Garry Walton

Professor of English
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112 Joyner Hall
(919) 760-8359

Areas of Expertise
  • Shakespeare and Renaissance drama and poetry
  • John Milton
  • Literary theory
  • Higher education

Work Experience

Professional biography

Garry Walton has taught at Meredith College for 30 years.  He has taught courses in Composition, British literature, Milton, Shakespeare, Literary criticism and research; he has also directed undergraduate research projects on the King James Bible, Faulkner, Milton, and Shakespearean stage productions.

At Meredith he has served as Director of the Honors program, head of the Department of English, and Dean of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences.  He has participated in workshops and seminars sponsored by the Shakespeare Institute of the University of Birmingham in the UK,  and the Folger Institute in Washington DC. 

Previously he served as Assistant to the Provost at the University of Virginia.

Academic Credentials

BA, MA, PhD, University of Virginia, Charlottesville VA.  Phi Beta Kappa

  • Jessie Ball duPont Technology Fellowship, 1997-98
  • Laura Weatherspoon Harrill Advising Award, 1994
  • Outstanding College English Teacher, South Atlantic Modern Language Association, 1992
  • Pauline Davis Perry Teaching Award, 1986

  • "Bringing Performances Into Classrooms Through Multiple Media." Teaching Shakespeare through  Performance, ed. Milla C. Riggio.  New York: MLA, 1999: 321-40.
  • Shakespeare on Video.” In Teaching Shakespeare through Performance: 459-64.
  • "Forget Teaching, Remember Learning." Issues and Inquiry in College Learning and Teaching Spring-Summer 1993: 9-16.
  • "Particle Physics: An-Atomization of a Performance" [group review of Shakespeare Theatre's Hamlet]. Co-authored with Ann Jennalie Cook.  Cahiers Elisabethains 44 October 1993: 53-66.
  • "Finding a Place to Play: Teaching in Non-traditional Spaces."   Co-authored with Kurt Daw. In Shakespeare and the Languages of Performance [electronic workbook distributed via Shaksper] May 1993: 16-20.
  • "`The Actors Are Come Hither, My Lord': Inviting a Performance Group to Campus."  In Shakespeare and the Languages of Performance May 1993: 36-44.
  • "V. N. Voloshinov: A Marriage of Marxism and Formalism," in Semiotics and Dialectics, ed. P. V. Zima  (Amsterdam, 1981): 39-102.

  • “The Shakespearean Sacrament of the Disobedient Daughter.”  Pre- and Early-Modern Women’s Rituals panel, South Atlantic Modern Language Association, 88th annual conference, Jacksonville FL, November 2016
  • “Shakespeare, the Lady Russell (the Dowager Countess), and the Scotts.”  Docents of the North Carolina Museum of Art, October 2016
  • “Rwanda and Juliet: World Peace through Shakespeare.” The State of Things, with Frank Stasio.  WUNC radio, October 2016
  • “Teaching at a Small College.”  Graduate Student Forum, UNC at Chapel Hill, September 2016
  • “Out of Control,” in Digital Shakespeare, Tenth World Shakespeare Congress, Stratford and London,  August 2016
  • “’How many children had Lady Macbeth?’ – finding an answer on stage.”  With Rebecca Daw Blum. Blackfriars x SouthWest: Space, Text, History Conference, Austin TX, April 2016
  • “History a la Carte: Cervantes and Shakespeare.”  North Carolina Museum of History, Raleigh NC.  April 2016
  • “Shakespeare and Cervantes.”  With Dr. Jonathan Wade.  Tom Kearney Show, WPTF Radio, April 2016
  • “Making the Most of a Mentor,” Preparing Future Faculty, Duke University Graduate School, Durham, September 2014
  • Roundtable: Pedagogy and Staging,” Seventh Blackfriars Conference, American Shakespeare Center, Staunton VA,  October 2013
  • “Higher Education in North Carolina,” Global Classroom Alliance Tour of major universities in Beijing, Guangzhou, Hangzhou, Shanghai, Hainan, PRC, October 2012
  • “The Majesty of the King James Bible,” 400th Anniversary Celebration, Carswell Concert Hall, Meredith College, November 2011
  • “The Academic Job Search,” Duke University Graduate School, Durham NC, September 2011
  • “Shakespeare at the Movies” – Alpha Delta Kappa, Raleigh, April 2011
  • Teaching and Research Beyond the Research University."  Duke University Graduate School, Durham NC, February 2010
  • “Roundtable: Pedagogy and Shakespeare,” Fifth Blackfriars Conference, American Shakespeare Center, October 2009
  • “Playing to a Different House: Shakespeare’s Globe in Johnson Rotunda” – with students Sara Croninger and Lauren Moore – Five O’Clock Scholars, Meredith College, April 2009
  • “How to Write Like Shakespeare,” Yunnan Nationalities University, PRC, June 2005
  • “Shakespeare’s Moving Images,” Friends of the Library, Meredith College, April 2001
  • "Using Video in the Shakespeare Class," Folger Workshop on Shakespeare and the Languages of Performance, Washington D.C., February 1994
  • "Forget Teaching, Remember Learning," Modern Language Association session on “Teaching Reconsidered,” December 1993
  • "Forget Teaching, Remember Learning," Association of Departments of English session on “Innovative Approaches to Teaching,” South Atlantic Modern Language Association, October 1992
  • "Shakespeare and History," Fifth World Shakespeare Congress, Tokyo, August 1991
  • "Critical Theory and Classroom Practice," North Carolina Baptist College Teachers of English Conference, October 1990
  • "Some Versions of Tragicomedy: Intrigue, Conversion, Interception," Shakespeare Association of America, April 1988
  • "Starting Bakhtinian Dialogue in the Writing Classroom," North Carolina Baptist College Teachers of English Conference, October 1986
  • "Mikhail Bakhtin and Contemporary Literary Theory: A Dialogue," Modern Language Association Special Session, December 1985

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