Franklin & Marshall College Franklin & Marshall College

Tamara A. Goeglein

Professor of English, Interim Director Phillips Museum
Office: KEI311
Office Hours: M 11:30 AM-1:00 PM, R 3:30-4:30 PM, and by appointment

Professional Biography

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)

Research Interests

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

  • Emblematica and Renaissance Quarterly, Reviewer
  • John Donne Society, Executive Board 
  • Society for Emblem Studies, Representative to the Renaissance Society of America

Grants & Awards

  • 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


  • "Death is in the ‘I’ of the Beholder: Early Modern English Emblems of Death” in Emblems of Death in the Early Modern Period, ed. Peter Daly and Monica Calebritto, (forthcoming, Geneva: Librarie Droz, 2014)
  •  "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


  • "The Emblematics of Edmund Spenser's Shepheardes Calender," 49th International Congress on Medieval Studies, May 2014
  • "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
  • National Endowment for the Humanities/American Library Association Series, "Making Sense of the American Civil War," convener, Spring 2012
  • The Shakespeare Association of America Seminar, convener with Frederick Kiefer, “Visual Studies and Early Modern Drama,” 2011-12
  • "George Wither as Creative Curator,” The Society for Emblem Studies Ninth International  Conference, July 2011
  • "The Pleasures of Iconoclasm in Spenser’s Emblematic Poetry,” Sixteenth Century Society Conference, 2010
  • "The Emblematics of A Theatre for Worldlings,” Shakespeare Association of America Seminar, 2009
  • "Must We Compare Emblematic Texts and Images?” Renaissance Society of America Convention, 2009

Course Information

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