Alex Murray

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      Research Interests

      My research covers the period 1840-present, with particular expertise in the following:

      -Decadence and writing of the fin de siècle

      -Literature and place (particularly London and New York)

      -Travel Writing

      -Modernism, particularly its relationship to the 1890s

      -Literary and Critical Theory

      My book Landscapes of Decadence: Literature and Place at the Fin de Siècle was published by Cambridge University Press in 2016, and I edited, with Jason David Hall, Decadent Poetics: Literature and Form at the British Fin de Siècle (Palgrave, 2013). With Kate Hext I am currently editing Decadence in the Age of Modernism, which is under contract with Johns Hopkins University Press, while also editing Decadence: A Literary History for Cambridge University Press. Other recent or forthcoming publications include a special issue of Literature Compass on Sylvia Townsend Warner; essays on: the Cultural Geography of the late-Victorian city; Thomas De Quincey and Decadence; Oscar Wilde and Darwinism; Decadent Conservatism; Decadence and Catholicism; Evelyn Waugh and the 1890s; F. Scott Fitzgerald and European Decadence; 'Michael Field' and late-Victorian travel; Agamben, Benjamin and Kant; historical fiction in the 1980s.

      Previous projects included a mongraph, two edited collections and a special journal issue on Italian philosopher Giorgio Agamben, and a book on contemporary London literature. My mongraph Giorgio Agamben (2010) has been translated into Turkish, Japanese, and Simplified Chinese. My first monograph, Recalling London (2007) studied the politics of history in contemporary London literature.

       I am currently working on a book-length study of the intersections between Aestheticism/Decadence and conservatism.



      I teach across modern Modern British and American literary studies, currently contributing to:

      ENG1001 English in Transition 

      ENG2070 Literature and Society, 1850-1930 

      ENG3183 Writing New York, 1880-1940

      I am convenor the MA in English Literary Studies on which I convene the module Literary Research Methods, while also contributing to The Gothic.


      Ph.D. Supervision

      Before joining Queen's in April 2015 I taught at the University of Exeter for seven years and have supervised six Ph.D.s to completion. Topics included: Joyce and Critical Theory; contemporary poetry and excavation; Victorian alternative history writing; espionage fiction and national identity; Cold War nature writing; modernism and aviation.

      I am currently supervising two PhD projects: one on education in inter-war women's writing in England, the other on F. Scott Fitzgerald and European social thought. 

      I would be interested in supervising PhD students in most areas of modern literary studies, particularly: Decadence and Aestheticism; Modernism; literature and place; the politics of literary form; literary theory.

      Please contact me if you would like to discuss prospective projects.


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      Frequent Journals

      • Modernism/Modernity

        ISSNs: 1071-6068

        Additional searchable ISSN (Electronic): 1080-6601

        Johns Hopkins University Press

        Scopus rating (2016): CiteScore 0.18 SJR 0.128 SNIP 0.84


      • Journal of Victorian Culture

        ISSNs: 1355-5502

        Additional searchable ISSN (Electronic): 1750-0133

        Edinburgh University Press

        Scopus rating (2016): CiteScore 0.4 SJR 0.216 SNIP 1.154


      • Literature Compass

        ISSNs: 1741-4113


      • Modern Fiction Studies

        ISSNs: 0026-7724

        Johns Hopkins University Press

        Scopus rating (2016): CiteScore 0.28 SJR 0.145 SNIP 0.951


      • Journeys

        ISSNs: 1465-2609

        Additional searchable ISSN (Electronic): 1752-2358


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