Murail Estelle

Posted on August 29, 2019


Research themes

  • literature
  • persistence
  • The city
  • Opium
  • Environmental humanities

Current Project

  • The representation of the soul in art and literature
  • The representation of opium in literature
  • The representation of the environment in literature


Research Supervision:   

  • Victorian literature
  • Representation of the city
  • Representation of the environment

Education and Academic Positions


I am currently a Senior Lecturer in English Literature and Culture at the Catholic University of Paris and an associate researcher and teacher at the Université Paris Cité, LARCA (CNRS UMR 8225). I completed a jointly-supervised PhD in Victorian literature at the Université Paris Diderot and King’s College London in 2013. My thesis, entitled  ‘Beyond the Flâneur: Walking, Passage and Crossing in London and Paris in the Nineteenth Century’, examined the figure of the urban stroller in London and Paris. I co-run the Victorian Persistence research group at the Université Paris Diderot. My current research focuses on nineteenth-century, neo-Victorian and postcolonial novels, urban spaces, crossings and networks, docklands, harbours and piers, the story of opium, and the notion of persistence.


Administrative Responsibilities

  • Coordinator of the “Victorian Persistence” seminar, LARCA UMR 8225
  • Coordinator of the « Environmental Humanities » seminar, LARCA
  • Head of department at the Catholic University of Paris
  • Head of the Master’s degree (MA) in Anglophone studies at the Catholic University of Paris
      • Estelle Murail, Sara Thornton (eds), Dickens and the Virtual City: Urban Perception and the Production of Social Space (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2017).
      • “A body passes by: The flâneur and the senses in nineteenth-century London and Paris,” The Senses and Society, Volume 12, 2017, Issue 2: The Senses and Urban Public Space.
      • “‘Du croisement de leurs innombrables rapports’: Baudelaire and De Quincey’s flâneurs,” in Klaus Benesch, François Specq (eds), Walking and the Aesthetics of Modernity: Pedestrian Mobility in Literature and the Arts (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2016).
      • “‘He crossed and re-crossed the way repeatedly’: illegible crossings in Poe’s ‘The Man of the Crowd.’” Cahiers victoriens et édouardiens, n°83, printemps 2016.
      • “The Flâneur’s Scopic Power or the Victorian Dream of Transparency,” Cahiers victoriens et édouardiens, n°77, avril 2013.

      >> Publications and Papers in the open archive HAL