Curriculum Vitae

Victor H. Strandberg

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Box 90015, Durham, NC 27708-0015 (919) 684-3976 (office)
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Children: Anne and Susan


Ph.D.Brown University1962
M.A.Brown University1959
A.B. (Phi Beta Kappa, High Honors in English)Clark University1957
B.A.Clark University1957
Areas of Research

American Literature

Commercial Experience / Industrial Expertise


Professional Experience / Employment History

Duke University
Professor, English, 1983-present
Associate Professor, , 1969-1983
Assistant Professor, , 1966-1969
U of Uppsala; U of Louvain; U of Mannheim, Cadi Ayyad U; Visiting Professor at Kobe College; Palacky U
Four Fulbright appointments as Senior Lecturer in American Literature, plus terms in Morocco and Japan, , 1973-2001 (various short terms)
University of Vermont
Assistant Professor of English, , 1962-1966
Publications (listed separately)
Papers Presented
  1. 2011, See Info for the Chair
  2. 2009, John Updike and the Crisis of Belief, Quail Ridge Book Store, Raleigh
  3. 2009, Putting Humpty Together Again: The Dialectics of All the King's Men, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  4. 2008, The Poetry of Reynolds Price, Panel Discussion at Duke for Reynolds Price Jubilee Celebration
  5. 2008, Robert Penn Warren's Western Exposure, Austin Peay University, Clarksville, Tennessee
  6. 2007, "Robert Penn Warren's Western Exposure", Tacoma, Washington
  7. 2007, Chaired panel on Robert Penn Warren's Poetry, Western Kentucky University
  8. 2006, "RPW and the WASP Code."
  9. 2006, Talk to Surgical Wives on Faulkner's As I Lay Dying, Washington Duke Hotel
  10. 2006, Chaired SAMLA panel on Robert Penn Warren, Charlotte, NC
  11. 2000, The Religious Poetry of Reynolds Price, Annual Byron Lecture, Catholic University of America
  12. 1998, Warren's Verse and the Song of the Creatures, the annual invited lecture of the Robert Penn Warren Center, Western Kentucky University
  13. 1997, The Correlation between Warren's Life and Art, SAMLA
  14. 1997, Whatever Happened to 'You'?, presented at Robert Penn Warren Birthday Celebration, Western Kentucky University, revised and extended for publication in a book on Robert Penn Warren
  15. 1997, The Future of Difference, Symposium on Difference at Duke
  16. 1996, RPW and Herman Melville, Joint Annual Meeting of Robert Penn Warren Circle and Melville Society, North Adams State University (MA)
  17. 1995, RPW and the New Paradigm: A Case Study of the Birds, Robert Penn Warren and Southern Review Commemoration, Louisiana State University
  18. 1994, The Concept of 'Soul' American Literature, talk to graduate students, Tokyo University
  19. 1994, Brother to Dragons: Poem/Play/Film, American Literature Association Annual Convention, San Diego
  20. 1992, Robert Penn Warren and the Classical Tradition, presented for a panel on Warren at SAMLA convention in Knoxville, TN
  21. 1992, Robert Penn Warren and the Search for Design, presented for a panel on Warren at the American Literature Association annual convention in San Diego
  22. 1992, 'I Don't Hate the South': Faulkner's Two Views of the Manor, Southern Humanities Council Annual Conference, UNC-Chapel Hill
  23. 1991, Keynote Speaker at dedication of State Marker for Robert Penn Warren Birthplace, Guthrie, KY
  24. 1990, Robert Penn Warren and T.S. Eliot: In the Steps of the (Post)Modern Master, presented at panel on Warren that I assembled for MLA Chicago convention
  25. 1988, Christian Hedonism in [Reynolds Price's] Kate Vaiden, Conference on Christianity and Literature, Savannah, GA
  26. 1987, An Overview of American Poetry, presented at Marrakech
  27. 1987, Katherine Anne Porter and 'He', presented at Marrakech
  28. 1987, The Limitations of Ernest Hemingway, presented at Marrakech
  29. 1987, Imagism and T.S. Eliot, presented at Marrakech
  30. 1987, Narrative Discourse in the Lost Generation, Cadi Ayyad University, Marrakech, Morocco
  31. 1987, Warren's Worst Book, Robert Penn Warren Home Town Symposium at Austin-Peay State University in Clarksville, Tennessee (Warren's home area)
  32. 1987, Faulkner and Shakespeare: Preamble to a Secret Life, U of Mainz
  33. 1987, LIebestod: Faulkner and the Lessons of Eros, University of Erlangen
  34. 1987, Ethnic Pluralism in American Literature: Toni Morrison's The Bluest Eye, University of Heidelberg
  35. 1987, Modernism versus Sentimentality in American Ethnic Literature, University of Kostanz
  36. 1987, Cynthia Ozick and the Holocaust, University of Mannheim
  37. 1987, Slavery and the Civil War in Writings by Faulkner and Warren, University of Salzburg
  38. 1987, Robert Penn Warren and the Myth of the Fall, University of Vienna
  39. 1987, The Pathology of Family Life in As I Lay Dying, University of Nijmegen, Holland
  40. 1987, Myth and Identity in Light in August, University of Groningen, Holland
  41. 1987, Return of the Repressed: The Sentimentality of T.S. Eliot, Conference in Dubrovnik, Yugoslavia
  42. 1987, Social Pluralism and Sentimentality in American Literature, International Conference on Sentimentality at Inter-University Centre in Dubrovnik, Yugoslavia
  43. 1984, Poet of Youth: Robert Penn Warren at Eighty, Villanova University, on the occasion of Robert Penn Warren 80th birthday
  44. 1983, Faulkner and History: Two Views of the Plantation, Duke Campus Club, with Sydney Nathans (Duke History Department) as co-lecturer
  45. 1982, Biographer and Criticism: A Personal Accounting, MLA, Los Angeles, for a panel (with Jay Martin, James Justus, and David Minter) on "Faulkner and the New Biography"
  46. 1982, Two talks on Faulkner for the Taylor English Lecture Series, Peace College, Raleigh, NC
  47. 1981, Faulkner's God, West Point Military Academy, New York
  48. 1980, Joyce Carol Oates, American Library in Brussels
  49. 1980, Principles of Characterization in Faulkner, Center for American Studies, Royal Albert National Library, Brussels
  50. 1980, A Miscellany of American Poets, Teachers of English Conference at University of Louvain, Belgium
  51. 1980, Faulkner and Holy Wit, Faulkner Conference, University of Liege, Belgium
  52. 1980, The Conflict of Beliefs in American Literature, inaugural lecture at the University of Louvain, Belgium
  53. 1979, Brother to Dragons: The Craft of Revision, Robert Penn Warren seminar at MLA, San Francisco
  54. 1979, T.S. Eliot's Conversion, Christianity and Literature Conference, Savannah, GA
  55. 1976, The Design of Robert Penn Warren's Poetry, Robert Penn Warren seminar at MLA, New York
  56. 1975, Between Truth and Fact: Faulkner's Symbols of Identity, American Literature Section of SAMLA, Atlanta
  57. 1974, Updike's Drift from Christ to Eros, 2nd Annual Conference on 20th Century Literature in Louisville, KY
  58. 1973, John Updike and the Changing of the Gods, Presented to the American Studies Association, University of Helsinki, Finland
  59. 1973, John Updike and the Changing of the Gods, University of Turku-Abo, Finland
  60. 1973, On Surveying the Secret Life of William Shakespeare, Presented to the English Institute, University of Uppsala, Sweden
  61. 1967, The Artist's Black Veil, American Literature Section of SAMLA, Atlanta

