Mary Helen McMurran


Associate Professor
Chair of Graduate Studies in English

Ph.D.; New York University
M.A.; New York University
B.A.; St. John's College

University College 3434
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Mary Helen McMurran researches and teaches eighteenth-century literature. She is currently working on a second book which explores the idea of embodied soul in early eighteenth-century lyric poetry and philosophy. Her articles have appeared in ELH, Cambridge Critical Concepts, Eighteenth-Century Studies, Studies in Eighteenth-Century Culture, Novel: A Forum on Fiction and The Translator. Her first book, The Spread of Novels: Translation and Prose Fiction in the Eighteenth Century (Princeton 2009) investigates how the literary form of the novel emerged as the result of a shift in translation culture during the eighteenth century.  She has taught undergraduate courses on topics in eighteenth-century British literature, Jane Austen, and the history of criticism and theory, and graduate courses on such topics as Poetic Consciousness and Eighteenth-Century Theories of Mind and Soul. She has held a SSHRC Standard Research Grant, a SSHRC Insight grant, and has held multiple fellowships including a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Chicago, an NEH fellowship at the Huntington Library, and short-term fellowships at the Huntington Library and the William Andrews Clark Memorial Library.