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.
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