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Patrick Murphy

Associate Professor
Director of English Graduate Studies


317 Marano Campus Center

Office hours

Spring 2017
Tuesday & Thursday
2:00 - 3:30
or by appointment

Patrick Murphy

Classes taught

Spring 2017 Courses

ENG 204/800

TR 3:55-5:15 323 Marano CC
ENG 319/800 TR 11:10-12:30 132 Marano CC
ENG 566/800 TR 6:00-9:00 142 Marano CC

ENG 204-Exploration of our own language use through the lens of literature, and exploration of literary language from the perspective we create with our own uses of language.  We will study narrative, verse, and drama and one or two additional novels and plays.  Approximately six essays.

ENG 319-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 566-This course will examine how the projects of the twentieth century in structuralism and post-structuralism take their direction and shape in part from the writings of four nineteenth-century thinkers: Darwin, Marx, Nietzsche, and Freud.  Readings of primary texts (in translation), rather than secondary ones, will be the focus and stress of this course.  We will select works to read by some (or all) of these writers: Levi-Strauss, Althusser, Lacan, Barthes, Derrida, Foucault, and Lyotard.  Attention to transitional figures who span the differences among these generations of writers will also at time be necessary. Some of these figures are: Husserl, Heidegger, James, Peirce, and Dewey.  Course work will include well-prepared and detailed seminar presentations, a few short but substantive essays, and a substantial graduate-level seminar paper due at the end of the semester.  Graduate students are encouraged to speak with the professor about their specific interests before the semester begins.  These conversations will help to focus the readings selected for the syllabus and the topics of any given class session.