French and Italian
Department Chairs:
Libby Murphy
Rice 10

Administrative Assistant:
Blanche Villar

Department Email:

Phone: (440) 775-5257
Fax: (440) 775-6888

Peters Hall 301
50 N. Professor St.
Oberlin, Ohio, 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 2:00-3:20 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.

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