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Anna Riehl Bertolet

Anna Riehl Bertolet


Director of Core Literature


Anna Riehl Bertolet

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PhD, University of Illinois at Chicago

About Me

Anna Riehl Bertolet (Ph.D., University of Illinois at Chicago) is a professor at Auburn University. She specializes in early modern literature and culture, particularly Shakespeare, Elizabeth I, and women writers. She is the author of many articles and book chapters on early modern literature, queenship, visual culture, and material culture. Dr. Bertolet is the author of The Face of Queenship: Early Modern Representations of Elizabeth I; co-editor, with Carole Levin and Jo Eldridge Carney, of A Biographical Encyclopedia of Early Modern Englishwomen 1500-1650: Exemplary Lives and Memorable Acts; co-editor, with Thomas Betteridge, of Tudor Court Culture; and the editor of Queens Matter in Early Modern Studies. She also co-edited, with Carole Levin, an essay collection on using creative projects in teaching, titled Creating the Premodern in the Postmodern Classroom: Creativity in Early English Literature and History Courses. Her current book project interrogates the gendering of needlework in early modern England and the continent; she is also editing an anthology of early modern writings about needlework. Dr. Bertolet's research has received support from the Folger Institute, Auburn University (Office of the Provost, College of Liberal Arts, and Department of English), American Association of University Women, University of Illinois at Chicago, and the English-Speaking Union.

Dr. Bertolet is an award-winning teacher. Her teaching interests lie at the intersection of early modern literature, visual culture, gender studies, material culture, history, and cultural studies and include undergraduate and graduate courses on Shakespeare, early modern literature, as well as specialized courses on the body, drama, visual rhetoric, material culture, Elizabeth I, and women writers in early modern England. 

Dr. Anna Riehl Bertolet is a member of editorial board of Explorations in Renaissance Culture, Director of Core Literature in the Department of English, and co-director, with Dr. Craig Bertolet, of Auburn's Summer in London Program.

Research Interests

Early modern literature and culture; early modern queenship; Shakespeare; Elizabeth I; visual culture; material culture; cultural studies; women's and gender studies


  • “Needlework Patterns on the Move: Traveling toward Reincarnation.” In Dynamic Matter: Renaissance Travelling Objects, edited by Jennifer Wood. Provisionally accepted for the series Cultural Inquiries in English Literature, 1400-1700. Forthcoming from Pennsylvania State University Press.
  • “Reshaping, Refilling, Reimagining: Teaching Shakespeare through Intertextuality.” In Creating the Premodern in the Postmodern Classroom: Creativity in Early English Literature and History Courses, co-edited with Carole Levin. ACMRS—Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, 2018. 135-150.
  • “Doppelgänger Queens: Elizabeth Tudor and Mary Stuart.” In Queens Matter in Early Modern Studies, edited by Anna Riehl Bertolet. Singer / Palgrave Macmillan, 2018. 223-245.
  • “Figures of Elizabeth.” Edmund Spenser in Context. Edited by Andrew Escobedo. Cambridge University Press, 2016. 42-52.
  • “Like two artificial gods”: Needlework and Female Bonding in A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Medieval Clothing and Textiles 11 (2015): 159-77. Boydell & Brewer.
  • “The ‘Blindness of the Flesh’ in Nathaniel Woodes’ The Conflict of Conscience,” in The Oxford Handbook of Tudor Drama, ed. Thomas Betteridge and Greg Walker (Oxford University Press, 2012). 144-160.
  • "Elizabeth I and the Heraldry of the Face," in Elizabeth I and the Sovereign Arts, ed. Donald Stump, Linda Shenk, and Carole Levin. Arizona University Press, 2011. 189-99.
  •  “The Tsar and the Queen: ‘You speak a language that I understand not,’” in Elizabeth and Foreign Relations, ed. Charles Beem (Palgrave, 2011). 101-123.
  • "Persuading the Prince: Raleigh, Keymis, Chapman, and The Second Voyage to Guiana." In Tudor Court Culture, eds. Thomas Betteridge and Anna Riehl. Selinsgrove: Susquehanna University Press, 2010. 149-66.
  • Tudor Court Culture (co-edited with Thomas Betteridge). Selinsgrove: Susquehanna University Press, 2010.
  • The Face of Queenship: Early Modern Representations of Elizabeth I. New York, NY: Palgrave Macmillan, 2010.
  • "'Shine like an Angel with thy starry crown': Queen Elizabeth the Angelic." In Queens and Power in Medieval and Early Modern England, eds. Carole Levin and Robert Bucholz. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 2009. 158-86.
  • "Eying the Thought Awry: The Anamorphosis of John Donne's Poetry." English Literary Renaissance 39. 1 (Feb 2009): 141-62.