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Sara Murphy

Sara Murphy

Clinical Assistant Professor
B.A., Sarah Lawrence College, 1984
M.A., New York University, 1988
Ph.D. Comparative Literature,, New York University, 1997

Sara Murphy’s research and teaching interests include literature and philosophy, critical theory, feminist and gender studies and 19th-century literary cultures. Her Gallatin courses have included “Literary and Cultural Theory;” “Sex, Gender, Nature, Culture; and Gender, Sexuality, and Self-Representation,” as well as courses in romanticism and the 19th-century and 20th-century novel. She has also taught at Rutgers, SUNY Albany, York College at the City University of New York, and NYU’s General Studies Program. Professor Murphy’s current projects include an exploration of the concept of consent in literature and political theory and a collection of essays on the representation of sexual violence in law and culture. Her work appears in such publications as Hypatia; Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society; Philosophy & Social Criticism; Studies in Law, Politics and Society; The Oxford Encyclopedia of Women in World History; Feminists Contest Politics and Philosophy; and a/b: Auto/Biography Studies, as well as several forthcoming essay collections. Her research has been supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities and the NYU Dean’s Dissertation Fellowship, among others. In 2003, she received the Gallatin Adviser of Distinction Award and in 2011 the Gallatin Excellence in Teaching Award.


Read a recent feature on Murphy and two students from her Legal Fictions course on how the course has developed and highlights from the students' perspectives.

Professor Sara Murphy presented her paper “Boundaries, Bodies, and Juridical Norms: Wilkie Collins’ Man and Wife,” at the Midwest Modern Language Association Annual Convention in Milwaukee, WI, in November 2013. She read her paper “Wilkie Collins, Jurisdiction, and the Life of Modern Law,” at the Victorian Interdisciplinary Studies Association of the Western United States Conference “Victorian Modernities” which was held in Portland, OR, in November 2013. Her essay “‘The Hereditary Taint in Her Blood:’ Madwomen, Murderesses, and Mens Rea in Sensation Fiction” appeared in the March 2014 issue of Interdisciplinary Nineteenth Century Studies. Her essay “Heart, Science, and Regulation: Victorian Anti-Vivisection Discourse and the Human,” is forthcoming in 2014 in Law and Literature.  


Contact Information

Sara Murphy

Clinical Assistant Professor
1 Wash Pl, Room 612
(212) 992-7755
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Office Hours
Monday 3:30-5:30
Tuesday 2-4
Wednesday 3:30-5:30

Research and Teaching Interests

comparative studies in 19th- and 20th-century literature and culture; women’s writing; gender theory; psychoanalysis; literature and political theory

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