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John Murray Professor
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John Murray

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Ph.D., English - University of Rhode Island
ALM, English - Harvard University
BA, English - Catholic University of America

John C. Murray is a professor of English and has served as co-chair of the Humanities Division and coordinator of the English Department at Curry College. He received his bachelors, masters, and doctoral degrees in English from the Catholic University of America, Harvard University, and the University of Rhode Island, respectively. He published Technologies of Power in the Victorian Period (Cambria, 2010). He also has published articles, chapters, and reviews with various publishers, including Palgrave Macmillan, Lexington Books, Victoriographies, Journal of Literature and Science, Journal of Contemporary Thought, Nineteenth Century Studies, and The British Society for Literature and Science website.

His most recent article “The Glamorisation of Mental Illness in BBC’s Sherlock” appears in Neo-Victorian Madness: Rediagnosing Nineteenth-Century Mental Illness in Literature and Other Media (Palgrave Macmillan, 2020). He also participates in the Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA) Publishing Mentorship Program, which pairs senior faculty with emerging scholars that provide critical guidance and professional support for their scholarly research.

Publications:

Monograph:

2010:   Murray. J. Technologies of Power in the Victorian Period: Print Culture, Human Labor, and New Modes of Critique in Charles Dickens’s Hard Times, Charlotte Brontë’s Shirley, and George Eliot’s Felix Holt . Amherst, NY: Cambria Press.

Refereed Articles & Chapters:

2020:   Murray. J. “The Glamorisation of Mental Illness in BBC’s Sherlock.” Edited by Brenda Ayres and Sarah E. Maier, Neo-Victorian Madness: Rediagnosing Nineteenth-Century Mental Illness in Literature and Other Media. Cham, Switzerland: Palgrave Macmillan, 253-279.

2019:   Murray. J. “The Consumer Has Been Added to Your Video Queue.” 2011; Reprinted with changes in Netflix Nostalgia: Streaming the Past on Demand. Edited by Kathryn Pallister. Lanham: Lexington Books, 57–73.

2011:   Murray. J. “The Consumer Has Been Added to Your Video Queue.”The Journal of Contemporary Thought, 33 (Summer): 153–170. 

2011:   Murray. J. “Nationalism, Patriotism, and New Subjects of Ideological Hegemony.”Journal of Philosophy: A Cross-Disciplinary Inquiry, 6.14 (Spring): 29–42.

2010:   Murray. J. “Refocusing the Gendered Gaze: Role-Playing, Performance and Multiple-Identity in Defoe’s Moll Flanders.” The AnaChronisT, 15 : 43–59.

2010:   Murray. J. “Self-Determination or Solidarity?: Franklin and Habermas on Choosing Enlightenment.”Essays in the Philosophy of Humanism, 18.1 (Spring/Summer): 17–31.

Reviews:

2020:   Murray. J. Review of Adam Colman, Drugs and the Addiction Aesthetic in Nineteenth-Century Literature. Cham, Switzerland: Palgrave Macmillan, 2019, in Victoriographies: A Journal of Nineteenth-Century Writing, 1790–1914, 10.3.

2019:    Murray. J. Review of Elisavet Ioannidou, “Neo-Victorian Visions of the Future: Science, Crime, and Modernity.” Victoriographies: A Journal of Nineteenth-Century Writing, 1790–1914 , 8.2 (2018): 187-205, in Journal of Literature and Science 12.2.

2019:   Murray. J. Review of Keridiana W. Chez, Victorian Dogs, Victorian Men: Affect and Animals Nineteenth-Century Literature and Culture. Columbus: Ohio State University Press, 2017, inThe British Society for Literature and Science (March).

2019:   Murray. J. Review of Stella Pratt-Smith, Transformations of Electricity in Nineteenth-Century Literature and Science. Farnham: Ashgate, 2016, in The British Society for Literature and Science (February).

2018:   Murray. J. Review of Kate Holterhoff, “Egyptology and Darwinian Evolution in Conan Doyle and H. Rider Haggard: The Scientific Imagination.”English Literature in Transition, 1880–1920, 60.3 (June 2017): 314–340, in Journal of Literature and Science 11.2, 83-84.

