Marisa Mercurio

Gender, Sexuality, and Empire in 19th Century British Literature and the Gothic

Office: C739 Wells Hall

Marisa Mercurio (she/her or they/them) is a PhD student in the English department at Michigan State University. There, her research seeks to uncover the trajectory of female detective fiction from its roots in the Gothic through its fin de siècle boom. With a particular emphasis on queerness and empire, she hopes to illuminate the knotty constructions of Victorian identity we are still bound by today. She currently works at the Michigan State University Press as an editorial assistant, co-coordinates the Feminisms, Genders, Sexualities research workshop, and serves as the AEGS President.

In addition to creative writing, Marisa has recently written for World Literature TodaySublime Horror, and Ancillary Review of Books. Marisa is also the co-creator and co-host of the However Improbable podcast, a Sherlock Holmes book club that narrates and discusses the great detective. You can find her on Twitter @marmercurio or on WordPress.