Bernice Murphy
Assistant Professor, English

Publications and Further Research Outputs

Peer-Reviewed Publications

Twenty-First Century Popular Fiction , Bernice M. Murphy and Stephen Matterson (editors), 1st, Edinburgh, Edinburgh University Press, 2018 Book, 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] Book Chapter, 2018

'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] Book Chapter, 2018

'We Needed to Geta 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] Book Chapter, 2018

'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] Book Chapter, 2018

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] Book Chapter, 2017

Bernice M. Murphy and Edwaina Keown, "Uncanny Irish-American Relations: Elizabeth Bowen and Shirley Jackson", The Green Book: Writings on Irish Gothic, Supernatural and Fantastic Literature , (9), 2017 Journal Article, 2017

Bernice M. Murphy, Key Concepts in Popular Fiction, 1st, Edinburgh, Edinburgh University Press, 2017, 1 - 150pp Book, 2017

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 Journal Article, 2017

'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] Book Chapter, 2016

, '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] Book Chapter, 2016

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] Book Chapter, 2016

"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] Book Chapter, 2015

Bernice M. Murphy, The Highway Horror Film, Basingstoke, Palgrave Macmillan, 2014, 1 - 144pp Book, 2014

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] Book Chapter, 2013

Bernice M. Murphy, The Rural Gothic in American Popular Culture: Backwoods Horror and Terror in the Wilderness., 1st, Basingstoke, Palgrave Macmillan , 2013, 1 - 257pp Book, 2013

"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] Book Chapter, 2013

'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] Book Chapter, 2013

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 Journal Article, 2012

"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] Book Chapter, 2011

"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] Book Chapter, 2011

Bernice M. Murphy, Elizabeth McCarthy, Darryl Jones, IT Came From the 1950s: Popular Culture, Popular Anxieties, 1st, London, Palgrave Macmillan, 2011, 256pp Book, 2011

"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] Book Chapter, 2010

Bernice M.Murphy, The Suburban Gothic in American Popular Culture, First, London, Palgrave Macmillan, 2009, 1 - 236pp Book, 2009

"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] Book Chapter, 2007

"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] Book Chapter, 2007

The Irish Journal of Horror and Gothic Studies, 1, (2006), Bernice M. Murphy and Elizabeth McCarthy, [eds.] Journal, 2006 URL

Editor: Bernice M. Murphy, Shirley Jackson: Essays on the Literary Legacy, 1, North Carolina, McFarland and Company, 2005, 1 - 303pp Book, 2005

Non-Peer-Reviewed Publications

Bernice M. Murphy, 'Girl Trouble: The Blackcoat's Daughter', Review of The Blackcoat's Daughter, Horror Homeroom, 2017 Review, 2017

Bernice M. Murphy, Death on the Roads: Defining the Highway Horror Film, 2017, - Miscellaneous, 2017

Bernice M. Murphy , 'The Last Broadcast: Christine and Carnival of Souls', Review of Christine (2016), Horror Homeroom, 2017 Review, 2017

Bernice M. Murphy, ''Short, Sharp Shocks'', The Stinging Fly Winter 2016-17: Fear and Fantasy Issue, Ireland, 2016, 86 - 89 Fiction and creative prose, 2016

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 Book, 2016

Bernice M. Murphy, "The Suburban Gothic in CInema: Top 10", 2015, - Miscellaneous, 2015

'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] Book Chapter, 2015

Bernice M. Murphy, Good Grief: Bereavement and the Horror Film, 2015, - Miscellaneous, 2015

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 Review Article, 2013

Beaumont, Charles, The Hunger and Other Stories, 2013, - Miscellaneous, 2013

"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] Book Chapter, 2012

Bernice M. Murphy, Road Trips to the End of the World, 2012, - Miscellaneous, 2012

Bernice M. Murphy, "The Dead Arose and Appeared to many": The Unstoppable Rise of Zombie Lit, Trinity Literary Review, 1, (1), 2012, p37 - 43 Review Article, 2012 URL

"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] Book Chapter, 2010

"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] Book Chapter, 2010

"Stephen King", Wanda and James Giles, The Dictionary of Literary Biography: American popular fiction writers, 350, BCL, 2009, pp176 - 193, [Bernice M. Murphy] Item in dictionary or encyclopaedia, etc, 2009

"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] Book Chapter, 2009

"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] Item in dictionary or encyclopaedia, etc, 2004

Research Expertise

Description

At 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.

