Craig Bertolet, Associate Professor, received his PhD from The Pennsylvania State University. He specializes in medieval literature, Geoffrey Chaucer, John Gower, 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. His work has also appeared in On John Gower: Essays at the Millennium, ed. R. F. Yeager (Medieval Institute, 2007); John Gower: Manuscripts, Readers, Contexts, ed. Malte Urban (Brepols, 2009); MLA Approaches to Teaching the Poetry of John Gower, ed. Brian Gastle and R. F. Yeager (MLA, 2011). He is author of the recent book, Chaucer, Gower, Hoccleve and the Commercial Practices of Late Fourteenth-Century London (Ashgate, 2013). He is currently working on a book-project tentatively titled, The Crisis of Sovereignty: Chaucer, Gower, and the Problem of Sovereign Power in Late Fourteenth-Century England. He is also working on a study on Thomas Hoccleve, gathering information for a study of English humor, and 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.
Dr. Bertolet has won the following awards: The College of Liberal Arts Teaching in the Humanities Award (2010-2011), The Outstanding Faculty Member in the College of Liberal Arts (2010), and The College of Liberal Arts Excellence in Advising Award twice (2004-2005 & 2006-2007).
Dr. Craig Bertolet is also Co-Director of the AU Summer in London Program with Dr. Anna Riehl Bertolet. He coordinates the English Department's Core Literature and Undergraduate Program