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

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.

Research Interests

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.

Graduate School

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.

PhD Supervision

Peter Sutton

Andrew Murphy

Contact information

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

Consultation hours:
By appointment

Research Profile on PURE

School role

Director of the Graduate School