Dr Katharine Murphy

Senior Lecturer and Director of Programmes, Hispanic Studies


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Telephone: 01392 724430

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

Katharine's new book Bodies of Disorder: Gender and Degeneration in Baroja and Blasco Ibáñez is in press and forthcoming in 2017 with Legenda's Studies in Hispanic and Lusophone Cultures: http://www.mhra.org.uk/publications/Bodies-Disorder. 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. 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. She spoke on this research at Birkbeck College, University of London, in July 2016: www.forgottengeographies.wordpress.com and AHGBI Cardiff 2017.

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 11-13  April 2015. The conference was supported by the Spanish Embassy and Santander Universities, with the attendance of the Spanish Ambassador: http://www.exeter.ac.uk/news/featurednews/title_446591_en.html

She presented conference papers on research for her forthcoming book at the Association of Hispanists of Great Britain and Ireland, University of Oxford 2013 and University of Exeter 2015, and as an Invited Lecturer at the AHRC-funded Wrongdoing in Spain 1800-1936 Conference, University of Cambridge, 2013. She was a Visiting Speaker at the University of Edinburgh in 2011.  

Katharine was Programme Director in Hispanic Studies for 3 years from May 2013 until December 2016, and a member of Strategy Group in Modern Languages in 2014-2015. She teaches twentieth-century Spanish literature and culture.

She was appointed at the University of Exeter in 2001 and became a Senior Lecturer in 2006.