Comparative Literature
Department Chair:
Jed Deppman

Administrative Assistant:
Brenda Snell

Department Email:

Phone: (440) 775-8345

King Building 125
10 N. Professor St.
Oberlin, OH, 44074

Elah (Libby) Murphy

Elah (Libby) Murphy

Associate Professor of French, Chair

Contact Information


Rice 10
(440) 775-5402

Personal Office Hours:
Monday, Wednesday and Friday 3:30-4:30 and by appointment. Sign-up sheet outside Rice 10.

Libby Murphy

Elah (Libby) Murphy

Educational Background

  • Bachelor of Arts, University Georgia Athens, 1997
  • Master of Arts, University of Virginia, 1999
  • Doctor of Philosophy, Stanford University, 2006

Libby Murphy teaches courses in modern and contemporary French literature and in advanced conversation, composition, and textual analysis. Her research interests center on French literature and culture of the First World War, the history of French journalism, and theories of the novel. She has published articles on print culture and the First World War, on literary representations of the French Infantryman or poilu, and on the reception in wartime and postwar France of the films of Charlie Chaplin. She is currently working on a cultural history of the First World War that develops the literary mode of the picaresque as a conceptual framework for understanding the ways in which French novelists, journalists, graphic artists and cultural critics attempted to make sense of the Great War.