Andrea, Bernadette


Bernadette Andrea is Professor of Literary and Cultural Studies 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.  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). She edited and introduced English Women Staging Islam, 1696–1707 ( University of Toronto, Centre for Reformation and Renaissance Studies, 2012) for the series "The Other Voice in Early Modern Europe." Her co-edited collections include Travel and Travail: Early Modern Women, English Drama, and the Wider World, with Patricia Akhimie (University of Nebraska Press, 2019), and Early Modern England and Islamic Worlds, with Linda McJannet (Palgrave Macmillan, 2011). Her articles and book chapters on contemporary women writers from Turkey, Egypt, Algeria, and Morocco appear in journals such as HAWWA: Journal of Women of the Middle East and the Islamic World and collections such as Arab Women’s Lives Retold: Exploring Identity Through Writing. She currently serves as a co-editor, with Julie Campbell and Allyson Poska, of Early Modern Women: An Interdisciplinary Journal, and is the director of The Early Modern Center at UCSB.



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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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