Assistant Professor, English
Publications and Further Research Outputs
'The Have Risen Once: They May Rise Again": Animals in Horror Fictiion in, editor(s)Laura Kremmel and Kevin Corstorphine , The Handbook to Horrror Literature, New York, Palgrave Macmillan, 2018, [Bernice M. Murphy]
Twenty-First Century Popular Fiction , Bernice M. Murphy and Stephen Matterson (editors), 1st, Edinburgh, Edinburgh University Press, 2018
'We Will Have a Happy Marriage if It Kills Him": Gillian Flynn and the Rise of Domestic Noir in, editor(s)Bernice M. Murphy and Stephen Matterson , Twenty-First Century Popular Fiction, Edinburgh, Edinburgh University Press, 2018, pp158 - 169, [Bernice M. Murphy]
'Changing the Story': Popular Fiction Today in, editor(s)Bernice M. Murphy and Stephen Matterson , Twenty-First Century Popular Fiction, Edinburgh, Edinburgh University Press, 2018, pp1 - 9, [Bernice M. Murphy and Stephen Matterson]
'We Needed to Get a Lot of White Collars Dirty"" Apocalypse as Opportunity in Max Brook's World War Z" in, editor(s)Bernice M. Murphy and Stephen Matterson , Twenty-First Century Popular Fiction, Edinburgh, Edinburgh University Press, 2018, pp193 - 205, [Bernice M. Murphy]
Bernice M. Murphy and Edwina Keown, "Uncanny Irish-American Relations: Elizabeth Bowen and Shirley Jackson", The Green Book: Writings on Irish Gothic, Supernatural and Fantastic Literature , (9), 2017, p57 - 84
White Settlers and Windigoes: Teaching Monstrosity Within the American Gothic Narrative in, editor(s)Adam Golub and Heather Hayton , Monsters in the Classroom, North Carolina, McFarland, 2017, pp114 - 128, [Bernice M. Murphy]
Bernice M. Murphy, Key Concepts in Popular Fiction, 1st, Edinburgh, Edinburgh University Press, 2017, 1 - 150pp
Bernice M. Murphy, 'Wheels of Tragedy': Death on the Highways in Carnival of Souls and the Highway Horror Film, Forum: University of Edinburgh Postgraduate Journal of Culture and the Arts, 24, 2017, p1-12
'Girl Anachronism: We have Always Lived in the Castle and the Depiction of Adolescent Psychosis in Excision (2012) and Stoker (2013)' in, editor(s)Melanie Anderson and Lisa Kroger , Shirley Jackson: Influences and Confluences , London, Routledge, 2016, pp183 - 200, [Bernice M. Murphy]
, 'Horror Fiction From the Decline of Universal Horror to the Rise of the Psycho Killer' in, editor(s)Xavier Aldana Reyes , Horror: A Literary History, London, British Library, 2016, [Bernice M. Murphy]
Cities of the Insane: The Asylum as Ruin in Recent American Horror Narratives' in, editor(s)Dara Downey, Ian Kinane and Elizabeth Parker , Landscapes of Liminality , London, Rowman and Littlefield , 2016, pp49 - 70, [Dr Bernice M. Murphy]
"It's Not the House That's Haunted": Demons, Debt and the Family in Peril in Recent Horror Cinema in, editor(s)Murray Leeder , Cinematic Ghosts: Haunting and Spectrality from Silent Cinema to the Digital Era, London/New York, Bloomsbury Academic, 2015, pp235 - 253, [Bernice M. Murphy]
