Dr. Spingler received a B.A. from Dartmouth College in 1959 and an M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Pittsburgh in 1961 and 1966, respectively. He has been at Clark since 1972. He is adjunct professor of Screen Studies and is affiliated with the program in Comparative Literature.
Current Research and Teaching
Dr. Spingler's special areas of research and teaching are French theater and film, comparative drama, and the city as theater. He has written about 17th- and 20th-century theatre and is presently completing a book about Moliére. Michael has been a regular part of the team that teaches The National Imagination, and he is particularly interested in the myths, narratives, and dramatic forms through which a culture represents itself to others and to its own members.
Molière Today . Editor, Special issue of Contemporary Theatre Review. Vol. 6. Fall 1997 (parts 1 and 2) Includes introductory essay, pp. 1-11.
"Fallen First." (review essay on Camus' The First Man) Socialism and Democracy. Vol. 10, No. 1, Summer 1996. pp. 137-143.
"The Actor and the Statue: Space, Time, and Court Performance in Moliere's Don Juan." Comparative Drama Winter 1991-1992. pp. 351-368