Emily Christina Murphy is Assistant Professor of Digital Humanities in the Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies at the University of British Columbia-Okanagan. Her current project, in partnership with the Linked Modernisms Project at the University of Victoria, develops networked methodologies for the study of women artistic and activist networks in the modernist period. She researches women’s writing, celebrity and publicness, psychiatric history, dance and movement, and the digital humanities. Her published research appears with English Studies in Canada, Digital Humanities Quarterly, and the Canada and the Spanish Civil War Project. She is managing editor of the Print Plus platform.
Emily Christina Murphy
Zelda Fitzgerald and her husband F. Scott Fitzgerald appeared on the cover of Hearst’s International magazine in 1922, held up as icons of the Jazz Age, of youth, talent, and burgeoning literary celebrity. This image remains one of the most recognizable of the couple. However, alongside this iconicity, Zelda Fitzgerald’s various diagnoses of mental illness have prompted critics both sympathetic and unsympathetic to remember her primarily in terms of the tragedy of her life—whether as the mad wife who brought about the downfall of her brilliant husband, or as the victim of patriarchal control and pathologization.