Professional Service

  1. Director of Undergraduate Studies Committee, 2009 - present
  2. Major Advisor, English Department, 2009 - present
  3. Senior Honors Theses, 2009 - present
  4. Chair, Officer Education Committee, 2009 - present
  5. Phi Beta Kappa undergraduate elections committee, 2009 - present
  6. University Schedule Committee, 2009 - present
  7. Special Initiatives: Books for Belgium, -
  8. Founder, Robert Penn Warren Circle, 1990-present
  9. Officer Education Committee, Officer Education Committee. January 2, 2011, January 2011
  10. Department's delegate to Arts and Sciences Council, 2009 - June 30, 2009
  11. Undergraduate Elections Committee, Phi Beta Kappa, spring and fall 2008
  12. Chairman, Officers Education Committee (ROTC), spring and fall, 2008
  13. Review Committee for Leonard Tennenhouse, spring term
  14. DUS Committee, fall 2008
  15. University Schedule Committee, spring and fall
  16. Department Delegate to Arts and Sciences Council, fall term
  17. Chaired review of Melissa Malouf for reappointment, December 2007
  18. Chief mentor of Visiting Scholar/Professor from China, Xiaojin Shang, December 2007
  19. member, Phi Beta Kappa, Undergraduate Elections Committee, 2006 - 2007
  20. University Scheduling Committee and Task Force on Scheduling, 2005 - 2007
  21. Chair, Officers Education Committee, 2002 - 2007
  22. member, Committee to Review Jose Saldivar, 2007
  23. department delegate, Arts & Sciences Council, 2005 - 2006
  24. Committee to Review Jose Saldivar, 2006
  25. DUS Advisory Committee, January 2005
  26. Officers Education Committee Chair, 2005-2006. I attended a national convention of ROTC committees in Milwaukee October 22-24, 2005., January 2005
  27. Chair, Committee on Promotion of Greg Dale to Professof of the Practice of Physical Education, Recreation, etc., January 2005
  28. Delegate to ASC, Fall 2005, January 2005
  29. Chair, Teaching Awards Committee, 2003-04
  30. Consultant, Dissertation on Cynthia Ozick (Univ. of Tel Aviv), 2003-04
  31. Member, Charlotte Pierce-Baker Review Committee, 2003-04
  32. faculty advisor, Habitat for Humanity at Duke, 2002-03
  33. Board member, Robert Penn Warren Center, 2002-2003
  34. Editorial Advisory Board, The Distillery, 2002 - 2003
  35. Moderator, MLA panel on Charles Wright and Dave Smith, December 1, 2002
  36. judge for annual best book prize, Brooks-Warren Award for literary scholarship/criticism, Chief Juror 2005, 2002
  37. Chair, Panel on Robert Penn Warren's poetry at Robert Penn Circle meeting, at Western kentucky University on April 23, 2005, April 1, 2002
  38. Editor, Faculty Forum, 1996-2000
  39. Committee to Review Jose Saldivar, 006

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