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Murray Brown

Associate Professor

Ph.D., University of Nebraska


Eighteenth-Century British Literature


Dr. Brown specializes in 18th-century fiction but has also published on Chaucer, 19th-century British poetry, American Civil War correspondence, the British popular press, 18th-century European painting, emblemology, and a number of other subjects. He specializes in the novels of Samuel Richardson. Dr. Brown has recently served as President of the South-Central Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies and as editor of Studies in the Literary Imagination. His current project is a screen adaptation of Fanny Burney’s Evelina.


“T. C. Duncan Eaves, Ben D. Kimpel, and the Life: A Brief and Apologetic Memoir.” 1650-1850: Ideas, Aesthetics and Inquiries in the Early Modern Era. Vol. 9 (2003), pp. 327-337.

“Dangerous Dreamers: Eighteenth-Century Religious Visionaries.” Book article. “The Dream in the Enlightenment.” International Society for Eighteenth-Century (ISECS). Paris: Honoré Champion (2003), pp. 117-134.

“Satire and Spectatorship in Philippe Jacques de Loutherbourg’s A Midsummer’s Afternoon with a Methodist Preacher: Wesley, Swedenborg, and the Gospel According to Luke,” 1650-1850: Ideas, Aesthetics and Inquiries in the Early Modern Era. Vol. 8 (2003), pp. 119-134.

“George Washington in the British Popular Press, 1776-1783.” Book article. George Washington in and as Culture (AMS Press, 2001), pp. 107-119.

“Poets, the Passion, and the Prince: Eustache Deschamps’ `Ballade to Chaucer,” in Chaucer and His French Contemporaries, R. Barton Palmer, ed. (New York: AMS, 1999), 187-216.

“The dream and the Enlightenment: A Bibliography.” Contributor. Professor Manfred Engel, comp. 1999.

“Discussion of Clarissa and the establishment of real-time reading.” Contributor.

“Authorship and Generic Exploitation: Why Lovelace Must Fear Clarissa,” Studies in the Novel30.2 (1998), 246-59.

“Robert Browning’s `In a Gondola’: Sources and Circumstances,” 1650-1850: Ideas, Aesthetics, and Inquiries in the Early Modern Era. Vol. 3 (1997) 171-88.

“The `tyger-hearted’ Men and `that Obelisk behind us’: Representations of Sexual Violence in Samuel Richardson’s Sir Charles Grandison.” Philological Quarterly 75.4 (1996) 451-70.

Lois Bueler’s Clarissa’s PlotsStudies in the Novel (review article), 28.1 (1996).

“Conflicting Dreams: Lovelace and the Oneirocritical Reader,” Eighteenth-Century Life 19.3 (1995) 1-21.

“Editor’s Comment: Richardson Discovers the Modern Imagination,” Studies in the Literary Imagination 28.1 (1995) 1-5.

“Emblemata Rhetorica: Glossing Emblematic Discourse in Richardson’s Clarissa,” Studies in the Novel 27.4 (1995) 455-76.

John P. Zomchick’s Family and the Law in Eighteenth-Century Fiction, Studies in the Novel(review article), 27.2 (1995).

“Learning to Read Richardson: Pamela, ‘Speaking Pictures,’ and the Visual Hermeneutic,”Studies in the Novel 25.2 (1993) 129-51.

“The Civil War Letters of James W. Old,” Manuscripts 42.2 (1990) 129-42.

“The Order of the Passion of Jesus Christ: A Reconsideration of Eustache Deschamps’s `Ballade to Chaucer,’” Mediaevalia 11 (1985 [1989]) 219-44.

“Richardson’s Colbrand: The Figure of Wrath in the Renaissance and in Pamela,” Studies in Iconography 11 (1987) 205-230.