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Professor Julian Murphet

Professor
BA (Hons 1) USyd. (1992); MPhil USyd. (1994);PhD Cantab. (1998)
School of the Arts and Media, Centre for Modernism Studies in Australia

Contact

+61 2 9385 4521
Room 246C, Robert Webster
Kensington Campus
Fields: Film and Television, Cultural Theory, British and Irish Literature, North American Literature, Film and Television, Cultural Theory, British and Irish Literature, North American Literature
Tags: School of the Arts and Media, Centre for Modernism Studies in Australia

 Authored Books

  • Multimedia Modernism: Literature and the Anglo-American avant-Garde (Cambridge: Cambridge university Press, 2009)
  • Narrative and Media, with Helen Fulton, Rosemary Huisman and Anne Dunn, ed. Helen Fulton (Melbourne & New York: Cambridge UP, 2005)
  • Bret Easton Ellis’ American Psycho (New York: Continuum, 2002)
  • Literature and Race in Los Angeles, Cultural Margins Series (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2001)
 Edited Books
  • Rancière and Literature, edited with Grace Hellyer (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2015)—forthcoming
  • Faulkner in the Media Ecology, edited with Stefan Solomon (Baton Rouge: Louisiana University Press, 2014)—forthcoming
  • Modernism and Masculinity, edited with Natalya Lusty (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2014)
  • Flann O'Brien and Modernism, edited with Ronan McDonald and Sascha Morrell (New York: Bloomsbury, 2014)—forthcoming
  • Styles of Extinction: Cormac McCarthy's The Road, co-edited with Mark Steven (London & New York: Bloomsbury, 2012)
  • Strong Opinions: J.M Coetzee and the Authority of Contemporary Fiction, edited with Chris Danta and Sue Kossew (London & New York: Continuum Press, 2011)
  • Literature and Visual Technologies, edited with Lydia Rainford (Houndmills: Palgrave Press, 2003)
 Edited Journal Issues
  • Affirmations: of the modern (2013-)
  • Modernism/Modernity, Special Issue: Inhumanism, eds. Aaron Jaffe, Kate Marshall, and Julian Murphet (2015)—forthcoming
  • Twentieth Century Literature, Special Issue: Late Coetzee, eds. Julian Murphet and Chris Danta, 57.1 (2012)
 Book Chapters
  • “Joyce, Pynchon, Enumeration,” in Rancière and Literature, eds. Grace Hellyer and Julian Murphet (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2015)—forthcoming
  • “Cinematography of the Group,” in The Cinema of Theo Angelopoulos, eds. Angelos Koutsourakis and Mark Steven (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2015)—forthcoming
  • “Short Story Futures: New Modes of Transmission,” The Cambridge History of the English Short Story, ed. Dominic Head (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2015)—solicited, 7000 words, forthcoming
  • “Media,” in Key Terms for Literary History, ed. Sascha Bru (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2015)—solicited, 7000 words, forthcoming 

  •  “The Value of Making Nothing Happen,” in The Values of Literary Studies: Critical Institutions, Scholarly Agendas, ed. Rónán McDonald (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2015)—solicited, 7000 words, forthcoming
  •  “Modern Media Ecology,” in The New Cambridge Companion to William Faulkner, ed. John T. Matthews (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2014)—solicited, 6000 words, forthcoming 

  •  “Modernism and Technology,” in The Bloomsbury Companion to Modernist Literature, eds. Ulrike Maude and Mark Nixon (London: Bloomsbury, 2014)—solicited, 7000 words, forthcoming 

  • “Flann O’Brien and Modern Character,” in Flann O'Brien and Modernism, eds. Ronan McDonald, Sascha Morrell, and Julian Murphet (New York: Continuum, 2014)— forthcoming
  •  “Lewis and Media,” in The Cambridge Companion to Wyndham Lewis, ed. Tyrus Miller (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2014)—solicited, 5000 words, forthcoming
  • “Faulkner in the Histories of Film: ‘Where Memory is the Slave’,” in Faulkner and Film: Faulkner and Yoknapatawpha, 2010, eds. Peter Lurie and Ann J. Abadie (Jackson, MI: University Press of Mississippi)—solicited, 10,000 words, forthcoming
  • “New Media Modernism,” in The Cambridge Companion to the American Modernist Novel, ed. Joshua L. Miller (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2014)—solicited, 6000 words, forthcoming
  • “King Kong Capitalism,” in Animal Life and the Moving Image, eds. Michael Lawrence and Laura McMahon (New York: Columbia University Press, 2014)—solicited, 8000 words, forthcoming 

