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Dr. John B. Murphy

John B. Murphy

Assistant Professor
Department of English

Phone: 478-934-3694

Office Hours: Monday to Thursday, 1:00 to 4:00, By Appointment, Roberts Library 231 or Microsoft Teams
Biography: I grew up in Sandersville, Georgia, in the middle of everywhere -- or in the middle of Macon and Augusta, Atlanta and Savannah, at least.

I earned my BA and MA in English at the University of Georgia in Athens, where I also worked at Wuxtry Records and wrote for Flagpole Magazine.

I earned my PhD in English at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, where I also served terms as Director of the Writing Center and as Assistant Professor on the General Faculty.

Since 2019, I've lived in Bonaire, near Warner Robins, and taught primarily on MGA's campus in Cochran.

I'm a member of the MGA Faculty Senate and serve as Coordinator for the MGA Writing Center's Cochran branch.

My interests as a scholar include:

Modern and Contemporary World Literature
Modern and Contemporary British Literature

Literary Romanticism
Literary Realism
Literary Modernism

Popular Fiction: Horror, Crime, Science Fiction, Fantasy
Graphic Fiction: Comic Strips, Comic Books, Manga, Bandes Dessinées

I have a special interest in the trio of Henry James, Joseph Conrad, and Ford Madox Ford and the relationship of Virtue Ethics and Literary Character both in their own work and in the work of other writers of their place and time: Literary London before and after World War One.

Courses: ENGL 1101: College Composition I
ENGL 1102: College Composition II
ENGL 2112: World Literature II
ENGL 2122: British Literature II
ENGL 3900: On-Campus Internship (The Writing Center)
Education: PhD in English, University of Virginia
MA in English, University of Georgia
AB in English, University of Georgia
Professional Experience: Assistant Professor - Middle Georgia State University
Assistant Professor (General Faculty) - University of Virginia
Assistant Professor (Adjunct) - Piedmont Virginia Community College
Director, The Writing Center, University of Virginia
Graduate Instructor, University of Virginia
Graduate Research Assistant, University of Georgia
Teacher - Brentwood School (Sandersville)

Awards and Honors: Outstanding Graduate Teaching Assistant, University of Virginia
Honors Program Graduate, Cum Laude, University of Georgia
Publications: “The ’Ind Legs of The Elephink: Pantomime, Prophecy and Tosh in Parade’s End,” in Ashley Chantler and Rob Hawkes eds, Ford Madox Ford’s Parade’s End: The First World War, Culture, and Modernity. Amsterdam and New York: Rodopi, 2014.

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