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Jeremiah Mercurio

Education and Experience

Before coming to St Andrews, Jeremiah Mercurio received his B.A. from Roanoke College in Salem, VA, and his M.A. from Temple University in Philadelphia, PA. His areas of specialization include: fin-de-siècle art and literature, especially the relationship between word and image and the use of fantastic modes in British literary Decadence; transatlantic studies, with an emphasis on the connection between European Decadence and Southern U.S. literature; gender and sexuality studies; and creative writing (fiction). He has presented papers and published articles on Max Beerbohm and the illustrated book, gender performance in Beerbohm and Kipling, and Decadent illustration. His Ph.D. thesis, entitled 'Fantasy as a Mode in British Literary Decadence, 1880-1920', explores the use of fantastic modes within the work of a number of British Decadent writers, including: Oscar Wilde, Vernon Lee (Violet Paget), Max Beerbohm, Aubrey Beardsley, Charles Ricketts, and Ernest Dowson.


'Max Beerbohm and the Art of Decadent Illustration', The Oscholars 4:11 (December 2007)

'Terminus', In/Vision (Spring 2005), pp. 50¿59

Conference Papers:

'The Art of Decadent Illustration', Century's End: Re-Evaluating Literature, Art, and Culture at the Fin de Siècle, Queens University, Belfast, September 2008

'Max Beerbohm and the Art of Decadent Illustration', Fin de Siècle Seminar Series, University of Oxford, October 2007

'Wearing the Self Wisely and Well: Max Beerbohm, Dandyism, and Performativity', (dis)junctions 2007: Malappropriation Nation (conference), University of California, Riverside, April 2007

'The Kantian Nabokov', National Undergraduate Literature Conference, Weber State University, April 2001


Jeremiah lectures on and serves as tutor for the sub-Honours module EN2004, Drama: Reading and Performance. He has also served (or is serving) as tutor for the following modules: EN1003, Ghosts and Doubles: An Introduction to Nineteenth- and Twentieth-Century Literature and EN1004, Explorers and Revolutionaries: Literature 1680-1830.

Jeremiah Mercurio



Literature and Art