Projects

  • Title
    • Key Concepts in Contemporary Popular Fiction
  • Summary
    • I am currently working on a short introduction to key concepts and terms within contemporary popular fiction studies for Edinburgh University Press. The book is particularly targeted at undergraduate and postgraduate students. Projected publication date: 2016
  • Title
    • The Highway Horror Film
  • Summary
    • 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
  • Date To
    • December 2013
  • Title
    • The Rural Gothic in American Popular Culture: Backwoods Horror and Terror in the Wilderness,
  • Summary
    • 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
  • Title
    • Lost Souls: Horror and the Gothic Genres Forgotten and Neglected Personages
  • Summary
    • 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.
  • Date To
    • 2016

Keywords

American literature; Gothic Fiction; Horror; Popular Literature; Suburbia; The American Gothic

Recognition

Representations

'Plague Narratives in American Popular Culture' at BASS/IAAS Joint Conference, Queen's University Belfast. 7th April 2016

"You're Next: The Home Invasion Narrative in Recent American Horror Cinema" IAAS Conference, TCD. April 24th 2015

"The Pit Wants What it Wants: Ritual and Human Sacrifice in the American Rural Gothic". "Locating the Gothic": Limerick Institute of Technology. 24th October 2014

'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. June 6th 2014

"The Worms are Coming Up the Stairs!" Understanding the 1970s Eco-Horror Film. International Gothic Association, Biannual Conference 2013, University of Surrey. August 8th 2013

"This Inhuman Place makes Human Monsters": Stephen King's The Shining as Wendigo Story. Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association Annual Conference, Boston, USA. 14th April 2012

"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. 30th September 2011

"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. 3rd August 2011

"Ghost Estates and Zombie Hotels: The Irish Suburban Gothic" Delivered at "Wales, Ireland and Popular Fiction". Cardiff University, Wales. 24th September 2010

"Welcome to Disturbia: Defining the Suburban Gothic" Urban Gothic: Haunted Cities, Spectral Traces Liverpool John Moores University 24th April 2010

"Selling the American Nightmare: Estate Agents and the Suburban Gothic" (IGA) International Gothic Association Biannual Conference Lancaster University 23rd July 2009

"Hideous Doughnuts and Haunted Housewives": Gothic Undercurrents in Shirley Jackson's Domestic Fiction. A Ghostly Genre: One Day Conference, TCD. November 2008

"Invitations to Hell: Wes Craven's Suburban Nightmares" delivered at: New Nightmares: Issues and Themes in Contemporary Horror Cinema, Manchester Metropolitan University. 4th April 2008:

"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. May 16th 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. December 1st 2007

"Conjure Wife: The Suburban Witch". TCD Graduate Research Seminar. 31st October 2007

"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. 28th June 2007

"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. 19th September 2006:

"Dead End: Why Modern Horror isn't Scary Anymore". Delivered at Fear: An Interdisciplinary Conference, Trinity College, Dublin. 19th May 2006:

"American Parricide: Murderous Children in the work of Shirley Jackson and Lionel Shriver". Delivered at the IAAS annual conference, Queen's University, Belfast. 1st April 2006:

"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. 23rd April 2005

Awards and Honours

IRCHSS Government of Ireland Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship October 2006

Leverhulme Post-Doctoral Fellowship (declined in favour of IRCHSS fellowship) May 2006

Trinity College Postgraduate Award 2002, 2003.

Memberships

Member of the Irish Association of American Studies, Secretary of the NAES (National Association of English Studies), Member of the Popular Culture Association 2003 – Present

Member of the British Association of American Studies (BAAS)