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Mary Esteve, PhD

Associate Professor, English

Office: S-LB 685-7 
J.W. McConnell Building,
1400 De Maisonneuve Blvd. W.
Phone: (514) 848-2424 ext. 2347
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PhD, University of Washington, Comparative Literature

Research interests

Nineteenth- and twentieth-century American literature; urban literature; political, social, and critical theory. She is currently developing two research projects, one on narratives of redistribution in late-19th and early-20th century American literature, the other on the literary and cultural discourse of happiness and normativity in the mid-20th century. 

Co-editor of the online journal Post45 Peer Reviewed, 2010-2015.

Appointments and awards

Postdoctoral Fellow, Johns Hopkins University (1998-2000)
SSHRC Recipient (2005-2008)
Visiting Associate Professor, California Institute of Technology (2007-2008)

Selected publications


The Aesthetics and Politics of the Crowd in American Literature, Cambridge University Press, 2003


"The Idea of Happiness: Back to the Postwar Future," in Postmodern/Postwar--And After ed. Daniel Worden, Jason Gladstone, and Andrew Hoberek (forthcoming).

"Robinson's Crusoe: Housekeeping and Economic Form," Contemporary Literature 55 (2014).

“Queer Consumerism, Straight Happiness: Highsmith’s ‘Right Economy,’” Post45 Peer Reviewed (December, 2012).

“Postwar Pastoral: The Art of Happiness in Philip Roth,” in American Literature’s Aesthetic Dimensions, ed. Chris Looby & Cindy Weinstein (Columbia University Press, 2012).

“Shadow Economies: The Distribution of Wealth in and around Pudd’nhead Wilson,” ELH 78 (2011).

“Nature’s Naturalism,” American Literary History 20 (2008).

“Cosmopolis,” in A Concise Companion to American Fiction 1900-1950, ed. Peter Stoneley and Cindy Weinstein (Blackwell 2008).

"Shipwreck and Autonomy: Rawls, Riesman, and Oppen in the 1960s," Yale Journal of Criticism 18 (2005).

"Anerotic Excursions: Memory, Celibacy, and Desire in The American Scene," in Questioning the Master: Examinations of Sexual Ideology in the Writings of Henry James, ed. Peggy McCormack (U of Delaware P, 2000).

"Nella Larsen's 'Moving Mosaic': Harlem, Crowds, and Anonymity," American Literary History 9 (1997).

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