Patrick Murphy

Associate Professor, Director of English Graduate Studies


317 Marano Campus Center

Office hours

FALL 2020

or by appointment

Patrick Murphy

Classes taught


ENG 102/OY6 TR 11:20-12:40 Online
ENG 304/OY2 TR 4:20-5:40 Online
ENG 319/OY1 TR 1:00-2:20 Online


ENG 102/OYA TR 11:20-12:40 Online
ENG 304/OY2 TR 4:20-5:40 Online
ENG 319/OY1 TR 1:00-2:20 Online

ENG 304  LITERARY CRITICISM: How do literary critics do what they do? What is the secret behind writing a critical interpretation of a literary work of art that others will find insightful and compelling? What is at stake when literary critics begin to argue over how works of literary art should be read or taught?  This course will answer some of these questions, while it attempts to answer the toughest questions of them all: What can one do with an English major?  We will pursue these and similar questions by focusing upon some interpretive strategies in formalism, structuralism, hermeneutics, psychoanalysis, deconstruction and cultural materialism.  We will examine some developments within feminism, gay and lesbian studies, and perhaps some cultural anthropology and ethnography, while situating these developments within the larger traditions of literary criticism and theory that begin with Plato and Aristotle.  By reading both theory and criticism along with several specific literary texts, we will examine how literary criticism is fashioned, what is at stake in its arguments, and how literary criticism provides its own unique kinds of political, philosophical, historical, and poetic knowledge.

ENG 319 SHAKESPEARE-AN INTRODUCTION: This course studies Shakespeare’s development as a writer who explores new possibilities for his poetry and his plays while altering, amplifying, or discarding old strategies.  We examine the full range of Shakespeare’s writing:  (1) from his somewhat early work in the sonnets and narrative poems along with his early experimentations in comedy to his more mature developments in the history play and festive comedy, (2) from his first attempts at tragedy to the breakdown of comic form in the problem plays, and (3) from his exclusive attention upon tragedy to his almost exclusive work in the later romances.  Our readings will be selected from each of these phases and genres.  There will be two or three examinations and two essays.