PhD, Pennsylvania State University
Craig E. Bertolet received his PhD from The Pennsylvania State University. He specializes in medieval literature, Chaucer, Medieval London, and culture in literature. He has published articles in Studies in the Age of Chaucer, Philological Quarterly, Studies in Philology, and the Chaucer Review. He is the author of Chaucer, Gower, Hoccleve and the Commercial Practices of Late Fourteenth-Century London. He has coedited with Robert Epstein (Fairfield University) an essay collection titled, Money, Commerce, and Economics in Late Medieval English Literature. Additionally, he is working on two book projects. One is tentatively titled Money and the Crisis of Sovereignty in Late Medieval English Literature and the other The State As Exception in Late Medieval English Literature. He is also shopping a novel titled The Swelling Flood.
He teaches mostly courses on medieval literature (especially Chaucer), English Comedy, and core surveys in early British literature. His classes mix discussion with socio-economic and historical background and anecdotal information; he is particularly interested in how texts depict the culture in which they were produced. Language is also an important aspect to his pedagogy, because no matter how much you play with it, you can't break it.
Bertolet has won the following awards: College of Liberal Arts Teaching in the Humanities Award (2010-2011), Outstanding Faculty Member in the College of Liberal Arts (2010), College of Liberal Arts Excellence in Advising Award (2004-2005 and 2006-2007), Department of English Excellence in Administration Award (2015) and Department of English Excellence in Research Award (2018).
Bertolet is also co-director of the AU Summer in London Program with Anna Riehl Bertolet. He serves as the director of undergraduate studies in the Department of English.
medieval literature; cultural studies; Chaucer; critical theory