Assistant Professor of English
Joined Connecticut College: 2010
B.A., Dartmouth College; M.A., Northwestern University; M.A., M.Phil., Ph.D., New York University
Eighteenth-century British literature
Romantic literature and culture
Literary relations among England, Scotland and Wales
Race, nation and empire
Jeff Strabone works primarily in the British eighteenth century and Romantic era. His research focuses on the rise of cultural nationalisms within the United Kingdom, poetics and literary form, and questions of race, nation and empire on a global scale. In 2011, he was a Visiting Research Fellow at the Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities at the University of Edinburgh.
Professor Strabone's teaching at the College covers a wide range of material including British poetry and prose from the Elizabethan era to the present, African novels and contemporary global film and literature. Recent courses include a seminar on Jane Austen and one on race, nation and empire in the eighteenth century.
His current book project, "Grammarians and Barbarians: The Bardic Origins of Romanticism," lays out a new argument about the simultaneous rise of Romanticism and nationalism in the British Isles. Drawing on poetry, prose literature, grammars, dictionaries and eighteenth-century editions of medieval texts, the book demonstrates how the Romantic era gave rise to our modern concepts of historical time, literary history and the nation. By recovering the bardic medievalism at the heart of Romanticism, Professor Strabone offers new ways of reading both lesser-known Romantic authors and canonical poets like Samuel Taylor Coleridge and William Wordsworth.
Professor Strabone's articles and reviews have been published in ELH and Eighteenth-Century Scotland. In 2012 and 2013 he presented new research at conferences of the American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies, the British Association for Romantic Studies, the Friends of Coleridge and the Wordsworth Summer Conference.
He is also a co-founder and chairman of the board of New Brooklyn Theater, a theater company based in New York that is devoted to developing emerging playwrights and restoring an abandoned historic movie theater in the Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood of Brooklyn as a performing arts center.
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