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E Mariah Spencer

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Research Interests

Early Modern Literature, Book History, Speculative Fiction, Margaret Cavendish, and Genre Theory

E Mariah Spencer is a doctoral candidate in English Literature at the University of Iowa, specializing in seventeenth-century literature, the history of science, and Margaret Cavendish, the Duchess of Newcastle. Her research focuses on the utopian impulse and Cavendish’s formative role in the development of science fiction and other speculative literatures. More generally, by combining the study of literary genres with the careful methods of analytical bibliography, Mariah examines the role that the book object plays throughout the history of the English imagination.

An experienced secondary teacher, Mariah also holds a Master of Arts in Teaching from Drake University, an interdisciplinary Master of Arts in Humanities from New York University, and a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Iowa. In the fall of 2017, Mariah served as a Professional Development Program Co-Leader for the Rhetoric Department. She currently enjoys teaching “Monsters, Magic, and the Imagination,” a self-designed Interpretation of Literature course that explores the development of speculative literature from Beowulf to Tolkien, for the English Department.