Claire Masurel-Murray is Assistant Professor in English and Irish literature at Sorbonne Université. .


A former student of the Ecole Normale Supérieure, Claire Masurel-Murray’s research focuses on the aesthetics of Catholicism in English Decadent literature.

In 2011, she published Le Calice vide : L’imaginaire catholique dans la littérature décadente anglaise (Presses de la Sorbonne Nouvelle) and has since co-edited a special issue of Cahiers victoriens et édouardiens on Paganism in Late-Victorian Britain (2015) with Charlotte Ribeyrol. She has also published several articles and book chapters on religion and literature in the Victorian Fin de Siècle.

Role within Chromotope

Claire Masurel-Murray is VALE partner for the Chromotope project. She will co-organize with Charlotte Ribeyrol the Sorbonne closing conference of the project which will explore colour in literature.


Selected publications

  • Claire Masurel-Murray, ‘“I am not a Catholic, I am simply a violent Papist”: Oscar Wilde’s Protestant “Romishness”’ (Chapter 10), in Wilde’s Other Worlds, ed. Michael F. Davis and Petra Dierkes-Thrun, Routledge Studies in Nineteenth-Century Literature, New York and London: Routledge, 2018.


    Claire Masurel-Murray, ‘“White Alb and Scarlet Camail”: The Colours of Catholicism in Fin-de-Siècle Literature’ (Chapter 9), in The Colours of the Past in Victorian England, ed. Charlotte Ribeyrol, Oxford, Bern, Berlin, Brussels, Frankfurt am Main, New York, Wien: Peter Lang, 2016.

  • Claire Masurel-Murray,  ‘Entre “Old pagan temples” et “Christian sanctuaries” (Pater 1885 : II, 124) : monuments catholiques dans la littérature fin de siècle anglaise’, in Monument et Modernité dans l’art et la littérature britanniques et américains, ed. Catherine Lanone, Cécile Roudeau, Charlotte Gould, Antonia Rigaud, Marc Porée, and Christine Savinel, Paris: Presses de la Sorbonne Nouvelle, 2015.

  • Claire Masurel-Murray, ‘Entre mythes helléniques et récits édifiants : hagiographies parodiques dans Under the Hill d’Aubrey Beardsley et Stories Toto Told Mede Frederick Rolfe’,Polysèmes, 13, ‘La Transparence’, ed.Marie Lanieland Pascale Tollance, 2015 (

  • Claire Masurel-Murray and Charlotte Ribeyrol (ed.), ‘Paganism in Late Victorian Britain’, Cahiers victoriens et édouardiens, 80, Autumn 2014.

  • Claire Masurel-Murray, ‘Conversions to Catholicism among Fin de Siècle writers: A Spiritual and Literary Genealogy’, Cahiers victoriens et édouardiens, 76, ‘Believing in Victorian Times’, ed. Bénédicte Coste, November 2012.

  • Claire Masurel-Murray, Le Calice vide : L’imaginaire catholique dans la littérature décadente anglaise, Paris: Presses de la Sorbonne Nouvelle, 2011.

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