Michael Murrin

English/Comparative Literature

Michael Murrin is the Raymond W. and Martha Hilpert Gruner Distinguished Service Professor in the Departments of English Language and Literature and Comparative Literature; he also holds an appointment in the Divinity School. He has published three books: The Veil of Allegory (1969), The Allegorical Epic (1980), and History and Warfare in Renaissance Epic (1994). He is currently finishing a fourth book, which concerns the impact of trade into Asia, by land or sea, and its effect on heroic stories in Western Europe from Marco Polo to Milton. For his next project, he will study medieval heroic literature including Beowulf.