Professor Merrim came to Brown University in 1981 and is member of the Comparative Literature and Hispanic Studies departments. She teaches a variety of courses in early modern and twentieth-century literature. Her areas of specialization include: 16th-century New World historiography; the Baroque; 17th-century women's writing in Spanish, English, and French; contemporary North and South American literatures; Latin American existentialism. Her book, THE SPECTACULAR CITY, MEXICO, AND COLONIAL HISPANIC LITERARY CULTURE received the Katherine Singer Kovacs Prize from the Modern Language Association for an outstanding work in Hispanic Studies. Previous books include EARLY MODERN WOMEN'S WRITING AND SOR JUANA INES DE LA CRUZ.
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Professor Merrim's research deals with the early modern and modern periods, focusing on Latin America. She is presently working on Latin American existentialist fiction. Other major publications include the following:
The Spectacular City, Mexico, and Colonial Hispanic Literary Culture. Austin: University of Texas Press, 2010. Received the Modern Language Association Katherine Singer Kovacs Prize for an outstanding work in Hispanic Studies.
Entry on Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz in the Encyclopedia Britannica
"Spectacular Cityscapes of Baroque Spanish America." Literary Cultures of Latin America: A Comparative History. Eds. Mario J. Valdés and Djelal Kadir. Vol. 3. New York: Oxford UP, 2004: 31-57.
Early Modern Women's Writing and Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz . Nashville: Vanderbilt UP, 1999, 360 pp. (Published in Europe by the University of Liverpool Press).
"The First Fifty Years of Hispanic New World Historiography: The Caribbean, Mexico and Central America," The Cambridge History of Latin American Literature. Eds. Roberto González Echevarría and Enrique Pupo-Walker. Vol. 1. Cambridge UP, 1996.
Feminist Perspectives on Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz . Detroit: Wayne State University Press, 200 pages, 1991. Reprinted, 1999.