Dr Erin Mercer PhD, MA, Hons, BA, AssocDeg

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Lecturer

School of English & Media Studies

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Professional

Professional Biography

Erin teaches and researches in American literature, New Zealand literature, drama, and literary genre, particularly gothic, fantasy and realism. She gained a degree in performance from the American Academy of Dramatic Arts and worked as a performer in New York before completing a double major BA in English and Theatre at the University of Otago and postgraduate studies in literature at Victoria University of Wellington. She taught both drama and literature at Victoria University before taking up a position at Massey in the English programme where she teaches courses on New Zealand and American literature, the Victorian Novel, as well as coordinating Introduction to English Studies. In 2014 Erin received a Special Commendation in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences Teaching Excellence Awards. 

Erin is the author of Repression and Realism in Post-War American Literature (Palgrave 2011), In Johnsonville or Geraldine: An Introduction to New Zealand Literature (Pearson 2013) and the forthcoming Telling the Real Story: Genre and New Zealand Literature (Victoria University Press 2015). Her research has also appeared as book chapters and as articles in the Journal of Commonwealth Literature, the Journal of New Zealand Literature, and the Journal of New Zealand Studies, among others. Erin is the New Zealand Deputy Officer for the Gothic Association of New Zealand and Australia (GANZA) and is an editor for New Zealand literature for the online Literary Encyclodpedia.

Qualifications

  • Doctor of Philosophy in Literature - Victoria University of Wellington (2011)
  • Master of Arts in Literature (with Distinction) - Victoria University of Wellington (2006)
  • First Class Honours - Victoria University of Wellington (2005)
  • Bachelor of Arts in English and Theatre - Otago University (2004)
  • Associates Degree in Performance - The American Academy of Dramatic Arts (1998)

Research Expertise

Research Interests

Twentieth-century and contemporary American and New Zealand literature, genre (particularly realism, fantasy and Gothic), Beat literature, New Zealand literary nationalism, the work of Vladimir Nabokov, the uncanny and psychoanalytic theory.

Thematics

21st Century Citizenship

Area of Expertise

Field of Research Codes
Languages, Communication And Culture (200000): Literary Studies (200500): Literary Theory (200525): New Zealand Literature (excl. Maori Literature) (200505): North American Literature (200506)

Keywords

Twentieth-century and contemporary American and New Zealand literature, with a focus on genre, particularly Gothic and realism.

Research Outputs

Journal

Mercer, ES. (2014). “‘A deluge of shrieking unreason’: Supernaturalism and Settlement in New Zealand Gothic Fiction.”. M/C Journal.
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Mercer, ES. (2014). “‘Manuka bushes covered with thick spider webs’: Katherine Mansfield and the Colonial Gothic Tradition.”. Journal of New Zealand Literature.
[Journal article]Authored by: Mercer, E.

Mercer, ES. (2013). Slumming among the gravestones: Elizabeth Knox's daylight and the New Zealand canon. Journal of New Zealand Literature. , 130-149
[Journal article]Authored by: Mercer, E.
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Mercer, ES. (2013). The great unread New Zealand novel: David Ballantyne's Sydney Bridge Upside Down.. The Journal of Commonwealth Literature. 48(3), 339-409
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Mercer, ES. (2012). War, Homecoming and Genre: John Mulgan's man alone and Jack Kerouac's on the road.". Journal of New Zealand Studies. , 77-88
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Mercer, ES. (2010). "As Real as the Spice Girls": Representing Identity in Twenty-first Century New Zealand Literature.. Journal of New Zealand Studies. , 99-114 Retrieved from http://www.victoria.ac.nz/stout-centre/research/journals
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Mercer, ES. (2010). Automatons and the Atomic Abyss: The Naked and the Dead. The Mailer Review. 4(1), 471-482 Retrieved from http://normanmailersociety.org/the-mailer-review/
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Mercer, ES. (2010). Monstrous identities: Critical realism and gothic fantasy in Maurice Gee's the fire-raiser. The Journal of Commonwealth Literature. 45(1), 23-35 Retrieved from http://jcl.sagepub.com/
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Mercer, ES. (2009). Frae ghosties and ghoulies deliver us: Keri Hulme's the bone people and the Bicultural Gothic. Journal of New Zealand Literature. , 111-130 Retrieved from http://www.waikato.ac.nz/wfass/jnzl/
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Mercer, ES. (2009). “Contagious: Cultures, Carriers, and the Outbreak Narrative.”. Australasian Journal of American Studies. 28(2), 83-85
[Book Review]Authored by: Mercer, E.

