Peter Murray

Peter Murray, PhD Candidate, Receives Harry Ransom and NEMLA Fellowships

Peter Murray, a Ph.D. English candidate, has received not one but two prestigious fellowships: a Harry Ransom Center Dissertation Research Fellowship and Northeast Modern Language Association (NEMLA) 2015 Summer Fellowship Award. These awards will support work on his dissertation, which centers on 1930s feminist writers such as Una Marson, Virginia Woolf, Elizabeth Bowen, and Robin Hyde. In this work, Murray argues that these writers reevaluate the successes and failures of the feminist movement through their representations of precarious children.   

Both awards will allow Murray to do archival research at the Harry Ransom Center at the University of Texas at Austin. While on the Ransom Center Fellowship, he plans to examine the Elizabeth Bowen papers, especially the manuscript materials for her 1935 novel The House in Paris, focusing on Bowen's representation of childhood sexuality. Murray contends that Bowen's aesthetic representation of queer children produces an affective response of dread for both adult characters in the novel as well as the reader. With the NEMLA Award, Peter will extend his time at the Ransom Center in order to consult the feminist magazine Time and Tide (1920-1986) as well as papers by Virginia Woolf, Marie Stopes, and other facilitators of transnational feminist modernism.

In its award letter, NEMLA commended Murray "for successfully competing against a particularly strong group of applicants." Murray's colleagues in Fordham's English department--faculty, staff, and fellow graduate students--echo those congratulations! 

Lincoln Center undergrads publish in EP 10.0

Announcing a very special 10th anniversary issue of EP, a journal dedicated to promoting excellence in first year composition at the Lincoln Center campus.

The idea of eloquentia perfecta has long been central to Jesuit education, and EP draws on the best of that tradition while bringing it into the 21st century. You will find perfect eloquence here in this expository prose, and you will also find extended play: essays that take an idea and break it apart, look at it from a new angle, and remix it, showing it to us anew. 

This year’s issue of EP collects eleven essays, each written in the last year by a Fordham student in a Composition course or in a "Texts and Contexts" course.  Essays investigate family origins and struggles with depression; the nation’s celebrity obsession and the hidden gender assumptions of financial commercials; the effects of smart phones on conversation and the rise of “food deserts;” Radiohead’s critique of modern alienation and street artists’ struggles for societal acceptance; as well as a close reading of Victor Frankenstein’s renegotiation of human boundaries.

These essays represent some of the best Fordham has to offer, and we hope that it impresses, instructs, and inspires others to excel in their writing. The authors and their professors should celebrate the results, as do co-editors Peter Murray and Will Fenton and their faculty advisor Anne Fernald. Pick up a copy today!