Andrea, Bernadette


Bernadette Andrea is a Professor in the Department of English at the University of California, Santa Barbara. She is also a Core Faculty in the Center for Middle East Studies, an Affiliate Faculty in the Comparative Literature Program, and an Affiliate Faculty in the Department of Feminist Studies.  She previously taught at the University of Texas, San Antonio, where she was the Celia Jacobs Endowed Professor in British Literature. She received her PhD in English Language and Literature from Cornell University, where she specialized in early modern women’s writing and studied Arabic in the department of Near Eastern Studies. She has also studied French, Italian, Latin, Spanish, and Turkish at the university level. Her research and teaching interests include Renaissance/early modern studies, women’s studies, and literary/cultural theory; early modern Anglo-Islamic relations and representations; and contemporary Middle Eastern women’s writing. She is the author of The Lives of Girls and Women from the Islamic World in Early Modern British Literature and Culture (University of Toronto Press, 2017) and Women and Islam in Early Modern English Literature (Cambridge University Press, 2007); editor of English Women Staging Islam, 1696–1707 (University of Toronto, Centre for Reformation and Renaissance Studies, 2012), a critical edition in the series "The Other Voice in Early Modern Europe"; and co-editor (with Linda McJannet, Bentley University) of Early Modern England and Islamic Worlds (Palgrave Macmillan, 2011), a collection in the series "Early Modern Cultural Studies." Her co-edited collection (with Patricia Akhimie, Rutgers University), Travel and Travail: Early Modern Women, English Drama, and the Wider World, is forthcoming from the University of Nebraska Press.



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Early Modern Studies
Cultural Studies
Literary Theory
Post-Colonial Studies
Renaissance Literature
Restoration and Eighteenth Century Literature
Theories of Gender and Sexualities


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