E Mariah Spencer
Research InterestsEarly Modern Literature, Women Writers, Gender Studies, Margaret Cavendish, Book History, Genre Theory, and the Long History of Science Fiction/Speculative Fiction
E Spencer is a doctoral candidate (ABD) in English Literature at The University of Iowa. She specializes in pedagogy and the teaching of female authorship, particularly as it pertains to early modern women and Margaret Cavendish, the Duchess of Newcastle. Her research focuses on the historical exclusion of women writers from the literary canon and classroom, as well as Cavendish’s formative role as a self-publisher during the mid-seventeenth century. Her dissertation, “Teaching Early Women Writers: Margaret Cavendish and the Problem of Female Authorship,” combines the study of feminist literary theory, book and reception history, and education to offer a timely intervention in the ongoing reclamation process for early women writers.
An experienced secondary teacher, E also holds a Master of Arts in Teaching from Drake University, an interdisciplinary Master of Arts in Humanities and Social Thought from New York University, and a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Iowa. In the fall of 2017, she served as a Professional Development Program Co-Leader for the Rhetoric Department. In both the fall of 2019 and 2020, she served as a Program Associate for the General Education Literature (GEL) program in the English Department.