  • “A Desire Named Streetcar,” in Moving Modernisms, Laura Marcus and David Bradshaw (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2014)—solicited, 7000 words, forthcoming
  • “Towards a Gendered Media Ecology,” in Modernism and Masculinity, eds. Natalya Lusty and Julian Murphet (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2014), pp. 53-70
  •  “A Loose Democracy in the Skull: Characterology and Neuroscience,” in Mindful Aesthetics: Literature and the Science of Mind, Helen Groth and Chris Danta (London & New York: Bloomsbury, 2013)
  •  “The Media of Diaspora,” in The Blackwell Companion to Diaspora and Transnational Studies, eds. Ato Quayson and Girish Daswani (Oxford: Blackwell, 2013), pp. 54-67.
  • “France, Europe, The World: 1945-89,” Samuel Beckett in Context, ed. Anthony Uhlmann (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2013), pp. 126-138.
  • “The Cave and The Road: Styles of Forgotten Dreams,” in Styles of Extinction: Cormac McCarthy's The Road, eds. Julian Murphet and Mark Steven (London & New York: Continuum, 2012), pp. 109-131.
  • “The Novel amidst New Technology and Media,” in Robert L. Caserio and Clement C. Hawes, eds., The Cambridge History of the English Novel (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2012), pp. 774-790.
  • “Postcolonial writing in Australia and New Zealand,” in Ato Quayson, ed., The Cambridge History of Postcolonial Literature, Vol. 1 (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2012), pp. 446-483.
  • Diary of a Bad Year: Parrhesia, Opinion and Novelistic Form,” in Danta, Murphet and Kossew, eds., Strong Opinions: J.M Coetzee and the Authority of Contemporary Fiction (Continuum Press, 2011), pp. 63-80.
  • “Literature of Urban Rebellion,” in Kevin McNamara, ed., The Cambridge Companion to Los Angeles Literature (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2010), pp. 101-110.
  •  “Film and (as) Modernity,” in James Donald and Michael Renov, eds., Handbook of Film Studies (London: Sage, 2008), pp. 343-360.
  •  “Alain Badiou and Cultural Studies,” in Gary Hall & Clare Birchall, eds. New Cultural Studies: Adventures in Theory (Edinburgh: Edinburgh UP, 2006), pp. 147-160.
  • “Postmodernism and Space,” in Steven Connor, ed., The Cambridge Companion to Postmodernism (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2004), pp. 116-135.
  • “Fiction and Postmodernity,” in Laura Marcus and Peter Nicholls, eds., The Cambridge History of Twentieth-Century English Literature (Cambridge University Press, 2004), pp. 716-735
  •  “Multiculturalism and All That Jazz” with Desmond King, in Robert Singh, ed., American Politics and Society Today (Polity Press, 2002)
  • “Grounding Theory: Literary Theory and the New Geography,” in McQuillan et al, eds., Post-Theory: New Directions in Criticism (Edinburgh University Press, 1999), pp. 200-208.

