E Mariah Spencer

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

Mariah Spencer is a doctoral student in English Literature at the University of Iowa, specializing in the literary genius of 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, she examines the role that books as a material objects have played in the genealogy of the English imagination.

Mariah holds a Master of Arts in Teaching from Drake University, an interdisciplinary master’s degree in Humanities from New York University, and a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Iowa. She currently teachers Rhetoric and tutors in the Speaking Center at the University of Iowa.