Alexander Murphy joined Kenyon in 2022. His research centers on modern Japan with a focus on the relationship between sound, language, and the body across literature, media and performance. In these settings, he is attentive to how aurality enlivens subject formation and social life in transmedial and border-crossing practice, and how the study of voice and sound can be brought to bear on matters of race, gender, and mobility. This concern also animates a range of teaching interests including transpacific cultural production, modernism and the global jazz age, popular and avant-garde performance, and media theory from the 1920s to the present.
Murphy’s current book project explores the aesthetics and politics of the voice in interwar Japan at the intersection of music, poetry and public speech. He is also a musician and translator of Japanese literature and criticism.
Areas of Expertise
Modern Japanese literature and cultural history, sound and performance, media studies
2022 — Doctor of Philosophy from University of Chicago
2014 — Master of Arts from Columbia University
2010 — Bachelor of Arts from Kenyon College