Prof Andrew Murphy
Education and Experience
I attended Trinity College Dublin as an undergraduate and went on to study for my MA and PhD at Brandeis University in Boston in the US. I was a postdoctoral fellow and lecturer at the University of Hertfordshire before joining the School of English at St Andrews in 1998. I have worked primarily in the fields of Shakespeare Studies and Irish Studies. My most recent book is a study of the history of Irish cultural nationalism: Ireland, Reading and Cultural Nationalism, 1790-1930: Bringing the Nation to Book, which will be published by Cambridge University Press later this year. Previous monographs include: Shakespeare for the People: Working-class Readers 1800-1900 (CUP, 2008); Shakespeare in Print: A History and Chronology of Shakespeare Publishing (CUP, 2003; second edition forthcoming 2019); But the Irish Sea Betwixt Us: Ireland, Colonialism, and Renaissance Literature (University Press of Kentucky, 1999). I served as the UK Associate Editor for the Cambridge Guide to the Worlds of Shakespeare (CUP, 2016).
In 2015, as part of the University College Dublin/Abbey Theatre Shakespeare programme, I gave a lecture which brings together the Shakespearean and Irish strands of my work: ‘Acts of Rebellion: Shakespeare and the 1916 Rising’ — a podcast of the lecture is available here.
The core argument of Ireland, Reading and Cultural Nationalism is mapped out in a lecture I delivered at the Long Room Hub at Trinity College Dublin -- podcast available here.
My primary interests are in the fields of Irish Studies and Shakespeare 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.
I am currently seconded from the School of English to serve as Director of the Graduate School at St Andrews and so am not involved in undergraduate teaching. I am, however, still accepting postgraduate students for supervision.