Trinyan Paulsen Mariano
TRINYAN PAULSEN MARIANO, Assistant Professor, Ph.D., Rutgers University, Newark; J.D., Brigham Young University, specializes in American literature and culture from the Revolution through the mid-twentieth century, with particular emphasis on the technologies through which fiction governs notions law and social justice. Among the courses she teaches are nineteenth- and twentieth-century literature, the novel, law and literature, and popular literary culture. Recently, her upper-division and graduate courses have focused on pursuing a coherent framework for understanding the segregation narrative. Her current research takes up the timely topic of (non)reparations for slavery, a project that intersects with New Southern and popular culture studies as it examines the many resources in legal signification generated by popular nineteenth-century southern plantation romance and contends that the romance took a prominent role in cognizing injury and obligation in ways that made reparations for slavery unthinkable.
WORKS IN PROGRESS
- The Lost Moment of Repair. 110,000-word book manuscript
- “Statutes of Repose and the Temporality of Obligation in Kate Chopin’s Louisiana Fiction.”
- “Romancing Injury: Judicial Distress and Expropriated Pain.”
- “Edith Wharton’s Secret of Secrets: Mail, Blackmail, and the Discourse of Privacy.”
- “Persons in the Balance: The Scale of Justice in Charles Chesnutt’s The Marrow of Tradition.” Chapter in Approaches to Teaching Charles W. Chesnutt, Susanna Ashton and Bill Hartwig, eds. Winter 2017 (Modern Language Association).
- “Fictions of Race and Personality: Nineteenth-Century Law and Mark Twain’s Pudd’nhead Wilson.” Chapter in Law and the Humanities, Nan Goodman and Simon Stern, eds. 2017 (Routledge).
- "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.
- “Time as a Unit of Justice in Kate Chopin’s At Fault.“ American Literature Association: San Francisco, CA. May 2018.
- “The Philosophical Basis of Privacy and the Violable Self in Nathanael Hawthorne's The Blithedale Romance.” Association for the Study of Law, Culture, and the Humanities: Palo Alto, CA. March 2018.
- “Transgenerational Geographies of Law in the Segregation Narrative,” Association for the Study of Law, Culture and the Humanities: Hartford, CT. Apr 2016.
- “Toni Morrison and the Labor of Community in Paradise.” Symposium on Literature, Labor, and the Law. John Jay College of Criminal Justice: New York, NY. Oct-Nov 2015. (Invited)
- "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 2013.
HONORS AND AWARDS
- Council on Research and Creativity Fellowship, Florida State University, 2014
- University Award for Excellence in Teaching, Rutgers University, 2009
- Mellon Foundation Fellow in Historical Interpretation, Rutgers University, 2008
- Mellon Foundation Summer Fellow, Princeton University, 2007
- Mellon Foundation Summer Fellow, Rutgers University, 2003-2004