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Prof Andy Murphy B.A. (Dublin), M.A. and PhD. (Brandeis) F.T.C.D.1867 Professor of English; Head of Discipline

Research and Teaching Interests

I joined the School of English at Trinity in 2018, having worked for 20 years at the University of St Andrews in the UK.

My areas of specialism are primarily in the fields of Shakespeare Studies and Irish Studies. I have a particular interest in the reception and publishing of Shakespeare's work. In terms of Irish studies, I am interested in the history and politics of culture and, more specifically, in the relationship between culture and national identity. My two areas of interest come together in work I have done on the reception and appropriation of Shakespeare in Ireland.

I teach various modules relating to Shakespeare, including 'Shakespeare in Ireland', and I contribute to the Fresher module 'Irish Writing'.  

PhD Supervision

I welcome students working on any area of Shakespeare studies or Irish literature; early modern literature more generally; the history of the book; readerships and reception; the intersection of culture and politics; the history of popular music. Past PhD students have worked on such topics as eighteenth-century political appropriations of Ben Jonson; Seamus Heaney’s poetics; the configuration and reception of Shakespeare’s sonnets; nationalism and early modern literature; film versions of Othello.

Selected Publications

Authored books

  • Shakespeare in Print: A History and Chronology of Shakespeare Publishing (Cambridge University Press, 2nd edition 2021)
  • Ireland, Reading and Cultural Nationalism, 1790-1900: Bringing the Nation to Book (Cambridge University Press, 2018)
  • Shakespeare for the People: Working-class Readers 1800-1900 (Cambridge University Press, 2008)  
  • Seamus Heaney (Northcote House/Liverpool University Press, 3rd edition, 2010)
  • But the Irish Sea Betwixt Us: Ireland, Colonialism, and Renaissance Literature (University Press of Kentucky, 1999)

Edited Volumes

  • The Nation and British Literature and Culture (Cambridge University Press, forthcoming 2023)
  • A Concise Companion to Shakespeare and the Text (Blackwell/Wiley, 2007)
  • Shakespeare and Scotland (Manchester University Press, 2004)
  • The Renaissance Text: Theory, Editing, Textuality (Manchester University Press, 2000)


Andy Murphy
Room 4007
Arts Building
Trinity College
Dublin 2


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