Mary Helen McMurran


Associate Professor, Vice-Chair

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

University College 3434
519 661-2111 ext. 85839

Fall 2019 Office Hours: Wednesday 3:30-5:30 pm

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Mary Helen McMurran researches and teaches eighteenth-century literature and critical theory. She is affiliated with the Centre for the Study of Theory and Criticism and the Comparative Literature Program. 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. Her articles on translation have appeared in The Literary Channel, Studies in Eighteenth-Century Culture, Novel: A Forum on Fiction and The Translator. She is currently working on a second book tentatively entitled “Paganism and Sacralization in the Enlightenment” which explores the role of pagan religious practices in European ideas about the relation of matter and spirit. A related article has appeared in The Eighteenth Century: Theory and Interpretation (Fall/Winter 2011). She has taught undergraduate courses in eighteenth-century British literature, the history of criticism and theory, and Jane Austen, and graduate courses on such topics as Atlantic Fiction, Cosmopolitanism, and Eighteenth-Century Theories of Mind and Soul. She has held a SSHRC Standard Research Grant and has held multiple fellowships including the Chateaubriand doctoral research award, 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.