2018:   Murray. J. Review of David Shackleton, “H.G. Wells, Geology, and the Ruins of Time.” Victorian Literature and Culture, 45.4 (2017): 839–855, in Journal of Literature and Science 11.2, 85-86.

2018:   Murray. J. Review of Benjamin Morgan, The Outward Mind: Materialist Aesthetics in Victorian Science and Literature. Chicago: The University of Chicago Press, 2017, in Nineteenth Century Studies (November).

2018:   Murray. J. Review of Michael Tondre, The Physics of Possibility: Victorian Fiction, Science, and Gender. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2018, in The British Society for Literature and Science (October).

2018:   Murray. J. Review of Gowan Dawson, “Dickens, Dinosaurs, and Design.”Victorian Literature and Culture, 44.4 (2016): 761–778, in Journal of Literature and Science 11.1, 126-27.

2018:   Murray. J. Review of Jason D. Hall, Nineteenth-Century Verse and Technology: Machines of Meter. Cham, Switzerland: Palgrave Macmillan, 2017, in The British Society for Literature and Science (May).

2018:   Murray. J. Review of Peter Merchant and Catherine Waters, eds. Dickens and the Imagined Child. Farnham: Ashgate, 2015, in The British Society for Literature and Science (February).

Recent Awards:

2020:   Award for Accomplishments in the Arts & Humanities, Curry College

2018:   Excellence in Research Award, Curry College

Recent Conference Presentations & Activities:

2020:   Murray, J. Confronting the Stigma of Mental Illness in Neo-Victorian Television ,” Fifty-First Annual Conference, Northeast Modern Language Association, Boston, MA, March 7, NeMLA 2020 Conference Program.

2019:   Murray, J. “Immortalizing the Neo-Victorian Villain,” Forty-Ninth Annual Conference, Popular Culture Association, Washington, DC, April 18, PCA/ACA 2019 Conference Program.

2018:   Murray, J. Session Chair, “Perceptions and Eliot II,” Sixteenth Annual Conference, North American Victorian Studies Association, Saint Petersburg, FL, October 13.

2018:   Murray, J. Session Chair, “Sound and Vision,” Sixteenth Annual Conference, North American Victorian Studies Association, Saint Petersburg, FL, October 13.

2018:   Murray, J. Session Chair, “Material Culture and Performance,” Sixteenth Annual Conference, North American Victorian Studies Association, Saint Petersburg, FL, October 12.

2018:   Murray, J. “Crossing the Ritual Bridges of Courtship in Jane Austen's Pride & Prejudice,” Forty-Ninth Annual Conference, College English Association, Saint Petersburg, FL, April 6, CEA 2018 Conference Program.

2018:   Murray, J. Session Chair, “Nineteenth-Century British Literature: Bridging the Past and Present,” Forty-Ninth Annual Conference, College English Association, Saint Petersburg, FL, April 6, CEA 2018 Conference Program.

2017:   Murray, J. Session Chair, “Toxic Masculinities,” Forty-Sixth Annual Conference, Victorians Institute, Greenville, SC, October 14, VI 2017 Conference Program.

2017:   Murray, J. “‘What If?’: Probing Counterfactual Histories in Sherlock,” Forty-Sixth Annual Conference, Victorians Institute, Greenville, SC, October 14, VI 2017 Conference Program.

2017:   Murray, J. Session Chair, “Victorian and Contemporary Technologies and Ideologies,” Forty-Sixth Annual Conference, Victorians Institute, Greenville, SC, October 13, VI 2017 Conference Program.

2016:   Murray, J. Session Chair, “BBC Adaptations,” Twenty-Eighth Annual Conference, Literature/Film Association, Glassboro, NJ, October 15, LFA 2016 Conference Program.

2016:   Murray, J. “Adaptation and Rhizomatic Growth in the Neo-Victorian Sherlock,” Twenty-Eighth Annual Conference, Literature/Film Association, Glassboro, NJ, October 15, LFA 2016 Conference Program.