Bernice M. Murphy, The Highway Horror Film, Basingstoke, Palgrave Macmillan, 2014, 1 - 144pp
Bernice M. Murphy, The Rural Gothic in American Popular Culture: Backwoods Horror and Terror in the Wilderness., 1st, Basingstoke, Palgrave Macmillan , 2013, 1 - 257pp
The Beautiful Stranger and the Inconceivable Alien: The Body Replacement Narrative in 1950s American Science Fiction. in, editor(s)Darryl Jones and Gerald Dawe , Beautiful Strangers: Ireland and the World of the 1950s, Dublin, Four Courts Press, 2013, pp113 - 131, [Bernice M. Murphy]
"Identical Boxes Spreading Like Gangrene": Defining the Suburban Gothic in, editor(s)Charles Crow , A Companion to American Gothic, Chichester, John Wiley and Sons, 2013, [Bernice M. Murphy]
'Children Misbehaving in the Walls!' Or, Wes Craven's Suburban Family Values in, editor(s)Sue Zlosnik and Agnes Andeweg , Gothic KInship, Manchester, Manchester Univesity Press, 2013, [Bernice M. Murphy]
Bernice M. Murphy, "How Will I Explain Why We Live Behind a Wall?" La Zona (2007) as Suburban Gothic Narrative., ILHA do DESTERRO: A Journal of English Language, Literatures in English and Cultural Studies, 62, 2012
Bernice M. Murphy, Elizabeth McCarthy, Darryl Jones, IT Came From the 1950s: Popular Culture, Popular Anxieties, 1st, London, Palgrave Macmillan, 2011, 256pp
"Imitations of Life: Zombies and the Suburban Gothic" in, editor(s)Sarah Lauro and Deborah Christie , "Better Off Dead": The Evolution of the Zombie as Post Human, New York, Fordham University Press, 2011, pp216 - 239, [Bernice M. Murphy]
"All that Zombies Allow: Reimagining the 1950s in Fido and Far From Heaven" in, editor(s)Darryl Jones, Elizabeth McCarthy and Bernice M, Murphy , It Came From the 1950s! Popular Culture, Popular Anxieties, Basingstoke, Palgrave Macmillan, 2011, pp216 - 234, [Bernice M. Murphy]
"Hideous Doughnuts and Haunted Housewives: Gothic Undercurrents in Shirley Jackson's Domestic Fiction" in, editor(s)Helen Conrad O'Brien and Julie Anne Stevens , A Ghostly Genre: Essays on Short Supernatural Fiction, Dublin, Four Courts, 2010, pp229 - 251, [Bernice M. Murphy]
Bernice M.Murphy, The Suburban Gothic in American Popular Culture, First, London, Palgrave Macmillan, 2009, 1 - 236pp
"I Am God": The Domineering Patriarch in Shirley Jackson's Gothic Fiction in, editor(s)Ruth Anolik , Horrific Sex: Essays on Sexual Differemce in Gothic Literature, North Carolina, McFarland, 2007, pp135 - 150, [Bernice M. Murphy]
"Dead Ends: The Decline of the recent American Horror Movie" in, editor(s)Kate Hebblethwaite and Elizabeth McCarthy , Fear: Essays on the Meaning and Experience of Fear, Dublin, Four Courts, 2007, pp188 - 200, [Bernice M.Murphy]
The Irish Journal of Horror and Gothic Studies, 1, (2006), Bernice M. Murphy and Elizabeth McCarthy, [eds.]
