The Strode Seminar is offered biennially and is taught by a member of Strode faculty, enhanced by a series of lectures and discussions with distinguished scholars working on topics related to the seminar. Visiting Strode Professor Richard Rambuss taught the Spring 2009 seminar entitled “Making Love.” The Fall 2006 Strode Seminar, directed by Visiting Strode Professor Ivo Kamps, focused on “Madness and Early Modern Culture.”
Among other topics, Strode Seminars have addressed
- “Shakespeare and Film” (Richard Burt, Thomas Cartelli, and Courtney Lehmann)
- “Authorship” (Brian Vickers, John Jowett, and MacDonald P. Jackson)
- “European England” (Jonathan Bate, Walter Cohen, and Keir Elam)
- “Early Modern Textual Culture” (Roger Chartier and Jonathan Goldberg)
- “Institutions of Memory: Hamlet and the Culture of Remembrance” (Stephen Greenblatt and Margreta de Grazia)
- “Gender and Sexuality in Shakespeare” (Stephen Orgel, Jonathan Dollimore, and Alan Sinfield)
- “Milton Studies” (Heather Dubrow, Ken Hiltner, Maggie Kilgour, Elizabeth Sauer, and Nigel Smith)
- “‘Of Woman Born’: Feminists Rewrite Shakespeare” (Mary Bly, Jean Hegland, Valerie Miner, and Grace Tiffany).
Shakespeare in Performance Practicum
The Shakespeare in Performance Practicum, offered biennially in alternate years with the Strode Seminar, combines theater, film, and reception history with analysis of interpretive practice in current productions by companies such as the Alabama Shakespeare Festival (2 hours away in Montgomery), the Atlanta Shakespeare Tavern, the Alliance Theatre at the Woodruff Arts Center in Atlanta, and the University of Alabama Department of Theatre and Dance.
The course is team-taught by professors from the Strode Program and the Department of Theatre and Dance.
Since 2009, the Strode Program has hosted the annual Southeast Milton Seminar. The Seminar brings a well-known Miltonist, most recently Laura Knoppers, David Loewenstein, and Paul Stevens, to UA’s campus for two days and features a meeting with our graduate students, an hour lecture, and a two-hour workshop discussion of the guest scholar’s current research.