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This page outlines my CV and publications. For further details of my work please use the tabs above.

Current Position
I am an IAS Junior Research Fellow in English Studies at Durham University, where I also serve on the advisory board for the Centre for Nineteenth-Century Studies (CNCS).

I am a specialist in nineteenth-century literature, with particular interests in Classical Reception and Orientalism. My current project examines the place of Classical culture in British engagements with China, from the 1793 Macartney Embassy to the destruction of the Summer Palace in 1860.

Here's an interview about my first book and current projects.

Academic Career


Peer-Reviewed Articles

Essays in Edited Collections

  • 'Shakespeare and Dante', in Keats in Context, ed. by Michael O'Neill (Cambridge University Press, 2016)
  • 'Gothic Daemon', in Twin Peaks, ed. by Marisa C. Hayes and Franck Boulegue, Fan Phenomena Series (London: Intellect Press, 2013)

Published Fiction


  • Jeremy Tambling, Hölderlin and the Poetry of Tragedy, in BARS Bulletin (forthcoming)
  • Reeve Parker, Romantic Tragedies: The Dark Employments of Wordsworth, Coleridge, and Shelley, in Romanticism 19.1 (2013) 109-11

Current Projects

  • Classical Cathay: Imagining China 1793-1860 (book mss in progress)

Conference and Colloquium Papers

  • ‘Greeks on de Quincey's Chinese Stage: Opium Wars and the Theory of Greek Tragedy‘, Transcultural Imaginaries Conference, Singapore, June 2013
  • ‘Discharged Soldiery: Wordsworth and William Cobbett', Wordsworth Summer Conference, Grasmere, August 2012
  • ‘“Disgusting Brutes”: Romantic Classicists and the Scene of Adapting Greek Tragedy’, Citizens of the World: Adapting (in) the Eighteenth Century, Singapore, June 2012
  • 'Romantic Confucius: Reading Confucian Philosophy in the British Romantic Period', Asian Studies Association of Hong Kong Conference, Hong Kong, March 2012
  • ‘Coleridge the Sage’, Coleridge Summer Conference, Cannington, July 2010
  • ‘Paging the Stage: Coleridge’s Tragic Fragments’, Staging the Page Conference, Swansea, March 2008
  • ‘Coleridge’s Tragic Stage’, Wordsworth Summer Conference, Grasmere, August 2007
  • ‘Coleridge and the Daemons of Oedipus’, Coleridge Summer Conference, Cannington, July 2006
  • ‘Byron, Sport and the Classics’, International Student Byron Conference, Messolonghi, May 2004

Invited Talks

  • ‘Romanticism and the Idea of Tragedy‘, Universiti Sains Malaysia, Penang, July 2013

  • ‘Coleridge and “Real Life” Tragedy’, Coleridge Study Weekend, Kilve, September 2006

Awards and Grants

  • Marie Curie/Wellcome Trust JRF award (2013-15)
  • Postdoctoral Fellowship, Nanyang Technological University (2011-13)
  • Coleridge Conference Bursary (2010)
  • Doctoral Fellowship Programme, Humanities Research Centre, University of Warwick (2007)
  • Wordsworth Summer Conference Bursary (2007)
  • Charles Lamb Society award (2006)
  • The Newby Trust Educational Grant (2006)
  • Friends of Coleridge award (2005)
  • New Media Award, University of Bristol Students’ Union (2004)
  • Chatterton Bursary for Romantic Studies, University of Bristol (2003)

Current Teaching

  • Literature of the Romantic Period
  • Victorian Literature



Contact: chris dot murray at durham dot ac dot uk

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