Lyell Asher

Associate Professor of English

Miller 426, MSC: 58
Office Hours:

Spring 2024: Mondays 1:50-3:30 and Wednesdays 11:30-12:30.

Lyell Asher joined the department in 1994 and received his PhD from the University of Virginia in 1990.  Here at Lewis & Clark, he offers courses in Shakespeare’s Early Works, Later Works; Ideas of the Renaissance and Modernity; Renaissance Literature; The Art of the Novel; Major Periods and Issues; Montaigne and the Life of the Essay; The Novel and Moral Reflection.

His critical essays and opinion pieces have appeared in Christianity and Literature, The Yale Journal of Criticism, The Journal of the American Academy of Religion (AAR), Publication of the Modern Language Association (PMLA), Clio, English Literary History (ELH), Hamlet Studies, The Wall Street Journal, The American Scholar, Quillette, The Chronicle of Higher Education, and Canada’s National Post. His podcast appearances include the American Party podcast and NPR’s “Watching America,” among others.


Renaissance English Literature, Shakespeare

Academic Credentials

PhD 1990, MA 1984 University of Virginia

BA 1980 Vanderbilt University


Spring 2024:

ENG 105: The Art of the Novel

ENG 205: Literature in English: Medieval-18th Century

ENG 331: Shakespeare: Early Works

Location: Miller Hall