Erika Boeckeler


Assistant Professor, Ph.D in Comparative Literature, Harvard University

Research areas and interests

Shakespeare, Alphabets & Alphabetic Literature, Language Theory, Renaissance Lyric Poetry, History of the Book, Early Modern Northern European Visual Art, Early Slavic Print Culture

Selected Publications

Painting Writing in Albrecht Dürer’s Self-Portrait of 1500,” Word & Image,  28.1 (2012): 30-56.

“At Home Among the Images: Early Modern Women’s Textiles and Protestant Domestic Décor in England.” Review Essay for Decorating the ‘Godly’ Household: Religious Art in Post-Reformation Britain by Tara Hamling and Pens and Needles:Women’s Textualities in Early Modern England by Susan Frye. The Huntington Library Quarterly 74.2 (June 2011):325-332.

Building Meaning: The First Architectural Alphabet.” Push Me, Pull You: Art and Devotional Interaction in Late Medieval & Early Modern Europe. Vol. 1. Eds. Sarah Blick and Laura Gelfand. Leiden; Boston: Brill, 2011. 149-195.

Current book project: “Playfull Letters: The Dramatization of the Alphabet in the Renaissance.”

Major Awards

Professor Boeckeler’s book manuscript, “Playfull Letters: The Dramatization of the Alphabet in the Renaissance”  was awarded the inaugural American Comparative Literature Association (ACLA) book subvention award. Professor Boeckeler received public recognition for the award at the national convention in New York City on March 20, 2014.

2012-13 External Fellow, Newhouse Center for the Humanities, Wellesley College

2010-11 Barbara Thom Postdoctoral Fellow, Huntington Library

2009 Folger Shakespeare Library Short Term Fellow

2007 NEH Summer Seminar participant “The Reformation of the Book”

2005-06 Whiting Dissertation Fellow