Primary Department
School of English
Academic Staff
Work Area/Key Responsibilities
Phone number:
01 700
All Hallows
Room Number
AHC S224

Academic biography

Dr. Sharon Murphy is Assistant Professor in the School of English, and  was Research Convenor of the School between 2021 and 2022. Dr. Murphy was previously Chairperson of the Master's programme in Children's and Young Adult Literature from the establishment of the School in 2016 until 2019; prior to that, she was Director of the Master's programme in Children's Literature in St. Patrick's College (from 2014). She is the author of The British Soldier and his Libraries, c. 1822-1901 (Palgrave Macmillan, 2016) and Maria Edgeworth and Romance (Four Courts Press, 2004). She has also published in Children’s Literature, Dickens Studies Annual: Essays on Victorian FictionThe Lion and the UnicornBook History, Journal of the Royal Asiatic Society, and in essay collections. She completed her PhD on the works of Maria Edgeworth in the School of English, Trinity College Dublin, and her Master of Arts Degree (Research; First Class Honours) in Modern English and American Literature in the Department of English UCD.

Research interests

Dr. Murphy has particular research interests in the Romantic and Victorian novel; the relationship between fiction and empire (particularly with reference to India); children's literature of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries; the history of the book and of reading; and the work of Maria Edgeworth. She is currently developing a research project on literary representations of the British experience of imperial India. Dr. Murphy welcomes proposals for doctoral work on topics related to her research interests.