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Emily C. Bartels
Professor of English

Murray Hall, Room 205A
College Avenue Campus

Phone: (848) 932-7950

Office Hours | By Appointment

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Professor Bartels is author of Speaking of the Moor: From Alcazar to Othello (2008) and Spectacles of Strangeness: Imperialism, Alienation, and Marlowe (1993), which won the Roma Gill Prize for Best Work on Christopher Marlowe, 1993-94.  She is co-editor, with Emma Smith (University of Oxford), of Christopher Marlowe in Context (2013) and editor of Critical Essays on Christopher Marlowe (1997). Her other publications include: "Tis Pity She's a Whore: The Play of intertextuality," (2010); "Outside the Box: Surviving Survival" (2009); "Shakespeare's 'Other' Worlds: the Critical Trek" (Literature Compass, 2008); "Too Many Blackamoors: Deportation, Discrimination, and Elizabeth I" (SEL: Studies in English Literature, 2006); "Othello and Africa: Postcolonialism Reconsidered" (William and Mary Quarterly, 1997); "Strategies of Submission: Desdemona, the Duchess, and the Assertion of Desire" (SEL: Studies in English Literature, 1995); and "Imperialist Beginnings: Richard Hakluyt and the Construction of Africa" (Criticism, 1992). She is at work now on a new book, Intertextual Shakespeare

Professor Bartels's graduate and undergraduate courses have centered on early modern literature and culture, with a focus on Shakespearean and non-Shakespearean drama. She is especially interested in questions of race, cross-cultural relations, gender, genre, and performance.

Professor Bartels has received the Board of Trustees Fellowship for Scholarly Excellence (1993) and the Faculty of Arts and Sciences Award for Distinguished Contributors to Undergraduate Education (1993) from Rutgers University. She is the Director of the Bread Loaf School of English (Middlebury College), where she has taught since 1995.
Education Areas of Specialization
PhD, Harvard University
MA, Harvard University
BA, Yale University
Early Modern Drama; Early Modern Literature; Christopher Marlowe; Critical Race Studies; Cross Cultural Contacts

Speaking of the Moor

Spectacles of Strangeness

Christopher Marlowe

Other Publications
Undergraduate Courses Taught Graduate Courses Taught
  • Seminar: Othello
  • Seminar: Hamlet
  • Principles of Literary Study
  • Drama in the Age of Shakespeare
  • Elizabethan and Jacobean Shakespeare
  • Renaissance Literature and Culture
  • Seventeenth Century Literature
  • Shakespeare and the Production of History
  • Shakespeare Page and Stage
  • Shakespeare Page and Stage
  • Renaissance Literature and the Fashioning of Cultures
  • Critical Approaches to Shakespeare
  • Shakespeare in Contexts
  • Imperialist Beginnings
  • Critical Reading
  • Writing Seminar
Awards and Distinctions Professional Memberships and Affiliations
  • First Alternate, Robert Penn Warren Center Visiting Fellowship, Vanderbilt University, 2005-06
  • Graduation Speaker, Bread Loaf School of English, Middlebury College, 2001
  • Frank and Eleanor Griffiths Chaired Professorship, Bread Loaf School of English, 1999
  • Associate Director, Breadloaf School of English, Middlebury College
  • Advisory Board, Rutgers Center for Historical Analysis, 2008-11
  • Fellow, Douglass College, 1987
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