Department of English

Benjamin Bertram

Associate Professor of English
Ben Bertram

Office Location

418 Luther Bonney Hall, Portland

Faculty Office Hours Spring 2018

T/TH 11:45 - 1:00 pm, 2:45-4:00 pm and by appointment



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. He is currently completing a book on war, humanism, and ecology in early modern England that will be published by Routledge in 2017. His most recent articles are “Webster’s Geometry” (English Literature 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 has also published essays on postmodernism and politics. Bertram recently served as chair of the English Department, currently serves on the board of directors of Portland Stage Company, and in 2016 he served as the lead scholar for the Culture in Context series at the Theater at Monmouth.

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