Stephen Murphy

StephenMurphy-websitephotoStephen Murphy

Ph.D. in Comparative Literature
Professor of French

Office: Greene Hall 509
Phone: (336) 758-5492

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.


1979 BA summa cum laude, Canisius College, Buffalo NY (English)

1980 MA, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (Comparative Literature)

1987 PhD, UNC-Chapel Hill (Comparative Literature)


The Gift of Immortality. Myths of Power and Humanist Poetics (Madison, NJ: Fairleigh Dickinson UP, 1997)

[Editor, with introduction and notes:] Marsilio Ficino, Commentaire sur le Banquet de Platon, French trans. Jean de La Haye (1546) (Paris: H. Champion, 2004)

[Co-editor, under the direction of Astrid Steiner-Weber and Karl Enenkel] Acta Conventus Neo-Latini Monasteriensis (Leiden-Boston: Brill, 2015)

[Co-editor, with François Rouget and Colette Winn, and translator (Latin/Spanish/Greek to French):] Poésies en hommage à la famille des L’Aubespine-Neufville-Villeroy : le Ms. 1663 du Fonds français de la BnF, forthcoming from Classiques Garnier

Recent Articles:

“Diane et la disperata,” in Le mythe de Diane au XVIe siècle, ed. Marie-Dominique Legrand and Jean-Raymond Fanlo (Paris: H. Champion, 2002)

“The Capilupi, Masters of Cento,” in Acta Conventus Neo-Latini Cantabrigiensis (Tempe, AZ: Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, 2003)

“Guillaume Briçonnet,” in Centuriae latinae: Mélanges M.-M. de La Garanderie, ed. Colette Nativel (Geneva: Droz, 2006)

Maro mutatus in melius? The Form and Fortune of Lelio Capilupi’s In Feminas,” in Acta Conventus Neo-Latini Bonnensis (Tempe: ACMRS, 2006)

“Il paesaggio virgiliano et la sua fortuna parodica ,” in Mediterra-noesis, ed. Roberta Morosini and Cristina Perissinotto (Rome: Salerno Editore, 2007)

“Pontus de Tyard et le ficinisme tardif,” in Pontus de Tyard, errances et enracinement, ed. François Rouget (Paris : H. Champion, 2008)

“Philology and Torture,” Acta Conventus Neo-Latini Budapestinensis (Tempe, AZ: ACMRS, 2010)

“Carmen et error” (review essay), postmedieval 4 (2013)

“Le Prince dialogique: Franciscus atque Budaeus,” Actes du Colloque François Ier, forthcoming from Classiques Garnier

“Aubigné, Josephus, and Useful Betrayal,” in Renaissance Itineraries, under review by Brill

Recent Presentations:

“Aletheia and Pasquino, or Truth and Poetry in the Autobiography of Jacques-Auguste de Thou,” International Association for Neo-Latin Studies, August 2012

“Flavius Josephus and Useful Betrayal in Autobiography and History,” Sixteenth Century Studies, October 2012

“The Wanderings of Pasquino, or Polemic in the City,” Renaissance Society of America, April 2013

“Thuanus poeta bellicosus et pacificus,” Sixteenth Century Studies, October 2013

“Loyola and the Chamber of Secrets,” Renaissance Society of America, March 2014

“Why Write to the King in a Language He Cannot Understand?” Renaissance Society of America meeting, March

“What Our Fathers Cost Us,” Kentucky Foreign Language Conference, April 2015: Session “Remembering Richard Regosin”

“De Robert Campin à l’Arioste,” invited lecture for Miami University (Ohio) Summer study program in France, Musée des Beaux-Arts, Dijon, June 2015

“Le Prince dialogique: Franciscus atque Budaeus,” International Colloquium on François Ier, Queen’s University, September 2015

Work in progress

Book manuscript: “Aubigné and de Thou between autobiography, history, and polemic: the epic poets of the French civil wars”

Presentation: “Parrhesia, or the Historian in the Polis,” for Renaissance Society of America meeting, March 2016