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About Dr. Eric Spencer


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(208) 459-5832
Strahorn Hall, 207


English literature before 1800, the works of Shakespeare  

Personal Statement

My intellectual interests, when I can focus them at all, cluster around anthropological and philosophical approaches to literature, especially Shakespeare.

Professional Experience

The College of Idaho, Professor of English, 1994-present



  • Ph.D., UC Berkeley
  • B.A., Whitman College


  “Taking Excess, Exceeding Account: Aristotle Meets The Merchant of Venice.”  In Money and the Age of Shakespeare: Essays in New Economic Criticism.  Ed. Linda Woodbridge.  New York: Palgrave/Macmillan, 2003.  143-158.      
  “A Commodity of Good Names: Rhetoric, Debt, and Charisma in Henry IV, Part I.”  New Comparison 35-36: Spring/Autumn 2003. 38-53.
  Review of Ned Lukacher, Daemonic Figures: Shakespeare and the Question of Conscience.  Philosophy and Literature.  April, 1996.