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.
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, modern drama 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 book, "Poetry and British Nationalisms in the Bardic Eighteenth Century: Imagined Antiquities," offers 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, Eighteenth-Century Life and Eighteenth-Century Scotland. His essay “The Afterlife of Annotation: How Robert of Gloucester Became the Founding Father of English Poetry” is forthcoming in the volume “Annotating Poetry in the 18th Century,” edited by Michael Edson.
In 2011, he was a Visiting Research Fellow at the Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities at the University of Edinburgh. He is a member of the American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies, the British Association for Romantic Studies, the North American Society for the Study of Romanticism, the Eighteenth-Century Scottish Studies Society and the Friends of Coleridge. In 2011, he was a Visiting Research Fellow at the Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities at the University of Edinburgh
He is also a co-founder and chairman of the board of New Brooklyn Theatre, a theater company based in New York that is devoted to developing emerging playwrights. His original adaptation of Ibsen’s “An Enemy of the People,” set in twenty-first-century West Virginia, premiered in 2014.
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