Personal profile


I am a specialist in British Romanticism, with particular interests in Orientalism, Irish studies, and the reception of the classical tradition. Primarily I work on the poetry of Samuel Taylor Coleridge, William Wordsworth, and John Keats, with attention to other authors such as Joanna Baillie, Sara Coleridge, Edward Gibbon, Charles Lamb, and Thomas de Quincey. Increasingly I am drawn to nineteenth-century interdisciplinarity, particularly the relation of literary texts to material culture. I’m also an author of narrative non-fiction. What unites these themes is a fascination with what happens when different cultures come into contact; whether it’s the way that ninteenth-century authors reinterpret classical myth, or how Zen traditions pass into modern settings.

Research interests

Victorian literature
Anglo-Irish literature
Classical reception
The Gothic
Narrative non-fiction

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Research Output 2013 2016

Coleridge, Isherwood and Hindu light

Murray, C. 1 Oct 2016 In : Romanticism. 22, 3, p. 269-278 10 p.

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Greeks on de Quincey's Chinese stage: Orientalism, opium warfare, and the 'Theory of Greek Tragedy'

Murray, C. 1 Dec 2015 In : Classical Receptions Journal. 7, 3, p. 314-332 19 p.

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“Wonderful Nonsense”: Confucianism in the British Romantic Period

Murray, C. 2015 In : Interdisciplinary Literary Studies. 17, 4, p. 593-616 24 p.

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Discharged Soldiery: Wordsworth, Cobbett, and Military Corruption in the 1790s

Murray, C. 2014 In : Essays in Romanticism. 21, 1, p. 35–52 18 p.

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