• Tamara Goeglein
Professor of English, Interim Director Phillips Museum



Office: KEI311

Office Hours 

Offices:  Keiper 311 and The Phillips Museum of Art (SCC)
Semester:  Spring 2016 
  • Tuesdays:  12:30-2:00 pm (Keiper 311)
  • Thursdays:  9:00-10:00 am (Zime) 
  • By appointment


Interim Director, The Phillips Museum of Art, 2014-

English Department Associate Chair, 2012-13, 2014-

Associate Dean of the Faculty, 2006-11

English Department Chair, 2005-06, 1996-97

Secretary of the Faculty, 2004-06

Assistant, Associate, and Professor of English, 1989-


Ph.D. British Literature with Medieval Studies Certificate, Indiana University, 1989

M.A. British Literature, Indiana University, 1986

A.B. English, Earlham College, 1982 (with highest honors, PBK)


English Renaissance Literature and Intellectual History; Early Modern Emblematics and Visual Culture; Edmund Spenser.

  • ANQ: A Quarterly Journal of Short Articles, Notes, and ReviewsEmblematica, and Renaissance Quarterly, Reviewer
  • John Donne Society, Executive Board
  • Society for Emblem Studies, Representative to the Renaissance Society of America

Grants & Awards

  • "The Bible and Histories of Reading," Rare Book School, University of Pennsylvania,  2016
  • Visiting Scholar at the American Academy in Rome, Summer 2009
  •  Central Pennsylvania Consortium/Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Fellowship, 2009
  •  Princeton University Library Research Grant, Spring 2004
  •  The Folger Shakespeare Library Fellowship, 1993
  •  NEH Summer Institute, “Society and Religion in Early Modern England," 1993
  •  NEH Summer Seminar, "The Protestant Imagination," 1990
  •  William Riley Parker Prize, Indiana University, 1989
  •  John H. Edwards Fellowship, by Trustees of Indiana University, 1986-87
  •  Phi Beta Kappa (Delta of Indiana), 1982
  • "The Bible and Histories of Reading," Rare Book School, University of Pennsylvania,  2016



  • "The Handkerchief in Othello, And Its Untold Backstory" in  Imago (Special Volume: "Cervantes, Shakespeare, and Emblematics"), eds. Antoni Bernat Vistarini and John T. Cull (forthcoming in vol. 8, 2016).
  • "Death is in the ‘I’ of the Beholder: Early Modern English Emblems of Death” in Emblems of Death in the Early Modern Period, eds. Peter Daly and Monica Calebritto (Geneva: Librarie Droz, 2014), 59-95.
  •  "The Emblematics of Edmund Spenser’s House of Holiness,” Spenser Studies 25 (2010): 21-51
  • "Early Modern Emblem Books as Memorial Sites,” Princeton University Library Chronicle 69  (Autumn 2007): 43-70
  • "’You Might Find it a Different Story from the One You Learned in School’: Teaching Writing in a First-Year Seminar on Historical Fiction” in Integrating Literature and Writing  Instruction, eds. Judith H. Anderson and Christine R. Farris (Modern Language Association, 2007), 150-73
  • "Reading English Ramist Books as Early Modern Emblem Books: The Case of Abraham   Fraunce,” Spenser Studies 20 (2005): 225-52



  • "Beholding Colin Beheld," Renaissance Society Convention, April 2016
  • "The Face & Place of Mutabilitie," The Fifth International Spenser Society Conference, June 2015
  • "The Shepheardes Calender Before and After Panofsky," Renaissance Society Convention, March 2015
  • "Today’s Art Historian in Edmund Spenser’s Visions of the Worlds Vanitie," Shakespeare Association of America Seminar, April 2014
  • "George Puttenham’s Emblematic Queen Elizabeth I," Renaissance Society of America Convention, March 2014
  • “John Donne’s Emblematic Tabernacle,” John Donne Society Conference, February 2014
  • "Giving Life to Death Matters," Symposium, Hunter College & CUNY Graduate Center, November 2013
  • "Who's Looking?" Society for Emblem Studies, 48th International Congress on Medieval Studies, May 2013
  • "Emblematic Posturing," Renaissance Society of America Convention, April 2013
  • "Spenserian Lines of Sight," Spenser at Kalamazoo, 47th International Congress on Medieval Studies, May 2012
  • The Shakespeare Association of America Seminar, convener with Frederick Kiefer, “Visual Studies and Early Modern Drama,” 2011-12

Course Information

Medieval and Early Modern English Literature; Shakespeare; History of the Book; Historical Fiction