Department of English

Benjamin Bertram

Professor of English
Ben Bertram

Office Location

418 Luther Bonney Hall, Portland

Faculty Office Hours Fall 2018

Sabbatical AY 2018-2019



Academic Degrees

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


Benjamin Bertram is Associate 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, film studies, and critical theory. His new book, Bestial Oblivion: War, Humanism, and Ecology in Early Modern England, will be out in June of 2018. The book is part of a series for Routledge entitled  “Perspectives on the Nonhuman.” His publications include articles in 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. 

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