Sr. Mary Hotz

Sr. Mary Hotz
Phone: (619) 260-4576
Office: Founders Hall 171B

Associate Professor, English

  • PhD, University of Chicago
  • MA, University of Chicago
  • BA, College of St. Catherine, English

Sister Mary Hotz, a member of the Society of the Sacred Heart, came to USD in 1996. She received her PhD from The University of Chicago in 1997, with a concentration in Victorian literature. Her central interests include nineteenth-century British literature and culture, Native American literature, and the development of the novel. Her most recent project, Literary Remains: Representations of Death and Burial in Victorian England, explores the unexpectedly central role of death and burial in Victorian England by locating corpses at the center of a surprisingly extensive range of Victorian concerns: money and law, medicine and urban architecture, social planning and folklore, religion and national identity.

Scholarly Work

Selected Publications: 
- Literary Remains: Representations of Death and Burial in Victorian England. SUNY Press, 2009.
- Precious to Grace: Necessary Desolation in Pope's Eloisa to Abelard. Renascence, Volume 53, No. 3 (Spring 2001): 207-226.
- A Grave with No Name: Representations of Death in Elizabeth Gaskell's Mary BartonNineteenth-Century Studies, Volume 15 (2001): 37-56.
- Down Among the Dead: Edwin Chadwick and Burial Reform Discourse in Mid- Nineteenth-Century England. Victorian Literature and Culture, Volume 29, number 1 (2001): 21-38.
- Taught By Death What Life Should Be: Representation of Death in Elizabeth Gaskell's North and SouthStudies in the Novel, Volume 32, number 2 (Summer 2000): 165-184.

Areas of Interest

Sr. Hotz has long been interested in the range and intersection of materials produced by a culture. Literary texts, then, do not exist in isolation from the cultural context from which they emerge at the moment of production; they are texts among other texts that together create a nexus of meanings. This assumption informs Hotz's research and teaching of nineteenth-century British culture, the development of the novel, and American Indian literatures and cultures.