The John J. Burns Library welcomes Rev. James H. Murphy, C.M., Professor of English at DePaul University, Chicago, as the Burns Visiting Scholar in Irish Studies for the fall 2015 semester. A graduate of the National University of Ireland, Maynooth, he has also earned degrees from Heythrop College of the University of London, Trinity College Dublin, and the National University of Ireland. Since 2009 he has been a fellow of the Royal Historical Society.
Professor Murphy’s impressive list of publications includes: Catholic Fiction and Social Reality in Ireland, 1873-1922, (Greenwood, Westport, CT, 1972), Abject Loyalty: Nationalism and Monarchy in Ireland During the Reign of Queen Victoria (Cork: Cork University Press, 2001), Ireland: A Social, Cultural and Literary History, 1791-1891 (Dublin: Four Courts, 2003), Irish Novelists and the Victorian Age (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2011). Murphy has also edited or co-edited an additional eight books. A book in progress is tentatively entitled Ireland’s Czar: Gladstonian Government and the Lord Lieutenancies of the Red Earl Spencer, 1868-1886.
Reflecting his interest and expertise in both Irish literature and history, Murphy has contributed to several dozen professional journals and books. As a multidisciplinary scholar, he has published widely on issues of gender and sexuality. His primary focus, however, is the political, social, and cultural history of the so-called “long century” (1791-1922).
This semester, Professor Murphy will teach the advanced topic seminar: “Irish Victorian Fiction.”
On Wednesday, November 18, at 4:30 p.m. in the Thompson Room of Burns Library, Professor Murphy will deliver a public lecture titled “Novelists and Politicians in Nineteenth-Century Ireland.” It will be immediately followed by a reception in the Burns Library Irish Room. All are welcome to attend. For further information, please contact Maureen McVeigh at email@example.com or call (617) 552-3282.