Professor Katharine Murphy

Associate Professor of Hispanic Studies and Comparative Literature


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Telephone: 01392 724430

Prof. Katharine Murphy specialises in early twentieth-century Spanish fiction, Modernism and Comparative Literature.

Katharine's book Bodies of Disorder: Gender and Degeneration in Baroja and Blasco Ibáñez (Cambridge: Legenda, 2017) is published by Legenda's Studies in Hispanic and Lusophone Cultures: The book offers an original analysis of the ways in which late nineteenth-century medical discourses and cultural myths of degeneration focused on reproduction and the female body, and aligns the literary representations of these ideas in the works of two Spanish authors: one canonical, one bestselling.

Katharine's first book, Re-reading Pío Baroja and English Literature (2004), applied a comparative approach to early twentieth-century Spanish and English prose fiction in order to highlight the central participation of Baroja and other Spanish authors in the development of European Modernism. 

With two colleagues, Katharine co-organised the 60th Anniversary Conference of the Association of Hispanists of Great Britain and Ireland hosted by the University of Exeter in April 2015. The conference was supported by the Spanish Embassy and Santander Universities, with the attendance of the Spanish Ambassador:

She is currently developing research on literary representations of the embodied subject. She recently participated in 'The Body and the Built Environment' Symposium at the University of Durham, and will be presenting at 'The Pathological Body: European Literary and Cultural Perspectives' at the IMLR in the Autumn.  

As Senior Tutor in Modern Languages, Katharine oversees the Academic Tutoring system in the Department. She has had a number of leadership roles, including Internationalisation Officer in Modern Languages, Acting Director of the MA in Global Literatures and Cultures, Programme Director in Hispanic Studies from 2013-2016, membership of Strategy Group in Modern Languages, Year Abroad and Exams in Hispanic Studies. She has been an External Examiner for the Department of HiPLA Studies at the University of Bristol since 2018.

Katharine was appointed by the University of Exeter in 2001. She was promoted to Senior Lecturer in 2006 and Associate Professor in 2018. She teaches twentieth-century Spanish literature and culture.