Department of English

Craig Bertolet

Craig Bertolet Professor
9060 Haley Center
(334) 844-9060
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  • Monday 10-10:50 am & by appt
  • Wednesday 10-10:50 am & by appt
  • Friday 10-10:50 am & by appt


Craig E. Bertolet, Professor, received his PhD from The Pennsylvania State University. He specializes in medieval literature, Chaucer, Medieval London, and culture in literature. He has published articles in Studies in the Age of ChaucerPhilological QuarterlyStudies in Philology, and the Chaucer Review. He is the author of Chaucer, Gower, Hoccleve and the Commercial Practices of Late Fourteenth-Century London. He is currently working on a book-project tentatively titled, Money and the Crisis of Sovereignty in Late Medieval English Literature. He is also co-editing a collection on money and economics with Dr. Robert Epstein (Fairfield University) which is under contract with Palgrave-Macmillan. Additionally, he is working on a chapter on literary and artistic images of medieval shopping for the Bloomsbury Cultural History of Shopping, gathering information for a study of English humor, and shopping a novel titled The Swelling Flood.

He teaches mostly courses on medieval literature (especially Chaucer), English Comedy, and core surveys in Early British Literature. His classes mix discussion with socio-economic and historical background and anecdotal information; he is particularly interested in how texts depict the culture in which they were produced. Language is also an important aspect to his pedagogy, because no matter how much you play with it, you can't break it.

Dr. Bertolet has won the following awards: The College of Liberal Arts Teaching in the Humanities Award (2010-2011), The Outstanding Faculty Member in the College of Liberal Arts (2010), and The College of Liberal Arts Excellence in Advising Award twice (2004-2005 & 2006-2007).

Dr. Craig Bertolet is also Co-Director of the AU Summer in London Program with Dr. Anna Riehl Bertolet. He serves as the Associate Chair of the Department of English.

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Representative Publications

Chaucer, Gower and commercial practices in 14th century

  • “Dressing Symkyn’s Wife: The Reeve’s Tale and Bad Taste,” Chaucer Review 52 (2017): 456-75.
  • “Jests, Jokes, Pranks, and Play in Chaucer’s Cook’s Tale,” in Open-Access Companion to the Canterbury
  • “Gower’s French Manuscripts,” in Routledge Research Companion to John Gower, ed. R. F. Yeager, Ana Sáez-Hidalgo, and Brian Gastle (London: Routledge, 2017), 98–101.
  • “Gower’s French Works: Mirour de l’Omme,” in Routledge Research Companion to John Gower, ed. R. F. Yeager, Ana Sáez-Hidalgo, and Brian Gastle (London: Routledge, 2017), 321–27.
  • “Social Corrections: Hoccleve’s La Male Regle and Textual Identity,” Papers on Language and Literature 51 (2015): 269-98.
  • Chaucer, Gower, Hoccleve and the Commercial Practices of Late Fourteenth-Century London, (Farnham: Ashgate Press, 2013) .
  • "The Anxiety of Exclusion: Speech, Power, and Chaucer's Manciple," Studies in the Age of Chaucer 33 (2011): 183-218.
  • "Gower and the Canterbury Tales: The Enticement to Fraud," in MLA Approaches to Teaching John Gower, R. F. Yeager and Brian Gastle, eds. (New York: MLA, 2010): 277-90.
  • "Chaucer's Cook's Tale," in The Literary Encyclopedia at
  • "'The slyeste of alle': The Lombard Problem in John Gower's London," in John Gower: Manuscripts, Readers, Contexts, ed. Malte Urban (Brepols, 2009), pp. 197-218.
  • "Fraud, Division, and Lies: John Gower and London," On John Gower: Essays at the Millennium, ed. R. F. Yeager (Kalamazoo, MI: Medieval Institute Publications, 2007), pp. 43-70.
  • "'Wel bet is roten appul out of hoord': The Cook's Tale, Commerce, and Civic Order," Studies in Philology 99 (2002): 229-245.
  • "Chaucer's Envoys and the Poet-Diplomat," The Chaucer Review 33 (1998): 66-89.
  • "'My wit is sharp; I love no taryinge': Urban Poetry and the Parlement of Foules," Studies in Philology 93 (Fall 1996): 365-89.
  • "From Revenge to Reform: The Changing Face of 'Lucrece' and Its Meaning in Gower's Confessio Amantis," Philological Quarterly 70 (Fall 1991): 403-21.

Last Updated: September 17, 2018