Department of English

Benjamin Bertram

Associate Professor of English
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Office Location

418 Luther Bonney Hall, Portland

Faculty Office Hours Fall 2016

M/W 11:45 - 1:00 pm, 2:45 - 4:00 pm and by appointment



Academic Degrees

  • Ph.D.


Professor Bertram’s areas of interest include sixteenth and seventeenth-century English literature and culture, Shakespeare, early modern studies, and critical theory. His most recent publications are “Webster’s Geometry; or, The Irreducible Duchess” (English Literature 1:1, 2014), “Shakespeare’s Measure for Measure and the Discourse of Husbandry” (Modern Philology 110:4, 2013), and “Falstaff’s Body, the Body Politic, and the Body of Trade” (Exemplaria 21:3, 2009). His first book, The Time is Out of Joint: Skepticism in Shakespeare’s England, appeared in 2004. He is currently working on a new book about war and ecology in early modern England. He has also published essays on postmodernism and politics. 

Professor Bertram currently serves on the Board of Trustees for the Portland Stage Company, the leading professional theater in Northern New England. Known primarily for the artistic excellence of its main stage productions, Portland Stage has recently begun developing strong ties to communities across the state of Maine. It now has a variety of innovative educational programs for students of all ages in the Portland public schools as well as programs for artistic development such as the Clauder Competition and the Little Festival of the Unexpected.

Webster's Geometry; or, The Irreducible Duchess, English Literature (2014)

Shakespeare’s Measure for Measure and the Discourse of Husbandry, Modern Philology 110.4 (2013)

Falstaff’s Body, the Body Politic, and the Body of Trade, Exemplaria (2009)

New reflections on the 'Revolutionary' Politics of ernesto Laclau and Chantal Mouffe, boundary 2 (1995)


Research Interests

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