Dana E. Aspinall
Associate Professor of English
Joined Alma College Faculty in 2007
Swanson Academic Center 335
Office Hours: MWF 10:30-12:00; TR 9:00-12:00
I encourage students to realize and embrace two wonderful possibilities: that they may be capable of far more than they see in themselves, and that our connections to one another--through our experiences and desires--may provide some answers to our struggles with politics, religious belief, and cultural and personal difference. I use literature, particularly that of the English Renaissance, to illustrate how these possibilities have shaped and motivated us throughout much of our existence.
Although I expect a great deal from my students, I try to make myself available to them so that they do not feel alone in, or overwhelmed by, their studies, nor do they miss out on an opportunity to articulate and argue what they may discover through their reading and thinking. I welcome you to my office and to the world of Early Modern Literary Studies.
- Ph.D., University of Connecticut (1996)
- M.A., University of South Carolina (1987)
- B.A., University of Maine, Fort Kent (1984)
The English Civil Wars
Selected Book Publications
- Dana E. Aspinall (Gen Ed. Philip C. Kolin). The Taming of the Shrew: Critical Essays. (Shakespeare Criticism series). Routledge. 1st edition 2002; Paperback edition, 2009 ed. 2002; 2009.
- Dana E. Aspinall (Gen Eds. Betty S. Travitsky & Patrick Cullen). Amey Hayward's Females Legacy. Volume 4, Series 2 of The Early Modern Englishwoman, Printed Writings 1640-1700. Ashgate. 2003.
- Dana E. Aspinall (Series' Gen. Ed. Richard L. Nochimson). The Two Gentlemen of Verona, The Taming of the Shrew, The Comedy of Errors, and The Merry Wives of Windsor: An Annotated Bibliography. Pegasus. 2008.
- Dana E. Aspinall. "'I wol thee telle al plat’: Poetic Influence and Chaucer’s Pardoner." Mississippi Studies in English. 11 & 12 (1993-1996), pp. 230-242
- Dana E. Aspinall. "The Role of Folk Humor in Seventeenth-Century Receptions of Beaumont’s The Knight of the Burning Pestle." Philological Quarterly. 76.2 (Spring 1997), pp. 169-192
- Dana E. Aspinall. Review of Henry V, at the Stratford Shakespeare Festival, Cahiers Elisabethains (Paris, France). 82 (Autumn 2012), 57-58, 66.
- Dana E. Aspinall. Review of Elektra at the Stratford Shakespeare Festival, Didaskalia. 9 (2012) 2012.
- Dana E. Aspinall. Review of Titus Andronicus at the Stratford Shakespeare Festival, Shakespeare Bulletin. 30.2 (Summer 2012), 202-204.
- Dana E. Aspinall. Review of Merry Wives of Windsor at the Stratford Shakespeare Festival, Shakespeare Bulletin. 30.2 (Summer 2012), 199-202.
- Dana E. Aspinall. Review of Richard III at the Stratford Shakespeare Festival, Cahiers Elisabethains (Paris, France). Vol. 80, Autumn 2011, pp. 100-101
- Dana E. Aspinall. Review of Twelfth Night at the Stratford Shakespeare Festival, Cahiers Elisabethains (Paris, France). Vol. 80, Autumn 2011, pp. 99-100
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- Dana E. Aspinall.  "'Everyman', Service-Learning, and Collaboration." College English Association Annual Conference. Savannah, GA. April 4-6, 2013.
- Dana E. Aspinall.  "Making Performance Archives Perform: The Transference of Interpretive Influence from Reviewer to Theater Program." Shakespeare Association of America Annual Meeting. Toronto, Ontario, Canada. March 27-30, 2013.
- Dana E. Aspinall.  "“Blending Scholarship and Contemporaneous Texts into the Teaching of Taming of the Shrew and As You Like It.” Presented as part of the “Pitiful Goers-Between: Teaching Intertextuality” Workshop." at the Shakespeare Association of America Annual Meeting. Boston, MA. April 5-8, 2012.
- Dana E. Aspinall.  "“Pageant Plays as Service-Learning Tools.”." Michigan Campus Compact Service-Learning and Civic Engagement Institute Conference. East Lansing, MI. January 30-31, 2012.
- "Teaching _Othello_ and _Macbeth_," as part of the "Shakespeare without Chairs: Open-Space Pedagogies" session chaired by Carol Rutter and Jonathan Heron." Shakespeare Association of America. Chicago, IL. April 1-3, 2010.
- Dana E. Aspinall.  "The Merchant of Venice at The Theater at Monmouth, as part of the "Reviewing Reviewed" session conducted by Lois Potter." Shakespeare Association of America. Washington, DC. April 9-12, 2009.
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Service to the College
- Search Committee, Digital Rhetoric Position, Department of English
- Faculty Sponsor, Sigma Tau Delta, the International English Honors Society