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.

Secondment

I am currently seconded from the School of English to serve as Provost of St Leonard's College and Director of the Graduate School. For this reason, I am not at present involved in undergraduate teaching in the School of English. Prospective postgraduate students are still very welcome to contact me.

PhD Supervision

Peter Sutton

Andrew Murphy

Contact information

Room: E33, Bute Building
Phone: 2033 (direct) 2032 (Graduate School)
adm6@st-andrews.ac.uk

Consultation hours:
By appointment

Research Profile on PURE