Robinson Murphy



Areas of Interest
Robin specializes in global Anglophone literature; his other research and teaching interests include gender and sexuality, class, critical race studies, and the environmental humanities.

Boston College, BA; Boston College, MA

Robin is a PhD Candidate in the Department of English and a Teaching Fellow in the University Writing Program. His dissertation, "Castration Desire: Less as More in Global Anglophone Literature," argues against the orthodox psychoanalytic account that understands castration negatively: to lose the phallus is to lose everything. Alternatively, in the less-is-more ethos proffered in texts by J.M. Coetzee, Michael Ondaatje, Kazuo Ishiguro, and Emma Donoghue, Robin discovers a mode of relationality in which castration is not punitive, but world-savingly generative. At Notre Dame Robin has taught courses in literature, gender studies, environmental ethics, and writing. 

Recent Scholarly Activity
“Elizabeth Barton’s Claim: Feminist Defiance in Wolf Hall.” Frontiers: A Journal of Women’s Studies 36(2): 152-168. Fortieth Anniversary Issue.

"The Politics of Rebirth in Colm Tóibín's 'Three Friends' and 'A Long Winter'." Irish Studies Review 17(4): 485-498.