TEACHING

Andrew has directed postgraduate theses in the areas of Shakespeare studies, Renaissance literature and Irish literature.

PUBLICATIONS

Books

Shakespeare for the People: Working-class Readers, 1800-1900 (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2008) More information...

A Concise Companion to Shakespeare and the Text (Cambridge: Blackwell, 2007) More information...

Shakespeare and Scotland (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2005), with Willy Maley More information...

Shakespeare in Print: A History and Chronology of Shakespeare Publishing (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2003) More information...

The Renaissance Text: Theory, Editing, Textuality (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2000) More information...

But the Irish Sea Betwixt Us: Ireland, Colonialism, and Renaissance Literature (Lexington: University Press of Kentucky, 1999) More information...

Seamus Heaney (Tavistock: Northcote House, 1996; second edition 2000) More information...

 Shakespeare for the People: Working-class Readers, 1800-1900
  A Concise Companion to Shakespeare and the Text
  Shakespeare and Scotland
  Shakespeare in Print: A History and Chronology of Shakespeare Publishing
  The Renaissance Text: Theory, Editing, Textuality
  But the Irish Sea Betwixt Us: Ireland, Colonialism, and Renaissance Literature
  Seamus Heaney
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Prof Andrew Murphy

Education and Experience

Andrew Murphy attended Trinity College Dublin as an undergraduate and went on to study for his MA and PhD at Brandeis University in Boston in the US. He was a postdoctoral fellow and lecturer at the University of Hertfordshire before joining the School of English at St Andrews in 1998. He has published monographs on the Irish context of early modern English Literature; on the history of Shakespeare editing and publishing; and on nineteenth-century working class readers of Shakespeare. He has also published an introductory study of the poetry of Seamus Heaney. Edited collections include The Renaissance Text: Theory, Editing, Textuality; Shakespeare and Scotland; and A Concise Companion to Shakespeare and the Text. Currently he is working on a study of literacy and cultural nationalism in Ireland in the period 1790 to 1930, to be published by Cambridge University Press in 2017.

Research Interests

My interests are primarily in the fields of Shakespeare Studies and Irish Studies. I am interested specifically in the historical context of literature; theories of nationalism and how they relate to literature and culture; Irish culture, history and politics; the history of the book. I am also interested in film — and specifically in films of Shakespeare’s plays — and in the history of popular music. I am happy to supervise research in any of these areas. Former PhD students have worked on such topics as: Seamus Heaney’s poetics; the configuration and reception of Shakespeare’ sonnets; nationalism and early modern literature; film versions of Othello.

A podcast of my 2015 University College Dublin/Abbey Theatre Shakespeare lecture — ‘Acts of Rebellion: Shakespeare and the 1916 Rising’ — is available here

A podcast of a lecture entitled ‘Bringing the Nation to Book: Literacy and Irish Nationalism’ delivered at the Long Room Hub at Trinity College Dublin can be found here

PhD Supervision

Peter Sutton

Andrew Murphy

Contact information

Room: CH31
Phone: 2664
adm6@st-andrews.ac.uk

Consultation hours:
Semester 1 Tues 10-12 and by appointment

Research Profile on PURE

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