Garry Walton

Dean, School of Arts and Humanities; Professor of English

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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.


  • 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.


  • “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
  • “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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