Patrick Murphy

Associate Professor
Director of English Graduate Studies


Contact

317 Marano Campus Center
315.312.2616
patrick.murphy@oswego.edu

Office hours

SPRING 2019
Monday, Wednesday & Friday
1:45 - 2:45
or by appointment

Patrick Murphy

Classes taught

SPRING 2019 COURSES

ENG 304/830

MWF 12:40-1:35 306 Marano CC

ENG 319/800
ENG 519/800

MW 3:00-4:20 323 Marano CC

ENG 395/830

MW 4:35-5:55 444 Shineman

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
ENG 519 SHAKESPEARE'S DEVELOPMENT
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.

ENG 395 SPECIALIZED STUDIES: TRANSHUMANISM-This course will examine literary works, as well as philosophical and historical texts, that shed light upon how we think and speak about human beings during thus time of technological change and during this time of emerging environmental crisis.  We will ask:  is it ever possible to establish a free relationship to technology? Or, are human beings necessarily restricted to becoming subjugated to machines which can learn and calculate in ways that may dominate our fundamental human nature—if there is such a thing?  This course will be offered concurrently with a similar course in the Human Computer Interaction program.