Mercer, ES. (2010). “Performing Aotearoa: New Zealand Theatre and Drama in an Age of Transition.”. Illusions: Moving Image and Performing Arts Criticism. , 48-51
[Book Review]Authored by: Mercer, E.

Book

Mercer, ES.(2013). In Johnsonville or Geraldine: An introduction to New Zealand literature. Auckland, New Zealand: Pearson
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Mercer, ES.(2011). Repression and realism in post-war American literature. New York: Palgrave Macmillan
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Mercer, ES. (2009). Urban spaces, hybrid faces: Rethinking identity in Paula Morris's Hibiscus Coast. In A. Jackson, & J. Stafford (Eds.) Floating Worlds: Essays on Contemporary New Zealand Fiction. (pp. 124 - 141). Wellington: Victoria University Press
[Chapter]Authored by: Mercer, E.

Thesis

Mercer, ES."Repression and Realism in Postwar American Literature 1945-1955": A thesis submitted to Victoria University of Wellington in fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy in English.. (Doctoral Thesis)
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Conference

Mercer, ES. (2013, February). Manuka bushes covered with thick spider webs’: Katherine Mansfield as a Gothic writer. Presented at Katherine Mansfield: Masked and Unmasked. Victoria University of Wellington.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Mercer, E.
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Mercer, ES. (2012, January). “Frank Sargeson, Gothic, and the Problem of Evil”. Presented at Gothic Antipodes: An Interdisciplinary Conference. Auckland.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Mercer, E.
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Mercer, ES. (2012, December). This Unspeakable Evasion: Saul Bellow and the Holocaust. Presented at The Limits of Responsibility: Histories, Species, Politics. Massey University, Palmerston North.
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Mercer, ES. (2011, September). "Genre and Colonial Identity in Jack Kerouac's 'On the Road' and John Mulgan's 'Man Alone'. Presented at "Man Alone". Stout Centre for New Zealand Research.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Mercer, E.
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Mercer, ES. (2010, June). "Critical Realism and Gothic Fantasy in New Zealand Children's Fiction". Presented at Symposium: Children and Young Adults Literature in New Zealand. Victoria University.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Mercer, E.
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Mercer, ES. (2009, September). Performing self: Identity in recent New Zealand fiction and theatre. Presented at Antipodes: New Directions in New Zealand History and Culture. Stout Centre for New Zealand Research.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Mercer, E.
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Mercer, ES. (2008, July). “Don’t Mention the War: The Uncanny and Norman Mailer’s 'The Naked and the Dead'”. Presented at Australian and New Zealand American Studies Association conference. University of Sydney.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Mercer, E.
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Mercer, ES. (2008, December). “Frae ghosties an ghoulies deliver us”: Gothic Horror in Keri Hulme’s 'the bone people'. Presented at Flogging a Dead Horse: Are National Literatures Dead?. Stout Centre for New Zealand Research.
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Supervision and Teaching

Teaching

Erin has supervised research projects focusing on New Zealand literature and drama, Gothic, science fiction and post-apocalyptic fiction.

Papers Coordinated

  • 139.139 Introduction to English Studies
  • 139.253 The American Short Story
  • 139.307 The Victorian Novel: Territory, Modernity, Settlement

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