Journal Articles

  • “Jamesonian James,” The Henry James Review, Special Issue on Jameson and James (2015)—forthcoming
  • “A Modest Proposal for the Inhuman,” Modernism/Modernity, Special Issue: Inhumanism, eds. Aaron Jaffe, Kate Marshall, and Julian Murphet (2015)— forthcoming
  • “On the Market and Uneven Development,” Affirmations: of the modern 1.1 (2013): 1-20
  • “‘Events listening to their own tremors’: Zukofsky and Objective Anachrony,” Textual Practice 26:2, Special Issue: The Uses of Anachronism, eds. Helen Groth and Paul Sheehan (Spring, 2012): 707-727
  • “Coetzee and Late Style: Exile within the Form,” in Twentieth Century Literature, Special Issue: Late Coetzee, eds. Murphet and Danta, 57.1 (2012): 86-104
  • “The Mole and the Multiple: A Chiasmus of Character,” New Literary History, Special Issue: Character, vol. 42, no. 2 (Spring, 2011): 255-276
  • The Wire and Realism,” Sydney Studies in English, Vol. 36 (2010): 52-76
  • “Beckett’s Televisual Modernism,” Critical Quarterly, Special Issue on Modernism and New Media History, ed. David Trotter, vol. 51, no. 2 (2009): 60-78
  • “Eliot’s Mechanism of Sensibility: poetic form and media change,” Literature and Aesthetics, vol. 18, no. 1 (2008): 31-42
  • “P. T. Anderson’s Dilemma,” Sydney Studies in English, vol. 34 (2008): 63-85
  • “Pitiable or Political Animals? Some notes on the ‘last humans’,” SubStance, Vol. 37, no. 3, Issue 117 (December, 2008): 97-116
  • “Character and Event,” SubStance, Vol. 36, no. 3, issue 113 (September, 2007): 106-125
  • “Hard Drives?” Writing Technologies, Vol. 1, no. 1 (April, 2007)
  • “Postmodernism as American Studies,” Australasian Journal of American Studies, Vol. 25, no. 2 (December 2006): 65-76
  • “Behind the Scenes: Animation and Postmodern Value,” Sydney Studies in English 32 (2006): 143-165
  • “The Mulatto: an unspeakable concept,” Working Papers on the Web, Volume 5 (2003)
  • “Film Noir and the Racial Unconscious,” Screen 39:1 (Spring 1998): 22-35
  • “Identity and Difference in Anna Deavere Smith’s Performance Art,” Wasafiri 27 (Spring 1998): 29-33
 Reviews and other pieces
  • “Steven Connor from Down Under,” Critical Quarterly, Special Issue on Steven Connor, ed. Joseph Brooker (2014)—forthcoming
  • “No Alternative: On Vivek Chibber,” Cambridge Journal of Postcolonial Literary Inquiry Vol. 1, no. 1. (September, 2013)
  • Review of Michael Wutz, Enduring Words: Literary Narrative in a Changing Media Ecology (2009), Review of English Studies (2010)
  • “Whither Cultural Studies?” Continuum: Journal of Media and Cultural Studies, vol. 22, no. 5 (2008)
  • Review of Jean-François Lyotard, Friedrich Nietzsche and Jacques Derrida (Routledge Critical Thinkers Series) in Literature and Aesthetics (June 2004): 161-167
  • “September 11 Has Changed Literary Studies” Australian Humanities Review http://www.lib.latrobe.edu.au/AHR/archive/Issue-May-2003/murphett.html
Teaching

I teach into Modernism: Text and Screen; American Literature: Past and Present; Introduction to Film; Film in the Media Landscape; and I contribute lectures here and there to other film and literature courses.

Honours and Prizes

Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities, elected 2013

Professional Contribution

I am Director of UNSW's Centre for Modernism Studies in Australia.
http://empa.arts.unsw.edu.au/centre-for-modernism-studies-in-australia/
I am a member of the Modernist Studies Association, and a member of the national advisory board for the Australian Modernist Studies Network.
I peer-review critical work for numerous journals (including New Literary History, Textual Practice, and the Journal of Modern Literature) and presses (including Cambridge and Oxford University Presses, Polity Press, and Ashgate Press).

Affiliations and Membership

Member and Fellow: Australian Academy of the Humanities

Member: Australian Modernist Studies Network

Member: Modernist Studies Association

Related Links Other Information

I am a Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities.

I have worked and taught at the Universities of Cambridge, Oxford, and Sydney.

I was a Visiting Professor in African-American Studies at the University of California at Berkeley in 1999-2000.

I was Associate Dean (Research) in the Faculty of Arts, University of Sydney in 2007.

I was an Invited Visiting Summer Scholar at St. John's College, Oxford, in 2009.