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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 Murray is a professor of English and has served as co-chair of the Humanities Division and coordinator of the Department of English at Curry. He teaches courses in British literature and film and novel. His research interests include nineteenth-century British literature and culture, history of the novel, media and technology studies, and visual culture. 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), as well as numerous articles and reviews in the Journal of Literature and Science, the Journal of Contemporary Thought, Nineteenth Century Studies, and The British Society for Literature and Science Book Reviews. He was recently appointed to serve as assistant book reviews editor for The British Society for Literature and Science website. He also presented papers and chaired sessions at various annual conferences for the North American Victorian Studies Association, College English Association, the Victorians Institute, the 18 th- and 19th-Century British Women Writers Association, The Dickens Society, and the Literature/Film Association.

Publications:

Monograph:

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, 2010.

Peer-Reviewed Articles and Chapters:

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, 2019, 57-73.

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

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

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

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

Reviews:

2019: Review of Elisavet Ioannidou, “Neo-Victorian Visions of the Future: Science, Crime, and Modernity.” Victoriographies 8.2 (2018): 187-205, in Journal of Literature and Science 12.2 (November).

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

2019: 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: 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 (December), pp. 83-84.

2018: 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 (December), pp. 85-86.

2018: 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: 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: 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 (June), pp. 126-27.

2018: 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: 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 Conference Presentations & Activities:

2019: “Immortalizing the Neo-Victorian Villain,” Forty-Ninth Annual Conference of the Popular Culture Association, at the Wardman Park Marriott, Washington, DC, April 18, PCA/ACA 2019 Conference Program.

2018: Session Chair for “Perceptions and Eliot II,” Sixteenth-Annual Conference of the North American Victorian Studies Association on Looking Outward, at the Hilton Bayfront, Saint Petersburg, FL, October 13.

2018: Session Chair for “Sound and Vision,” Sixteenth-Annual Conference of the North American Victorian Studies Association on Looking Outward, at the Hilton Bayfront, Saint Petersburg, FL, October 13.

2018: Session Chair for “Material Culture and Performance,” Sixteenth-Annual Conference of the North American Victorian Studies Association on Looking Outward, at the Hilton Bayfront, Saint Petersburg, FL, October 12.

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

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

2017: Session Chair for “Toxic Masculinities,” Forty-Sixth Annual Victorians Institute Conference on Victorian Recovery, at Furman University, Greenville, SC, October 14, VI 2017 Conference Program.

2017: “‘What If?’: Probing Counterfactual Histories in Sherlock,” Forty-Sixth Annual Victorians Institute Conference on Victorian Recovery, at Furman University, Greenville, SC, October 14, VI 2017 Conference Program.

2017: Session Chair for “Victorian and Contemporary Technologies and Ideologies,” Forty-Sixth Annual Victorians Institute Conference on Victorian Recovery, at Furman University, Greenville, SC, October 13, VI 2017 Conference Program.

2016: Invited to serve as Session Chair for “BBC Adaptations,” Literature/Film Association Annual Conference on Alternate Worlds, at Rowan University, Glassboro, NJ, October 15, LFA 2016 Conference Program.

 2016: “Adaptation and Rhizomatic Growth in the Neo-Victorian Sherlock,”  Literature/Film Association Annual Conference on Alternate Worlds, at Rowan University, Glassboro, NJ, October 15, LFA 2016 Conference Program.