PhD in Comparative Literature
Stephen Murphy earned his PhD in Comparative Literature from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He teaches all levels of French language, literature, and culture, including Poetry (FRH 363) and seminars (FRH 370) on “Literature and truth in autobiography” and “Adventures in narrative.” He regularly directs the WFU study abroad program in Dijon. He has published a book about the poetics of Renaissance humanism, The Gift of Immortality, an edition of Marsilio Ficino’s Le Banquet d’amour de Platon (1546), and articles on early modern poetry and poetics in France and Italy. His current research centers on autobiography, history, and polemic during the French civil wars of the 16th-17th centuries.