Dr P Murphy

Drama Studies
Queen’s University Belfast

School/Institute website address: www.qub.ac.uk/lla/drama/Info/Staff/pm.htm
E-mail: p.murphy@qub.ac.uk

Biography and Irish Studies research interests
Prior to joining QUB, Paul lectured in the School of Drama at Trinity College Dublin where he was also co-ordinator of the MPhil in Irish Theatre and Film. At QUB Paul teaches various courses including ‘Irish Theatre 1: Expanding the Canon’ and ‘20th Century British Theatre.’ Research interests include Irish Theatre, postcolonial theatre, critical theory and cultural politics. Future research will focus on a monograph on the Antrim playwright George Shiels, and the production of four volumes of a documentary history of Irish theatre from 1926-1951. Paul is currently a director and board member of nationally and internationally acclaimed, multi-award winning Northern Ireland based professional theatre company Ransom Productions.

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Selected Publications
1. ‘The Myth of Benightedness After the Irish Renaissance: the drama of George Shiels’ in Postcolonial Ireland, Fiona Beckett and Stuart Murray (eds.) special issue of postcolonial studies journal Moving Worlds, Vol. 3, No. 1, Winter 2003, pp. 45-58
2. ‘“inside the immigrant mind”: Nostalgic vs. Nomadic Subjectivities in Late 20th Century Irish Drama’ in Performing Ireland, Brian Singleton and Anna McMullan (eds.) special issue of Australasian Drama Studies, October 2003, pp. 128-147
3. ‘J.M. Synge and the Pitfalls of National Consciousness’ in Theatre Research International, Brian Singleton (ed.) vol. 28, no. 2, Summer 2003, pp. 125-142
4. ‘Brian Friel and the translation of tradition’ in Manuscript, Manchester University Press, Vol. 2, No. 2, Winter 1997/98, pp. 36-47.