Merve Emre

Contact Information
514-398-4400 Ext. 094741
Email address: 
merve.emre [at]

McGill University
Department of English
853 Sherbrooke Street West
Arts Building
Montreal, QC H3A 0G5 CANADA

Faculty Members
Assistant Professor

Ph.D., English, Yale University, 2015
M.Phil., English, Yale University, 2010
M.A., English, Yale University, 2010
B.A., Government, Harvard University, 2007

American Fiction
Contemporary Novel
Sociology of Reading
Sociology of Institutions
Selected publications: 


Paraliterary: The Making of Bad Readers in Postwar America (forthcoming from the University of  Chicago Press in Fall 2017)

What’s Your Type? The Secret History of Personality Testing (forthcoming from Doubleday US/Random House CA/HarperCollins UK in Spring 2018)

Peer Review Publications

“Reading for Action” (under review at PMLA)

“Paraliterary Institutions: Faulkner, Eisenhower, and the People-to-People-Initiative,” ELH (accepted; withdrawn for book publication)

“Out-of-the-Way Closets: Performing Race, Performing Genre in Kabnis,” Modern Drama (accepted; forthcoming December 2016)

“She’s Beautiful When She’s Angry,” Journal of American History, Vol. 102, Num. 3 (December 2015) (solicited)

“Ironic Institutions: Counterculture Fictions and the American Express Company,” American Literature, Vol. 87, Num. 1 (March 2015): 107-36.

“Jamesian Institutions,” American Literary History, Vol. 27, Num. 2 (Summer 2015) : 1-30.

Essays and Reviews

No Crisis” Coeditor, Los Angeles Review of Books, June 2014-January 2016

What’s Your Type?Digg, October 7, 2015.

Better Management Through Belles Lettres,” The Baffler, No. 29, Fall 2015.

The Slow Burn: Essays on Elena Ferrante,” Post45 Contemporaries, June 25, 2015; July 6, 2015; July 20, 2015; July 30, 2015; August 21, 2015; September 16, 2015.

Review: Dear Committee Members,” The Awl, August 19, 2014.

Against Friendship,” Los Angeles Review of Books, June 26, 2014.

MFA vs. NYC and Should I Go to Graduate School?,” The Billfold, May 15, 2014.

Building Stories,” The Point, Vol. 8, Summer 2014.

The Female Sociopath,” Digg, May 22, 2014.

Nothing is Alien: An Interview with Leslie Jamison,” The Paris Review, January 8, 2014.

On As I Lay Dying: An Interview with James Franco and Matt Rager,” Los Angeles Review of Books, October 26, 2013. 

Feeling Blue: On Abdellatif Kechiche’s Blue Is the Warmest Color,” Los Angeles Review of Books, October 25, 2013.

Speculative Evidence: Ben Urwand’s The Collaboration,The Millions, September 18, 2013.

Bureaucratic Heroism,” n+1, August 15, 2013.

Bloody Abroad,” Boston Review, first publication June 5, 2013; reprinted in Summer 2013 issue.

 “Spring Break Forever,” first publication in the Los Angeles Review of Books, March 25, 2013; reprinted in Salon, March 26, 2013.

The Queasy Question: On Rick Alverson’s The Comedy,” Los Angeles Review of Books, January 17, 2013

The Lost Novel: On Kerouac’s The Sea Is My Brother,” Los Angeles Review of Books, first publication May 20, 2013; reprinted in Los Angeles Review of Books Quarterly 1.1, September 2012

“Dave Eggers,” “Denis Johnson,” “Richard Powers,” “Thomas Pynchon,” “Ishmael Reed,” entries for American Literature and the World (ed. Wai Chee Dimock)

“The Economic Consequences of the Peace,” “The General Theory,” “J.M. Keynes and Artistic Conventions,” entries for The Modernism Lab (ed. Pericles Lewis)