Editor: Bernice M. Murphy, Shirley Jackson: Essays on the Literary Legacy, 1, North Carolina, McFarland and Company, 2005, 1 - 303pp
Bernice M. Murphy, 'Girl Trouble: The Blackcoat's Daughter', Review of The Blackcoat's Daughter, Horror Homeroom, 2017
Bernice M. Murphy, Death on the Roads: Defining the Highway Horror Film, 2017, -
Bernice M. Murphy , 'The Last Broadcast: Christine and Carnival of Souls', Review of Christine (2016), Horror Homeroom, 2017
Lost Souls of Horror and the Gothic: Fifty-Four Neglected Authors, Actors, Artists and Others , Bernice M. Murphy and Elizabeth McCarthy (Editors), 1st, North Carolina, McFarland, 2016, 1 - 248pp
Bernice M. Murphy, ''Short, Sharp Shocks'', The Stinging Fly Winter 2016-17: Fear and Fantasy Issue, Ireland, 2016, 86 - 89
'You Mean they Ate Each Other Up?' The Shining as Wendigo Narrative. in, editor(s)Danel Olson , The Shining: Studies in the Horror Film, Centipede Press, 2015, [Bernice M. Murphy]
Bernice M. Murphy, Good Grief: Bereavement and the Horror Film, 2015, -
Bernice M. Murphy, "The Suburban Gothic in CInema: Top 10", 2015, -
Beaumont, Charles, The Hunger and Other Stories, 2013, -
Bernice M. Murphy, Citadel: Review and Interview with Ciaran Foy., The Green Book: Writings on Irish Gothic, Supernatural and Fantastic Literature, 1, (1), 2013, p82 - 89
"Never Take a Psychic to a Bad Place" The Haunted House in Modern American Fiction in, editor(s)Claire Whitehead , Critical Insights: The Fantastic, EBSCO, 2012, [Bernice Murphy]
Bernice M. Murphy, "The Dead Arose and Appeared to many": The Unstoppable Rise of Zombie Lit, Trinity Literary Review, 1, (1), 2012, p37 - 43
Bernice M. Murphy, Road Trips to the End of the World, 2012, -
"Shaggy Dog Stories: Jonathan Carroll's White Apples as Unconventional After Life Fantasy" in, editor(s)Danel Olson , Twenty-First Century Gothic, Scarecrow Press, 2010, pp584 - 600, [Bernice M. Murphy]
"You Space Bastard! You Killed my Pines!" Back to The Future, Nostalgia and the Suburban Dream." in, editor(s)Sorcha Ni Fhlainn , It's About Time: Essays on Back to The Future, North Carolina, McFarland, 2010, [Bernice M. Murphy]
"Stephen King", Wanda and James Giles, The Dictionary of Literary Biography: American popular fiction writers, 350, BCL, 2009, pp176 - 193, [Bernice M. Murphy]
"American Parricide: Murderous Children in the Work of Shirley Jackson and Lionel Shriver" in, editor(s)Sorcha Ni Fhlainn , Conference Proceedings for the Fourth Annual Conference on Monsters and the Monstrous, Oxford, Interdisciplinary Press E-Book, 2009, pp200 - 210, [Bernice M. Murphy]
"Who Am I When I Am Transported: Post-Colonialism in Peter Carey's Jack Maggs", Ian MacKean, The Essentials of Modern Literature in English, Post-1914, London, Hodder Arnold, 2004, [Bernice M. Murphy]
DescriptionAt the moment, my research is very historically grounded and mainly focuses on the significance of place and space in American horror and gothic narratives. In 2009 I published a book which defined and outlined 'The Suburban Gothic', and I am currently revising for publication a mongraph on the relationship between horror and the wilderness/rural landscape in American horror and gothic narratives. Another major research interest is the writer Shirley Jackson. I wrote my PhD on her fiction, edited a collection of essays about her work, and have published several book chapters on her writing. My more general research interests include: Twentieth-and twenty-first century American popular literature and culture, the literary, cultural and historical contexts of American society during the 1950s,and Supernatural literature. I have published many articles and reviews on topics related to American horror, and also have a strong interest in classic American literature.
- Key Concepts in Contemporary Popular Fiction
- This short introduction to key concepts and terms within contemporary popular fiction studies for Edinburgh University Press was published in January 2017. The book is particularly targeted at undergraduate and postgraduate students.
- The Highway Horror Film
- I have recently completed a short monograph for the Palgrave Pivot series. There is an increasing interest in the relationship between space/environment and the individual in relation to horror and gothic studies. I argue that the anxieties articulated in the 'Highway Horror Film' reflect profound unease about the impact that the rapid transformation of American society in the years following World War II had upon both the individual and society at large.
- Date From
- June 2013
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- December 2013
- The Rural Gothic in American Popular Culture: Backwoods Horror and Terror in the Wilderness,
- This monograph examines the role that rural surroundings/the wilderness play in American Horror and Gothic narratives from the beginning of European settlement to the present day. The book is was published in October 2013.
