Alex Murray

    Alex Murray

    Senior Lecturer

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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  edited Decadence in the Age of Modernism, which is forthcoming in 2019 with Johns Hopkins University Press. I am currently 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; John Dos Passos and Vision; Elizabethan Literature and 1890s Decadence; 'Michael Field' and late-Victorian travel; Agamben, Benjamin and Kant; historical fiction in the 1980s; Decadence in Britain and Ireland; Decadence and Experience.

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    Previous projects included a mongraph, two edited collections and a special journal issue on Italian philosopher Giorgio Agamben, and an edited collection on the French philosopher Gilbert Simondon, a Hanbook of Modernism, and a book on contemporary London literature. My work on Agamben has been translated into Italian, Turkish, Japanese, and Simplified Chinese.

    Giorgio Agamben: 1st Edition (Paperback) book cover

     

    My first monograph, Recalling London (2007) studied the politics of history in contemporary London literature.

     I am currently working on two major projects: a study of the intersections between Aestheticism/Decadence and conservatism, and another on provincial aestheticism.

     Publications

     

    Monographs

     

    Landscapes of Decadence: Literature and Place at the Fin De Siècle. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2016.

     

    Giorgio Agamben. Routledge Critical Thinkers Series. London: Routledge, 2010.

     

    Recalling London: Literature and History in the Work of Peter Ackroyd and Iain Sinclair. London: Continuum, 2007.

     

     

    Edited Collections and Special Journal Issues

      

    Decadence: A Literary History (Under contract with Cambridge University Press. 2019/20)

      

    With Kate Hext, Decadence in the Age of Modernism (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2019).

     

    With Vike Plock, Special Issue of Literature Compass on Sylvia Townsend Warner Vol. 11, No. 12, 2014.

     

    With Jason David Hall, Decadent Poetics: Literature and Form at the British Fin de Siècle. Houndsmill: Palgrave Macmillan, 2013.

     

     With Arne de Boever, Jonathan Roffe and Ashley Woodward, Gilbert Simondon: Being and Technology. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2012.

     

    With Jessica Whyte, The Agamben Dictionary. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2011.

     

    With Thanos Zartaloudis, ‘Law and Thought: on the Work of Giorgio Agamben.’ Special issue of Law & Critique 20:3 2009

     

     With Philip Tew, The Modernism Handbook. London: Continuum, 2009.

     

    With Justin Clemens and Nick Heron, The Work of Giorgio Agamben: Law, Life, Literature.  Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2008.

     

    Articles

     

    '"To See Clearly": John Dos Passos and Vision' Textual Practice (Forthcoming - 2019)

     

    'Fin-de-Siècle Decadence and Elizabethan Literature' English Literature in Transition 1880-1920 62.4 (2019), pp. 482-505.

     

     ‘The Dance of Death: Fitzgerald and Decadence’ MFS Modern Fiction Studies 62:3. (2016), pp. 387-411.

     

    ‘Decadence Revisited: Evelyn Waugh and the Afterlife of the 1890s.’ Modernism/modernity 22:3 (2015), pp. 593-607.

     

    ‘Decadent Conservatism: Politics and Aesthetics in The SenateJournal of Victorian Culture 20: 2 (2015), pp. 186-211

     

     ‘Recusant Poetics: Rereading Catholicism at the Fin de Siècle’ English Literature in Transition 56:3 (2013), pp. 355-373.

     

     ‘“The Majesty of that Unknown”: Edgar Saltus and Decadent Futurity’ Symbiosis: A Journal of Transatlantic Literary Studies 16:1 (2012), pp. 177-189. 

     

     'Vestiges of the Phoenix: De Quincey, Kant and the Heavens’ Victoriographies 1:2 (2011), pp. 243-260.

     

     ‘Forgetting London: Paris, Cultural Cartography and Decadent Politics’ Journeys: A Journal of Travel Literature 11:2 (2010), pp. 30-50.

     

     ‘Autoptic Film’ Cardozo Law Review 31:4 (2010), pp. 1217-1231.

     

    ‘Jack the Ripper, The Dialectic of Enlightenment and the Search for Spiritual Deliverance in White Chappell, Scarlet TracingsCritical Survey 16.1, 2004. pp. 52-66.

