Dan Murphy


Email: dmurph13@nd.edu

Areas of Interest
21st and 20th century American fiction, film, media theory, science and literature

University of Washington, BA; Western Washington University, MA


Dan is interested in twenty-first and twentieth century American fiction and film, media theory, epistemology, and the interrelationship of science, technology, and culture. His dissertation, The Technics of Realism, proposes a techno-epistemological account of American fiction and film after 1965 by examining how media-intensive strategies modify the perceived cultural work of narrative art. Focusing on a range of artists including Jenji Kohan, Don DeLillo, Kathryn Bigelow, Thomas Pynchon, Terrence Malick, and Rachel Kushner, and assessing texts such as Gravity’s Rainbow and Libra alongside Zero Dark Thirty, The Wire, and Orange is the New Black, the project suggests a new critical idiom for describing how different texts oriented around the task of social reportage theorize the intelligibility of the social through its specific communication and/or documentation in terms technological media. The recipient of a Presidential fellowship from the University of Notre Dame, Dan is currently working toward an additional graduate certificate in Film, Theater, and Television.

Recent Scholarly Activity

Recent Publications

“Is or Are: The ‘United States’ in Nineteenth-Century Print Culture” (co-authored with Matthew Wilkens and Bryan Santin). American Quarterly March 68.1 2016

Jessica Jones and Gendered Ways of Seeing,” Popmatters.com, March 2016.


Recent Conference Presentations

Invited to attend and present at the Princeton-Weimar Media Studies International Summer School, where Dan presented “Media-intensive Detection in Libra (1988) and Zero Dark Thirty (2012).” Princeton University, June 2016.

“The Epi-phenomenal Narrator: Dross and Technical Embodiment in Tom McCarthy’s Remainder,” The Louisville Conference on Literature and Culture Since 1900. University of Louisville, March 2015.

"The Flying Apparatus in Selden Rodman's The Poetry of Flight and The Air-Men : Flight as an Embodied Medial Event."" Society for Literature, Science, and the Arts (SLSA), University of Notre Dame, October 12, 2013.

""The Correspondence of Dream and Film Rhetoric: Hyperreality and Space in Inception."" PCA/ACA, Washington DC, March 28, 2013.

“The Plantation as a Cinematic Apparatus: 'Mandingo' and the Contest of Racialized Psychological Historiographies.” Graduate Scholar’s Week, Western Washington University, April 2012.

“Geometric Schemata and Geopolitical Space: The Function of Motion and the Gyre in Yeats’s Historiography.” Keough-Naughton Institute of Irish Studies, “Hybrid Irelands,"" University of Notre Dame, March 2012.