Virginia Lee Strain
Title/s: Associate Professor
Specialty Area: Early modern literature and legal culture; law and literature
Office #: Crown Center 417
"On Compromise and Being Compromised in A Midsummer Night's Dream." Valparaiso University, Christ College Symposium on "What is Justice?" January 13, 2016.
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
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)
“Shakespeare’s Living Law: Theatrical, Lyrical, and Legal Practice.” Literature Compass, vol.12, no. 6, 2015, pp. 249-261.
“The Ensnared Subject and the General Pardon Statute in Late Elizabethan Literature.” Taking Exception to the Law: Materializing Injustice in Early Modern English Literature. Edited by Don Beecher et al. University of Toronto Press, 2015, pp. 100-119.
“The Winter’s Tale and the Oracle of the Law.” English Literary History, vol. 78, no. 3, 2011, pp. 557-584.
"Legal Reform and 2 Henry IV.” The Oxford Handbook of English Law and Literature, 1500-1700. Edited by Lorna Hutson and Bradin Cormack. Oxford University Press. Projected publication date: 2015.
"Punitive and Preventive Justice in Measure for Measure." Shakespeare and Judgment. Edited by Kevin Curran. University of Edinburgh Press. Projected publication date: 2015.
Perfecting the Law: Literature and Law Reform in the Age of Shakespeare. Book project.