Stephanie Merrim

Professor of Comparative Literature
Professor of Hispanic Studies

Research Interests

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


Stephanie Merrim came to Brown University in 1981 and is a member of the Departments of Comparative Literature and Hispanic Studies. She teaches a variety of courses in early modern and 20th-century literature. Her book, The Spectacular City: Mexico and Colonial Hispanic Literary Culture (University of Texas Press, 2010). received the Katherine Singer Kovacs Prize from the Modern Language Association for an outstanding work in Hispanic Studies. She is also the author of Early Modern Women’s Writing and Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz (Vanderbilt University Press, 1999).