Trinyan Paulsen Mariano

Assistant Professor
WMS 323
19th and 20th century American literature, culture, and history; African-American literature; law and literature; the novel

TRINYAN PAULSEN MARIANO, Assistant Professor, Ph.D., Rutgers University, J.D., Brigham Young University, studies and teaches American literature and culture from the Civil War though the mid-twentieth century. Her research interests include the novel, legal history, and narratives of extra-legal justice. She is currently working a book manuscript, Houses of Law, that charts literary representations of competing discourses of law and investigates the role that literature played in the post-Civil War development of tort law, segregation, and the right to privacy.


  • "The Law of Torts and the Logic of Lynching in Charles Chesnutt's The Marrow of Tradition." PMLA 128.3 (2013): 559-574.
  • "Legal Realism and the Rhetoric of Judicial Neutrality: Richard Wright's Challenge to American Jurisprudence." The British Journal of American Legal Studies 1.2 (2012): 467-516.


  • "Edith Wharton's Secret of Secrets: Mail, Blackmail, and the Discourse of Privacy," American Literature Association Conference, Boston, MA, May 2013.
  • "Imperium and Dominium: A Jurisprudential Approach to the Segregation Narrative," Northeast Modern Language Association Convention, New Brunswick, NJ, April 2011.
  • "Legal Realism and the Literary Archive," Association for the Study of Law, Culture, and the Humanities, Providence, RI, March 2010.
  • "'As You Sow, So Shall You Reap:' Compensatory Justice and the Logic of Lynching," Association for the Study of Law, Culture, and the Humanities Conference, Boston, MA, April 2009.