Professor Merrim came to Brown University in 1981 and is a 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.