Amanda Murphy received her MA and Ph.D. in Slavic Languages and Literatures from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a BA in Mathematics and Russian Studies from Hamilton College. Dr. Murphy has taught Russian language, literature, and culture at Colby College, the University of Alaska Anchorage, the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and Middlebury College.
Dr. Murphy’s research interests include nineteenth-century Russian literature, semiotics, dress and material culture, religious imagery, imperial myth-making, and historical prose. She has recently co-edited a special issue of the journal Clothing Cultures on Dress Culture in Imperial Russia, which included contributions from specialists across a variety of disciplines.
Dr. Murphy’s current book project, Pushkin and Material Culture, developed from her dissertation, “Beyond Tatiana: Pushkin’s Heroines at the Intersection of Life and Art.” This project examines the role of clothing and cultural artifacts in delivering encoded social and political commentary on Catherine the Great’s reign in Russia and its results for later generations. Whereas Pushkin’s ambivalent view of Peter the Great is well studied, his negative opinions of Catherine’s rule are less explored. My methodological approach combines Iurii Lotman’s semiotic theory and Richard Wortman’s concept of “scenarios of power,” to analyze how Pushkin utilized elements of Catherine’s imperial myth to communicate with members of his poetic circle.
Murphy, A., 2017 In : Russian Review. 76, p. 713-731
Scottish Tartans and Romanticism in Russian Culture
Murphy, A., Kirsanova, R., 2016 In : Clothing Cultures. 3, 3,
Preserving the Fabric of the National Family: Traditional Clothing in The Captain’s Daughter
Murphy, A., 2016 In : Clothing Cultures. 3, 3,
Fallen Astronauts: Heroes Who Died Reaching for the Moon, Revised Edition (Colin Burgess and Kate Doolan with Bert Vis, 2016)
Murphy, A., 2016 In : Slavic and East European Journal.
’She Troubles Me Like a Passion’; Shakespearean Echoes in Pushkin's Marina Mniszek
Murphy, A., 2011 In : Pushkin Review. 14,
Brief Lives: Alexander Pushkin (Robert Chandler, 2009)
Murphy, A., 2010 In : Slavic and East European Journal. 54, 4,
The Generation Gap, or Belarusian Differences in Goals, Values & Strategy
Kaminski, A., Dynko, A., Bulhakau, V., Murphy, A., 2008The Lazarski School of Commerce and Law,