Department of English

Benjamin Bertram

Professor of English
Ben Bertram

Office Location

418 Luther Bonney Hall, Portland

Faculty Office Hours Spring 2021

Please email for an appointment.



Academic Degrees

  • Ph.D., Literature, University of California, San Diego, 1997
  • M.A., Literature, University of California, San Diego, 1994
  • B.A., Literature,University of California, Santa Cruz, 1989


Benjamin Bertram is Professor of English at the University of Southern Maine. His areas of interest include sixteenth and seventeenth-century English literature and culture, Shakespeare, early modern studies, ecocriticism, animal studies, science fiction, film studies, and critical theory. His new book, Bestial Oblivion: War, Humanism, and Ecology in Early Modern Englandcame out in June, 2018. The book is part of a series for Routledge entitled "Perspectives on the Nonhuman.” His publications include articles in Criticism (Forthcoming), the Routledge Handbook on Shakespeare and Animals (Forthcoming), Modern PhilologyEnglish Literature, Exemplaria, and boundary 2. His first book, The Time is Out of Joint: Skepticism in Shakespeare’s England, appeared in 2004.

Research Interests

Early modern studies, Shakespeare, 16th & 17th c. English literature, critical theory, and cultural studies