Thompson Rivers University
Thompson Rivers University

Peter Murphy

Peter Murphy

Peter Murphy

Name: Professor Peter Murphy
Affiliation: English
Phone: 250-828-5260

Research Interests

Samuel Beckett, Modern Irish Literature (Joyce in particular), Critical Theory, Literature and Philosophy, Prison Literature, B.C. Penitentiary, Co-director with Dr. Jennifer Murphy of the Anthony Martin Collection housed in the Old Courthouse in Kamloops; the archival components housed in the Law Library, Thompson Rivers University


B.A. (Honours English), University of British Columbia; Master of Arts (UBC); Trinity College Dublin; Higher Diploma in Anglo-Irish Literature; University of Reading, England, Ph.D.


Beckett in Popular Culture, co-editor with Nick Pawliuk, McFarland, 2016.
The Anthony Martin BC Penitentiary Collection at the Old Courthouse, John Howard Society Publication, 2012.
Beckett's Dedalus: Dialogical Engagements with Joyce in Beckett's Fiction, University of Toronto Press, 2009.
Paroled for Life: Interviews with Parolees Serving Life Sentences, with Loyd Johnsen and Jennifer Murphy, New Star Books, 2002.
Coyote U: Stories and Teachings from the Secwepemc Education Institute, with George Nicholas and Marianne Ignace, Theytus Books, 1999.
Sentences and Paroles: A Prison Reader (Foreword by Robert Kroetsch), with Jennifer Murphy, New Star Books, 19998.
Life-25: Interviews with Prisoners Serving Life Sentences, with Loyd Johnsen, New Star Books, 1997.
Critique of Beckett Criticism: A Guide to Research in English, French, and German, with Werner Huber, Rolf Breuer, and Konrad Schoell, Camben House, 1994.
Reconstructing Beckett: Language for Being in Samuel Beckett's Fiction, University of Toronto Press, 1990.

Employment History

Coordinator of the Simon Fraser Prison Education Programme (1980-1990)
Professor of English, Department of English at Thompson Rivers University, 1990-

Courses Taught

English 1100 (first year composition)
English 1110(introduction to prose fiction)
English 2110 (survey of British literature)
English 3100 (European Literature in Translation)
English 3320 (Modern Critical Theories)
English 4040 (The Modern British Novel)
English 4140 (The Contemporary British Novel)
English 4160 (Topics in Modern Irish Literature Joyce and Beckett)
English 4460 (Postcolonial Literature African)
English 4470 (Aboriginal Literatures North American)