Department of English

Anna Riehl Bertolet

Anna Riehl Bertolet Professor and Director of Core Literature
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Anna Riehl Bertolet (Ph.D., University of Illinois at Chicago) is a professor at Auburrn University. She specializes in early modern literature and culture, particularly Shakespeare and Elizabeth I. She is the author of several articles and book chapters, a book, The Face of Queenship: Early Modern Representations of Elizabeth I, and a co-editor of an essay collection, Tudor Court Culture. Dr. Bertolet's current book project, Written in Thread on Contested Ground: Gender and Needlework in Early Modern England, explores the intricate relationships between needlework and gender in 17th-century England. Her other works in progress include co-editing A Biographical Encyclopedia of Early Modern Englishwomen, 1500-1650: Exemplary Lives and Memorable Acts, to be published by Ashgate; and co-editing Creating the Premodern in the Postmodern Classroom, an essay collection on creative approaches to teaching medieval and early modern periods. Dr. Bertolet's research has received support from the Folger Institute, Auburn University (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 a recipient of the Early Career Teaching Award, College of Liberal Arts, Auburn University, 2011. 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 in Renaissance literature, as well as specialized courses on the body, drama, visual and 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 and co-director, with Dr. Craig Bertolet, of Auburn Summer in London Program.

Representative Publications

Images of 2 books by Anna Bertolet

  • The Face of Queenship: Early Modern Representations of Elizabeth I. New York, NY: Palgrave Macmillan, 2010.
  • Tudor Court Culture (co-edited with Thomas Betteridge). Selinsgrove: Susquehanna University Press, 2010.“
  • “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.
  • "'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.
  • Arbella Stuart,” “Bess of Hardwick,” “Cosmetics and Makeup.” In Women in the Renaissance: A Historical Encyclopedia, eds. Diana Maury Robin, Anne R. Larsen, and Carole Levin. ABC-Clio, 2007.

Last Updated: April 20, 2020