Rebecca Marie Murray

Rebecca’s dissertation, entitled “Sense, Reason and Romantic Form: A Study of Aesthetics and Rhetoric from Empiricism to Romanticism,” focuses on the interrelationship between sense and reason as seen in the aesthetic and rhetorical patterns of empiricism and romanticism, specifically, in the works of William Godwin, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, William Wordsworth, Percy Bysshe Shelley and Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley.

Rebecca completed her BA (2013-2016) and MA (2016-2017) in Modern Literature at University College Cork, Ireland. She tutored there with the student support services before relocating to Prague in 2019. Rebecca’s research interests also include law and literature, classical liberalism, and individualist anarchism.

Contact: rebeccamurray94 (at)

Conference presentations

“Rational Self-Interest in Ursula Le Guin’s The Dispossessed,” Irish Association for American Studies, Postgraduate Conference, Trinity College, Dublin, Nov. 2017.

“Exchanges through Experience: Godwinian Circumstance of the 1790s,” British Association of Romantic studies, Postgraduate Conference, Glasgow University, Glasgow, Jun. 2018.

“Pattern Women: False Sensibility, Art Discourse and the Rhetoric of Reputation in Maria Edgeworth’s Belinda,” Romantic Reputations Symposium, Nottingham University, Apr. 2021.

“Gambling, Capital and Self-Regulation: Adventure-Making as Risk-Taking in Godwin’s St. Leon (1799),” Hermes Consortium for Literary and Cultural Studies, “Space, Affect, Memory: Performances and Representations”, Jun. 2021.

“As high as we have mounted in delight/In our dejection do we sink as low: Sensibility, Polarity and Romantic Flux in William Wordsworth’s “Resolution and Independence,” 6th International Conference of English and American Studies, Silesian University, Sept. 2021.

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