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Prof Andy Murphy B.A. (Dublin), M.A. and PhD. (Brandeis)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, where I remain an honorary professor.

My areas of specialism are primarily in the fields of Shakespeare Studies and Irish Studies. I have a particular interest in Shakespeare publishing, editing and reception and in book history more generally. 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 publications include Shakespeare in Print: A History and Chronology of Shakespeare Publishing (Cambridge UP, 2003; revised and expanded edition to be published in 2020); Shakespeare for the People: Working-class Readers 1800-1900 (Cambridge UP, 2008) and Ireland, Reading, and Cultural Nationalism, 1790-1930: Bringing the Nation to Book (Cambridge UP, 2018). I have also published an introductory study of Seamus Heaney’s poetry in the ‘Writers and the Work’ series (Liverpool UP).

Beyond my particular research specialisms I am also interested in the history of popular music and recording.

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.


Andy Murphy
Room 4007
Arts Building
Trinity College
Dublin 2


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