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Skidmore College
English Department
Eileen Sperry

Eileen Sperry

visiting assistant professor

BA, New York University
MA, Binghamton University
PhD, Stony Brook University

2022-23 Folger Institute Research Fellow

Office: Palamountain 334
Phone: 518-580-5150

Teaching and Research Interests:

  • Early modern English literature and culture
  • Poetry and poetic theory
  • Writing and composition studies
  • Critical pedagogy

Courses Taught:

  • EN 105: Last Words


  • “As thou art, I once was—Death and the Bodies in 2 Henry IV” for The Shakespearean Death Arts: Hamlet Among the Tombs, ed. William Engel and Grant Williams. Palgrave Macmillan, 2022.
  • Anti-Blackness as Anti-Fatness: An Interview with Da’Shaun L. Harrison,” Nursing Clio, 21 April 2022.
  • "News from the Dead," Nursing Clio, 6 Aug 2020.
  • "The Deathbed: A New Nursing Clio Series," with Vicki Daniel. Nursing Clio, 12 May 2020.
  • "Plague in the Age of Twitter," Nursing Clio, 17 March 2020. 
  • "‘So let us sport us while we may’—First-person plural and the lyric voice," The Cambridge Quarterly, Volume 48, Issue 3 (2019): 197–212.
  • "Decay, Intimacy, and the Lyric Metaphor in Donne," Studies in English Literature, 1500-1900, Volume 59, Number 1 (2019): 45-66. 
  • "Lord Have Mercy On Us: Broadsides and London Plague Life," The Sixteenth Century Journal, Volume 49, Number 1 (2018): 97-118. 
  • "'Milk for gall'—Breastfeeding and Female Political Power in Macbeth," Breastfeeding & Culture: Discourses and Representations, Demeter Press (2018).
  • "Joss Whedon’s Much Ado About Nothing and the Voyeuristic Audience," Shakespeare Bulletin, Volume 35, Number 1 (2017): 15-35.

Editorial work: