University in St. Louis (2010-11)

Research Assistantship, University of Manitoba Institute for the Humanities (2010)

Huntington Library Short-term Fellowship (2009)


B.A.Hons. (2001), M.A. (2002), Ph.D. (2011), University of Toronto

Research Interests

Early modern dramatic and non-dramatic literature; early modern legal culture and literature; Shakespeare and law; law and literature


The Shakespeare Association of America’s J. Leeds Barroll Dissertation Prize (2011)

Selected Publications

Recent Publications:
The Winter’s Tale and the Oracle of the Law.” English Literary History 78.3 (2011): 557-584.

“The Ensnared Subject and the General Pardon Statute in Late Elizabethan Literature.” Imagining Justice in Early Modern England, ed. Don Beecher et al (Toronto: University of Toronto Press).

“Shakespeare’s Living Law: Theatrical, Lyrical, and Legal Practice.” Under submission.

“And What Should We Do in Illyria? The Case for Applied Shakespeare Studies.” An article on student experiments with Shakespeare in everyday life. 

“Shakespeare’s Tragicomic Statutes.” An article that examines Shakespeare’s use of statutes as a plot device that generates mixed-genre narratives. 

“Literature and Law Reform: 1500-1700.” An article invited by the editors of The Oxford Handbook of English Law and Literature, 1500-1700 (projected publication date: 2015).

Perfecting the Law: Literature and Law Reform in Early Modern England. A book project.


Department of English
Crown Center for the Humanities
1032 W. Sheridan Road
Chicago, IL 60660

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