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Dr Sharon Murphy


Name: Dr Sharon Murphy
Department: English
Work Area: English
Role: Lecturer
Phone Number: 01 700 6098
Email Address: sharon.murphy@dcu.ie
Room: AHC S224
Campus: DCU All Hallows Campus

Biographical Details

Sharon Murphy is a lecturer in English, with particular interests in eighteenth- and nineteenth-century literature (particularly fiction), children’s literature (especially of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries), the relationship between the novel and empire (particularly with reference to India), the history of the book and of reading, and the work of Maria Edgeworth. Prior to the formation of the School of English, DCU, she was a lecturer in the English Department of Patrick's College, Drumcondra. Previous experience also included stints as an assistant lecturer in St. Patrick's College and in the School of English, Trinity College. She also held a Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship at Trinity College between 2005 and 2007, and worked as a part-time or visiting lecturer there for several years. Dr. Murphy is Chairperson of the Masters programme in Children’s and Young Adult Literature, where she teaches on eighteenth and nineteenth century children's literature, and supervises MA theses. She is also heavily involved with the delivery of the School's undergraduate curriculum, where she specializes in the teaching of children's literature and the literature of the Romantic and Victorian periods. Dr. Murphy also teaches a third year research option on the representation of India in nineteenth and early twentieth century novels and tales for adults and children.

Dr. Murphy's most recent research project was concerned with the history of the official provision of libraries to nineteenth-century British soldiers, and explored what it reveals about attitudes to the military reader and, more broadly, to working-class reading and leisure at this period. Dr. Murphy published her book based on this research - The British Soldier and his Libraries, c. 1822-1901 - with Palgrave Macmillan in 2016. She welcomes proposals for Doctoral work on topics related to her research interests.  

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