Peter Murphy

Professor of English
Director, University Studies Program

"My approach to education can be described best as interactive, respectful, and challenging. Students learn best, I believe, when they are directly involved in the educational experience, and when their knowledge is incorporated into the course. That is not to say that students and teachers come to a course with the same background, but rather to suggest that students arrive with their own kind of knowledge and experience, and that education occurs when the breadth and depth of knowledge possessed by all participants is incorporated into the learning experience."

Peter Murphy


Ph.D., English Literature - State University of New York (SUNY) at Buffalo
M.A., English Literature - SUNY at Buffalo
M.A., Political Economy - University of Toronto
B.A., Political Science - State University College at Potsdam


Feminism and Masculinities, ed. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press, 2004 [a volume in the "Oxford Readings in Feminism" book series].
Studs, Tools, and the Family Jewels: Metaphors Men Live By. Madison, WI: University of Wisconsin Press, 2001.
Fictions of Masculinity: Crossing Cultures, Crossing Sexualities, ed. New York: New York University Press, 1994.
Writings By and About Georg Lukacs: A Bibliography of English References. New York: American Institute for Marxist Studies, 1976.

Highlighted Publications


"The Levee," "Dirty Face, Cripple & Wild," and "Voyage VII."The Café Review,
Spring 2013.
"Underwater." New Madrid, Winter 2011: 97.
"For Good." Birmingham Poetry Review, Spring 2010: 74.

Scholarly Publications:

"Men, Masculinities, and Feminism." International Encyclopedia of Men and Masculinities. Eds. M. Flood, J. K. Gardiner, B. Pease, and K. Pringle. London & New York: Routledge, 2007.
"Living By His Wits: The Buffoon and Male Survival." Signs, Summer 2006: 1125-1142.
"Insidious Humor and the Construction of Masculinity." Mattoid (Australian), special international issue on "Examining/Experiencing Masculinities." 1999: 61-73.
"'To Write What Cannot Be Written': The Woman Writer and Male Authority in John Hawkes's Virginie: Her Two Lives." Men Writing the Feminine. Ed. Thaïs Morgan. State University of New York Press, 1994: 77-88.
"Cultural Studies as Praxis." College Literature, June 1992: 31-43.
"Male Heterosexuality in John Hawkes's The Passion Artist." Twentieth Century Literature, Winter 1991: 403-418.
"The Art of Pool," The Buffalo News, December 1985.

Courses Taught

20th-Century American Poetry
American Fiction: 1920-present
American Literature II, 1890-present
Introduction to Multicultural, Class and Gender Studies
The American Novel
The Short Story

Areas of Specialization

19th-Century American Literature
20th-Century American Literature
The Short Story
Gender Studies

Awards and Distinctions

15 years of service recognition, Murray State University, 2013
Sewanee Writer's Conference, The University of the South, July 14 – 25, 2009
Presidential Research Fellowship, Murray State University, 2003 – 2004
Faculty Internationalization Award, Murray State University, 2003 – 2004
Kentucky Humanities Council Speakers Bureau, 2000 – present.

- "The Discourse of Male Bonding"
- "Feminism and Masculinity"

Professional Memberships and Affiliations

American Academy of Poets


Dr. Peter Murphy
7C-12 Faculty Hall
Murray State University
Murray KY 42071-3341