Stephen X. Mead
Title and discipline: professor, English; chair,
Office location: Old Main 312B
Areas of specialization: Shakespeare, early
modern literature and culture, medieval literature, classical
literature in translation, poetry, drama, literature of WWI, and
creative writing (poetry).
My undergraduate study was at the State University of New York, College
at Purchase, which at the time had a "literature" degree instead of
the more usual "English major." This meant we studied lots of
non-English and dramatic texts. Further, we had semesters mixed
between taking three courses at a time and one course (1/3 as long)
at a time. My one-hundred-page senior thesis was on Storytelling in
Spenser, Shakespeare, and Cervantes.
Graduate studies at Indiana University included
classes and seminars; languages (Latin and Italian);
qualifying exams; and master's degrees in English
and creative writing. I wrote a dissertation on
ideas of chastity in Shakespeare's "problem plays."
After a year of full-time teaching at an all-male
engineering school, I came to Saint Martin's in
August 1986. Things changed here a great deal over
the years, most changes extremely positive. I do
scholarship on Shakespeare and early modern poetry
and drama. I teach classes in writing (both
expository and creative), drama, poetry, the Great
War, Shakespeare, English renaissance, medieval
studies, and Catholic literature.
Recent professional activities:
- Organized and hosted the 57th Annual Meeting of the
Pacific Northwest Renaissance Conference, October 17-19, 2013 at Saint Martin's University.
- "Shakespeare's Play With Perspective: Sonnet 24,
Hamlet, and Lear,"
Philology 109.3 (2012): 225-257.
- "Desacrilizing the Body Politic in
Richard II," presented at
Renaissance Society of America, San Diego CA, April 6, 2013.
- "A Midsummer Night's Domestic Drama: Translating a Boy from Changeling to
Henchman," presented at Pacific Northwest Renaissance
Conference, Abbottsford, B.C., October 20, 2012.
- "Imagined Spaces on Shakespeare's Stage," presented at the
Fifth Blackfriars Conference, Staunton, VA, October 22, 2009.
Areas of interest (professional /
personal): Outside of school, I enjoy
playing folk and blues, going to the theatre,
backpacking in the Olympics, and laughing with
friends and family.
Education: B.A., S.U.N.Y., Purchase; M.A. in
Indiana University; M.A. in creating writing, Indiana
University; Ph.D., ibid.