Erin Mercer is a lecturer in the English programme at Massey University where she teaches and researches in American literature, New Zealand literature, drama, and literary genre, particularly gothic, fantasy and realism.
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.
ArticlesLike any genre or mode, the Gothic is malleable, changing according to time and place. This is particularly apparent when what is considered Gothic in one era is compared with that of another. The giant helmet that falls from the sky in Horace Walpole’s Castle of Otranto (1764) is a very different threat to the ravenous vampires that stalk the novels of Anne Rice, just as Ann...Read more