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Tufts University
Department of English
6 The Green
Room 213, East Hall
Medford, MA 02155

Office: 617.627.2381
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Linda Bamber


Ph.D., Tufts University
MA, Columbia University
BA, Vassar college

Linda Bamber began her academic career as a Shakespeare scholar but went on to teach in such disparate fields as nineteenth century novel and twentieth century poetry. She now writes and publishes fiction and poetry (including a collection of stories that re-imagine – and teach – half a dozen Shakespeare plays) rather than academic scholarship. She directed the First Year Writing Program at Tufts from 1985-1994 and from 2006-2012, and she served as Department Chair from 1994-1997.

Courses Taught

  • Buddhism and American Poetry
  • Shakespeare
  • Nineteenth Century Novel
  • Seventeenth Century Poetry
  • 19th, 20th and 21st Century Fiction by Women

Publication Highlights


  • Taking What I Like: Stories. Boston, MA: David R. Godine, 2013.

  • Metropolitan Tang: Poems.Boston, MA: David R. Godine, 2008.

  • Comic Women, Tragic Men: Gender and Genre in Shakespeare. Palo Alto, CA: Stanford University Press, 1982.


  • "The Miracle of My Freedom"The Kenyon Review(Spring 2013). Included in Best American Essays2014 "Notable" list.

  • "Cleopatra and Antony" Harvard Review43 (Summer 2013)

  • "Shade" Ducts (Summer 2012).

  • "Cher Jacques" Harvard Review 41 (2011).

  • "Tempo and Duration" Ploughshares (Winter 2009/10).


  • "Three Houses and a Wish" New Ohio Review 15(Spring 2014)

  • "Provincetown" and "Bird Swerves" Ploughshares(Winter 2013)

  • "Drifting Backwards" Tuesday: An Art Project (Spring/Summer 2012).

  • "Desires R Us" The Salon (Spring 2012).

  • "Eva's Friend Masha May Drink Too Much" Barnstorm (Fall 2009).

Essays and Articles:

  • "Acting the Truth" in New Ohio Review10 (Fall 2011).

  • "About a Poem" in Shambhala Sun20: 2 (November 2011).

  • "Reading as a Buddhist" in Buddha Mind in Contemporary Art. Eds. Jacqueline Baas and Mary Jane Jacobs. Berkeley: U. of California Press, 2004.