Dr Julian Murphet

PhD Camb, BA MPhil
Senior Lecturer

+61 2 9351 3841

Julian Murphet's research is directed at American culture since 1900, specifically to the shifting place of literature in a technologically driven and mass-media governed, capitalist social space. He has a parallel interest in world cinema history, and bases much of his current work on the claim that film and literature cannot be considered independently of one another. Julian Murphet has worked at Cambridge, Oxford and Berkeley.

Research areas

Current projects

  • The Cinematic Imagination’, a study of the impact of cinematic representation on modes of literary production in America; pre- and post-WWII.
  • Ethics of Cinema
  • Politics of Screen Cultures
  • Modernism and Masculinity

Selected publications


  • Literature and Visual Technologies, edited with Lydia Rainford (Palgrave: Houndmills & New York, 2003)
  • Bret Easton Ellis's American Psycho (Continuum: New York, 2002)
  • Literature and Race in Los Angeles (Cambridge UP: Cambridge, 2001)

Book Chapters

  • "Alain Badiou and Cultural Studies," in Gary Hall & Clare Birchall, eds. New Cultural Studies: Adventures in Theory (Edinburgh UP: Edinburgh, 2005 - in press, contract signed Oct. 2004)
  • "Plot and Story in Film," "Time in Film," "Voice in Film," "Point of View in Film," in Helen Fulton, ed. Narrative and Media (Cambridge UP: Cambridge, 2005 - in press, contract signed Sep. 2004)
  • "Fiction and Postmodernism," in Laura Marcus and Peter Nicholls, eds. The Cambridge History of Twentieth-Century English Literature (The New Cambridge History of English Literature) (Cambridge UP: Cambridge, 2005)
  • "Postmodernism and Space," in Steven Connor, ed. The Cambridge Companion to Postmodernism (Cambridge UP: Cambridge, 2004)
  • "Gertrude Stein's Machinery of Perception," in Murphet and Rainford eds. Literature and Visual Technologies (Palgrave: Houndmills & New York, 2003)
  • "Introduction," with Lydia Rainford in Murphet and Rainford eds. Literature and Visual Technologies (Palgrave: Houndmills & New York, 2003)
  • "Multiculturalism and the End of Jazz," (with Desmond King) in Robert Singh, ed. American Politics and Society Today (Polity: Oxford, 2002)

Journal Articles

Reviews and Other Pieces

  • Review of Jean-Francios Lyotard, Friedrich Nietzsche and Jacques Derrida (Routledge Critical Thinkers Series) in Literature and Aesthetics (Sydney: June 2004): 161-167
  • "September 11 Has Changed Literary Studies" Australian Humanities Review