Victor H. Strandberg

Victor H. Strandberg

Professor with Tenure

External Address: 
315 Allen Bldg, Durham, NC 27708
Internal Office Address: 
Box 90015, Durham, NC 27708-0015
Office Hours: 

Mondays 1:30 - 3:00 p.m. and by appointment.

(919) 684-3976

Victor Strandberg has published The Poetic Vision of Robert Penn Warren (Kentucky, 1977), Religious Psychology in American Literature: The Relevance of William James (Studia Humanitatis, 1981), and A Faulkner Overview: Six Perspectives (Kennikat Press, 1981), together with numerous essays on American literature. His most recent book is Greek Mind/Jewish Soul: The Conflicted Art of Cynthia Ozick (University of Wisconsin Press, 1994). Every sabbatical year he has spent a semester abroad teaching American Literature, as a Fullbright professor at the Universities of Uppsala, Louvain, and Mannheim, and in spring 2001 in the Czech Republic. He has also taught at Kobe College in Japan and in Marrakech, Morocco.


  • Ph.D., Brown University 1962
  • M.A., Brown University 1959
  • B.A., Clark University 1957

Strandberg, V. H. The Conflicted Art of Cynthia Ozick. U of Wisconsin P, 1994.

Strandberg, V. H. A Faulkner Overview: Six Perspectives. The Kennikat P, 1981.

Strandberg, V. H. The Poetic Vision of Robert Penn Warren. The UP of Kentucky, 1977. Open Access Copy

Strandberg, V. H. A Colder Fire: The Poetry of Robert Penn Warren. U of Kentucky P, 1965.

Strandberg, V. H. “The Fiction of Reynolds Price.” Blackwell Encyclopedia of 20th Century AmericanFiction, 2008.

Strandberg, V. H. “Robert Penn Warren.” Southern Writers: A New Biographical Dictionary, edited by Joseph L. Flora and Amber Vogel, Louisiana State University Press, 2006.

Strandberg, V. H. “The Goyen-McCullers Freak Show.” A Goyen Companion, edited by I. Malin, 2003.

Strandberg, V. H. “Cynthia Ozick.” Contemporary Novelists, edited by Daniel Kirkpatrick, London: St. James Press, 2003.

Strandberg, V. H. “RPW and Herman Melville.” Book Assembled for Melville Society and RPW Circle Joint Symposium Papers, 2003.

Strandberg, V. H. “Nabokov and the ’Prism of Art’.” Torpid Smoke: The Stories of Vladimir Nabokov, edited by S. G. kelman and I. E. Malin, Amsterdam, Netherlands; Rodopi, 2000, pp. 246–246.

Strandberg, V. H. “Dimming the Enlightenment: Thomas Pynchon’s Mason & Dixon.” Pynchon and Mason & Dixon, edited by B. Horvath and I. Malin, U of Delaware P, 2000, pp. 100–11.

Strandberg, V. H. “Robert Penn Warren and the New Paradigm: A Case Study of the Birds.” The Legacy of Robert Penn Warren, edited by D. Madden, Louisiana State UP, 2000, pp. 155–74.

Strandberg, V. H. “William Faulkner and A Rose for Emily (two entries).” Reference-Guide to Short Fiction, London: St. James Press, 1993.

Strandberg, V. H. “A Tree, A Rock, A Cloud.” Reference Guide to Short Fiction, London: St. James Press, 1993.


Strandberg, V. H. “Adventures in Selfhood: Robert Penn Warren's Portraits of the Artist.” Five Points: A Journal of Literature and Art, 2018, pp. 208–18.

Strandberg, V. H. “Image and Persona in Warren’s ’Early’ Poetry.” Mississippi Quarterly, vol. 37, 2013, pp. 135–39. Open Access Copy

Strandberg, V. H. “Review of Mark Twain and The Spiritual Crisis of His Age.” Christianity and Literature, edited by Paul J. Contino and Maire Mullins, vol. 57, 2008, pp. 318–22.

Strandberg, V. “"T. S. Eliot Passes In Review: T. S. Eliot: The Contemporary Reviews,.".” The Sewanee Review, edited by Jewel Spears Brooker, vol. Summer 2005, Volume CXIII, Cambridge University Press, 2005, pp. lxxvi–lxxix.

Strandberg, V. Review of Jay Parini, One Matchless Time: A Life of William Faulkner. HarperCollins, Nov. 2004, pp. 496–496.

Strandberg, V. H. Dangerous Intimacy: The Untold Story of Mark Twain’s Final Years. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2004, pp. 342–342.

Strandberg, V. “T.S. Eliot: The Contemporary Reviews.” American Critical Archives, edited by Jewel Spears Brooker, vol. 10, University of Cambridge Press, 2004, pp. 600–600.

Strandberg, V. H. Cormac McCarthy. Edited by J. Parini, 2003. Open Access Copy

Strandberg, V. “The Religious/erotic poetry of Reynolds Price.” Studies in the Literary Imagination, vol. 35, no. 1, Dec. 2002. Open Access Copy

Strandberg, V. “Surplus theory in the cultures market.” Academic Questions, vol. 13, no. 1, Jan. 2000, pp. 34–38. Scopus, doi:10.1007/s12129-999-1039-x. Full Text