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), applies 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. She has recently returned to this interest in Spanish Modernism and Comparative Literature by developing her work on transnational paradigms and the exchange of ideas across borders, with a particular focus on the works of Baroja and Joseph Conrad. 

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 has contributed regularly to the Association of Hispanists of Great Britain and Ireland annual conference, most recently on the subject of 'Consumer Agency: Reclaiming Women Readers in fin-de-siglo Spain' at the University of Leeds (2018). She was an Invited Lecturer at the AHRC-funded Wrongdoing in Spain 1800-1936 Conference, University of Cambridge 2013, and a Visiting Speaker at the University of Edinburgh in 2011. She is an External Examiner for HiPLA at the University of Bristol.

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 teaches twentieth-century Spanish literature and culture.

Katharine was appointed by the University of Exeter in 2001. She was promoted to Senior Lecturer in 2006 and Associate Professor in 2018.