     

    ‘Reading London Stone: The Paradox of Material History in Representations of Contemporary London’ Literary London: Interdisciplinary Studies in the Representation of London 2.1,  (2004) www.literarylondon.org

     

    Book Chapters

     

    ‘“Profane Travellers”: Michael Field, Cornwall and Modern Tourism’ in Michael Field, Decadent Moderns. Sarah Parker and Ana Parejo Vadillo (eds) (Ohio University Press, 2019 – in press).

     

     'Introduction' (Co-authored) Decadence in the Age of Modernism (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2019).

     

     'Al di là dello spettacolo e dell’immagine: la poetica di Guy Debord e di Agamben'. Giorgio Agamben. Ontologia e politica. Trans and Ed. Valeria Bonacci.  Macerata: Quadlibet, 2019.

     

    'The Vitality of Dorian Gray: Darwin, Philosophy, Life’ in The Picture of Dorian Gray in the Twenty-First Century. Richard A. Kaye (ed) (Oxford University Press, 2019 – in press).

     

    '“The London Sunday Faded Slow”: Time to Spend in the Victorian City’ in The Oxford Handbook of Victorian Literary Culture. Juliet John (ed) (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2016), pp. 310-326.

     

     ‘Enigmatic Intertexts: Decadence, De Quincey and the Sphinx’ in Decadent Romanticism. Kostas Boyiopoulos and Mark Sandy (eds) )Farnham: Ashgate, 2015), pp. 89-102.

     

    ‘Expropriated Experience: Agamben Reading Benjamin, Reading Kant’ Towards the Critique of Violence: Walter Benjamin and Giorgio Agamben. Brendan Moran and Carlo Salzani. (eds.). (London: Bloomsbury, 2015), pp. 215-230.

      

    ‘The Heritage Industry and Historiographical Metafiction: Historical Representation in the 1980s’ 1980s: A Decade of Contemporary British Fiction. Philip Tew, Emily Horton, Leigh Wilson (eds). (London: Bloomsbury, 2014), pp. 125-150.

     

     'Introduction' (Co-authored) Decadent Poetics: Literature and Form at the British Fin de Siècle. Houndsmill: Palgrave Macmillan, 2013, pp. 1-25.

     

     'Introduction: The Lexicographer and the Sovereign' (co-authored), The Agamben Dictionary. Alex Murray and Jessica Whyte (eds) (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2011), pp. 1-14.

     

    ‘“This Light was Pale and Ghostly”: Stewart Home, Horror and the Gothic Destruction of “London”’ Gothic London. Lawrence Phillips and Anne Witchard (eds). (London: Continuum, 2010), pp. 65-79.

     

    ‘Changes in the Canon’ The Modernism Handbook. Alex Murray and Philip Tew (eds) )Continuum: London, 2009), pp. 158-169.

     

    ‘Introduction: Starting with Modernism’ (co-authored) The Modernism Handbook. Alex Murray and Philip Tew (eds) (Continuum: London, 2009), pp. 1-15.

     

    ‘Beyond Spectacle and the Image: the Poetics of Guy Debord and Agamben’ The Work of Giorgio Agamben: Law, Life, Literature. Justin Clemens, Nick Heron and Alex Murray (eds). (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2008), pp 164-180. 

     

    ‘Introduction: The Enigma of Giorgio Agamben’ (co-authored) The Work of Giorgio Agamben: Law, Life, Literature. Justin Clemens, Nick Heron and Alex Murray (eds). (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2008), pp. 1-12.

     

    ‘Literary Genealogy and the Aesthetics of Critique in the Work of Iain Sinclair’ In City Visions: The Work of Iain Sinclair. Jenny Bavidge and Robert Bond, eds. (Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Press, 2007), 68-81. 

     

    Teaching

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

    ENG1001 English in Transition 

    ENG2060 Modernism and Modernity

    ENG3183 Writing New York, 1880-1940

    On the MA in English Literary Studies I  teach an option on 'Decadence'

    Ph.D. Supervision

    Before joining Queen's in April 2015 I taught at the University of Exeter for seven years and have supervised six PhDs 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 PhD projects on: Oscar Wilde and historiography; American modernism and gardens; Oscar Wilde and painting; education in inter-war women's writing in England; utopia and memory in late-Victorian literature; a critical component for a creative writing PhD on Lesbian Historical Fiction.

    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.

     

    Willingness to take PhD students

    Yes

    PhD projects

    I would be interested in supervising PhD students in most areas of modern literary studies, particularly:
    -Decadence and Aestheticism;
    -Oscar Wilde;
    -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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