Welcome to the Department of Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

  • Portrait
  • Professor
  • Department: Department of English
  • Email: emily.bartels@rutgers.edu
  • Tel: : 848-932-7950
  • Office: Murray Hall, Room 203A



Ph.D., Harvard University

M.A., Harvard University

B.A., Yale University

Research interests

Early Modern Drama; Early Modern Literature; Christopher Marlowe; Critical Race Studies; Cross Cultural Contacts

Biographical Notes

Emily 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 has also edited Critical Essays on Christopher Marlowe (1997). Her other publications include: "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, a summer graduate program affiliated with Middlebury College, since 1995, and has served as the Associate Director since 2001.

Click here to view Professor Bartels's CV.

Awards, Fellowships, and Grants

  • 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

Selected Publications


Speaking of the Moor: From "Alcazar" to "Othello"; University of Pennsylvania Press, 2008

Spectacles of Strangeness: Imperialism, Alienation, and Marlowe; University of Pennsylvania Press, 2003

Critical Essays on Christopher Marlowe; G. K. Hall & Co., 1997

Other Publications:

"Shakespeare’s ‘Other’ Worlds: The Critical Trek", Literature Compass 5.6, November 2008

"Too Many Blackamoors: Deportation, Discrimination, and Elizabeth I" SEL: Studies in English Literature 46.2, Spring 2006

"Othello and Africa: Postcolonialism Reconsidered", The William and Mary Quarterly 54. 1, January 1997

"Strategies of Submission: Desdemona, the Duchess, and the Assertion of Desire", SEL: Studies in English Literature 36.2, Spring 1996

"Outside the Box: Surviving Survival", Literature and Medicine 28.2, 2009

Courses Offered


  • 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

Professional Memberships and Affiliations

  • 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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