- Funding Agency
- Trinity Arts and Social Sciences Benefaction Fund
- Date From
- January 2010
- Date To
- April 2013
- Lost Souls: Horror and the Gothic Genres Forgotten and Neglected Personages
- Along with Elizabeth McCarthy, I am currently editing this essay collection, which consists of 60 short essays on neglected and forgotten figures who have made an under appreciated contribution to the horror and Gothic genres. The book will be published by McFarland in 2016.
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'Plague Narratives in American Popular Culture' at BASS/IAAS Joint Conference, Queen's University Belfast.
"You're Next: The Home Invasion Narrative in Recent American Horror Cinema" IAAS Conference, TCD.
"The Pit Wants What it Wants: Ritual and Human Sacrifice in the American Rural Gothic". "Locating the Gothic": Limerick Institute of Technology.
'Cities of the Insane': The Asylum as Ruin in Recent American Horror. Keynote Address, Between Places and Spaces: Landscapes of Liminality Conference, Trinity College Dublin.
"The Worms are Coming Up the Stairs!" Understanding the 1970s Eco-Horror Film. International Gothic Association, Biannual Conference 2013, University of Surrey.
"This Inhuman Place makes Human Monsters": Stephen King's The Shining as Wendigo Story. Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association Annual Conference, Boston, USA.
"The Master of Post-Literate Prose?" Stephen King's Bad Writing. (Keynote Address), "Bad Writing: A Symposium on Literature and Value", King's College London.
"Nature is Satan's Church: Lars Von Trier's Antichrist and the Origins of the American Gothic" International Gothic Association, Tenth Biennial Conference, University of Hiedelberg, Germany, 2011.
"Ghost Estates and Zombie Hotels: The Irish Suburban Gothic" Delivered at "Wales, Ireland and Popular Fiction". Cardiff University, Wales.
"Welcome to Disturbia: Defining the Suburban Gothic" Urban Gothic: Haunted Cities, Spectral Traces Liverpool John Moores University
"Selling the American Nightmare: Estate Agents and the Suburban Gothic" (IGA) International Gothic Association Biannual Conference Lancaster University
"Hideous Doughnuts and Haunted Housewives": Gothic Undercurrents in Shirley Jackson's Domestic Fiction. A Ghostly Genre: One Day Conference, TCD.
"Invitations to Hell: Wes Craven's Suburban Nightmares" delivered at: New Nightmares: Issues and Themes in Contemporary Horror Cinema, Manchester Metropolitan University.
"All that Zombies Allow"; Re-imagining the 1950s in Fido and Far From Heaven. Presented at "IT came from the 1950s! Popular Culture, Popular Anxieties" TCD, MAY 2008.
"The Land is Haunted Because it is Stolen": Jay Anson's The Amityville Horror and the Suburban Gothic. Delivered at the "Global Gothic" Symposium, Stirling University, Scotland.
"But Would You Let Your Sister Marry One?": Richard Matheson's Suburban Gothic. Delivered at the International Gothic Association biannual conference, The University of Provence, France.
"Conjure Wife: The Suburban Witch". TCD Graduate Research Seminar.
"American Parricide: Murderous Children in the work of Shirley Jackson and Lionel Shriver". Delivered at: Monsters and the Monstrous: Myths and Metaphors of Enduring Evil. Mansfield College, Oxford.
"Dead End: Why Modern Horror isn't Scary Anymore". Delivered at Fear: An Interdisciplinary Conference, Trinity College, Dublin.
"American Parricide: Murderous Children in the work of Shirley Jackson and Lionel Shriver". Delivered at the IAAS annual conference, Queen's University, Belfast.
"It's Going to be a Long Wait": Satirising the Apocalypse in Shirley Jackson's The Sundial. Delivered at the IAAS annual conference, University College Cork.
Awards and Honours
IRCHSS Government of Ireland Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship
Leverhulme Post-Doctoral Fellowship (declined in favour of IRCHSS fellowship)
Trinity College Postgraduate Award
Member of the Irish Association of American Studies, Secretary of the NAES (National Association of English Studies), Member of the Popular Culture Association
Member of the British Association of American Studies (BAAS)