Alison L. Beringer

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Assistant Professor, Classics and General Humanities

Dickson Hall 149
973 655-3062
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BA:McMaster University
MA:University of Victoria
PhD:Princeton University
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Dr. Beringer is Assistant Professor of Classics and General Humanities and Coordinator of the General Humanities Program. She holds the M.A. in Classics from the University Victoria and the Ph.D. in German Studies from Princeton University. Her research focuses on Latin and vernacular texts and their manuscript transmission and illustration in the late Middle Ages and Early Modern.

Dr. Beringer’s book The Sight of Semiramis: Medieval and Early Modern Narratives of the Babylonian Queen, forthcoming from Arizona State University Press, is a study of the literary and artistic representations of the title figure from the early Middle Ages to the seventeenth century.

Before coming to Montclair State, Dr. Beringer taught German, medieval and contemporary European literature and culture, and a broad selection of texts from the ancient world in translation at Emory, Colgate, and the University of British Columbia. Combining her literary and art historical interests, she also held an appointment as Reader at Princeton University’s Index of Christian Art.

At Montclair State, Dr. Beringer teaches in the General Humanities Program and in the Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies Program. She has recently taught courses on medieval women and gender and the problem of evil in literature; she will be offering a course on Viking mythology in spring 2016.


Death and dying in literature
Literature and the visual arts
Medieval and early modern German literature
Medieval manuscript culture
Reception of Antiquity
Bible translation
Women's and gender studies
History of the book


Office Hours


  • Monday 9:45 am - 11:15 am
  • Monday 2:15 pm - 3:15 pm
  • Wednesday 7:30 am - 8:15 am

Research Projects

Talking Stones: The Statue in Song

My current book project considers the representation of statues in pre-modern literature as a way to understand the function and role of statuary, and more broadly of the non-verbal realm, in the urban environment of the late Middle Ages and early modern period.