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Merrill Turner

Merrill Turner received her MA from McGill University, where she wrote a thesis on the early novels of Evelyn Waugh, and her PhD at Washington University in St. Louis.  Her dissertation argues that twentieth-century British biographical fictions renegotiate sexual and gender identities as a means of envisioning and creating a queer past.  Her research and teaching interests revolve around the modern and contemporary British novel, with particular attention paid to the midcentury; women's writing; the historical novel; and life writing more broadly. At Wash U and, before that, the Université de Haute Bretagne-Rennes II in France, Merrill taught courses on Virginia Woolf, British and American Modernisms, contemporary British fiction, and film studies.  Her scholarly articles on Woolf's To the Lighthouse and T. S. Eliot's French poetry have appeared in Modern Language Quarterly and Journal of Modern Literature.  Other writing has appeared in The New Yorker online and Le Monde.


    Ph.D. English and American Literature, Washington University in St. Louis

    A.M. English and American Literature, Washington University in St. Louis,

    M.A. English Literature, McGill University

    B.A. English Literature/French Studies, Rice University