Stephanie Merrim

Stephanie Merrim

Royce Family Professor of Comparative Literature and Hispanic Studies
Phone: 401-863-3159
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Professor Merrim has research interests in colonial Latin American historiography, the Baroque, early modern women's writing, and contemporary North and South American literatures.


Professor Merrim came to Brown University in 1981; she has held a tenured position at Princeton University. At Brown, 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. Her most recent book, THE SPECTACULAR CITY, MEXICO, AND COLONIAL HISPANIC LITERARY CULTURE received the Katherin Singer Kovacs Prize from the Modern Language Association for an outstanding wok in Hispanic Studies. Previous books include EARLY MODERN WOMEN'S WRITING AND SOR JUANA INES DE LA CRUZ.


Professor Merrim's research deals with the early modern and modern periods, focusing on Latin America. She is presently completing a book on Carlos de Sigüenza y Góngora and 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, vol. 3. Eds. Mario J. Valdés and Djelal Kadir. New York: Oxford University Press, 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, Vol. I. Eds. Roberto González Echevarría and Enrique Pupo-Walker. Cambridge UP, 1996.

Feminist Perspectives on Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz. Detroit: Wayne State University Press, 200 pages, 1991. 2nd edition, 1999.


B.A. (Princeton University), Ph.D. (Yale University)


John Rowe Workman Award for Teaching Excellence in the Humanities, Brown University, 2006


New World historiography; seventeenth-century women's writing in English, Spanish, and French; contemporary and modern Latin American literatures; North and South American literatures; Existentialism; Mexican literature and intellectual history.