Patrick Dennis Murphy

Patrick Dennis Murphy

Murphy, Patrick Dennis


             Patrick D Murphy CV.pdf

   Prof. Murphy, the founding editor of the authoritative journal of ecocriticism ISLE: Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and Environment from 1992 to 1995, served as Chair of English Department at the University of Central Florida

from 2010-2015. He is acknowledged as a specialist on ecofeminism.

   As a major contributor to academic journals on ecocriticism, he has published 7 authored works, 11 edited books, and more than 90 influential articles. He also acts as editor and referee for more than 20 journals and as manuscript consultant reader for more than 10 publishing houses.

   Prof. Murphy received his PhD in English from the University of California at Davis.

Main Works

Persuasive Aesthetic Ecocritical Praxis (2015)

Transversal Ecocritical Praxis: Theoretical Arguments, Literary Analysis, and Cultural Critique (2013)

Ecocritical Explorations in Literary and Cultural Studies (2009)

Farther Afield in the Study of Nature Oriented Literature (2000)

A Place for Wayfaring: The Poetry and Prose of Gary Snyder ( 2000)

Literature, Nature, and Other: Ecofeminist Critiques (1995)

Understanding Gary Snyder (1992)

The Literature of Nature: An International Sourcebook (ed., 1998)  

Essentials of the Theory of Fiction, co-edited with Michael J. Hoffman (1988, rev. & exp., 1996,  3rd rev. , 2005)

Books Translated into Chinese

Practicing Ecocriticism, trans. Zhang Hua (forthcoming 2015)

Ecofeminist Literary Criticism and Pedagogy, co-edited with Greta Gaard, trans. Lin Jiang (2013)

Selected Articles on Gary Snyder

Gary Snyder and Materialism (2005)

Mythic and Fantastic: Gary Snyder’s Mountains and Rivers without End (1999)

Gary Snyder: An International Perspective (1999)

Anotherness and Inhabitation in Recent Multicultural American Literature (1998)

Robinson Jeffers, Gary Snyder, and the Problem of Civilization (1995)

Penance or Perception: Spirituality and Land in the Poetry of Gary Snyder and Wendell Berry (1986)





Title: From Dialogics Through Transversality Toward Complexity Integration in Ecocritical Analysis

Abstract: In order to develop an argument or even just to think about an event, phenomenon or other actant in the world, we engage in reductionist practices in order to determine significant factors, to limit variables, and to focus attention. In literary criticism we choose examples that fit our argument and either ignore or discount other aspects of the text at lying outside our purview. Through the selection of a particular or theories to orient our analysis we reduce our consideration to those elements that the theory foregrounds. Although unavoidable, often we treat our theories as comprehensive and adequate to the texts and the world they represent, even though they are, at best, only adequate for our specific orientation or task at hand. Although unavoidable, we can find ways to recognize our reductionist maneuvers and to expand continuously the range of theories, concepts, and variables that we take into account and make count as we develop a global ecocritical analysis.

   Ecocriticism as an international field began with serious problems of reductionism and has undergone, especially as it moved onto the world academic stage as a viable and recognized area of academic inquiry, a virtually continuous process of refinement, expansion, broadening of scope and reworking of basic concepts. That has come about largely as a result of the diversity of its community of practitioners, but also through the intellectual diversification of individual critics. Here I will discuss my own journey through dialogics to transversality and to suggest ways by which we can work toward an integration of complexity for both the one and the many.