Over spring break, Dr. Jennifer Matisoff and Dr. Jim Casey, assistant professors of English, led students to the American Shakespeare Center’s Blackfriars Playhouse, the only re-creation of Shakespeare's indoor theater in existence.
One of few theaters worldwide to apply early modern staging...
Dr. Casey grew up in Texas but has spent the last fifteen years in Scotland, England, Alabama, North Carolina, and Pennsylvania (now for the second time). He has an MA from the University of North Texas, an MPhil from the University of Glasgow, Scotland, and a PhD from the Hudson Strode Program in Renaissance Studies at the University of Alabama, where he was the first Strode Exchange Scholar to study at The Shakespeare Institute in Stratford-upon-Avon. Before joining Arcadia University in 2014, Dr. Casey taught for six years at High Point University in North Carolina and for two years at Allegheny College in Pennsylvania.
Dr. Casey has served as a featured speaker, panelist, and “Expert Respondent” for national and international conferences, commenting on Shakespeare, adaptation, comics, monstrosity, stage violence, Hayao Miyazaki, science fiction, pedagogy, and the academic job market. Dr. Casey has received grants from the Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board to teach Shakespeare and Theories of the Fantastic in Hungary, the National Endowment for the Humanities to study Shakespeare’s Original Staging Practices at the Blackfriars Playhouse in Virginia, and various other small grants for innovative teaching projects. He is actively involved in a number of academic organizations that study Shakespeare and has served as the President of the International Association for the Fantastic in the Arts (the largest organization in the world devoted to the academic study of fantasy, science fiction, horror, and other speculative endeavors).
Areas Of Focus
Shakespeare, Medieval and Early Modern Literature, Gender Theory, Performance Theory, Textual Theory, Adaptation Theory, Film Theory, Graphic Novels, Fantastic Literatures
Although primarily a Shakespearean, Dr. Casey has taught English courses on Myth, Monsters, Gender, Adaptation, Performance, Love and Loss, Hyperreality and Cyborgs, Scholarship and Research, Fantastic Creatures, Wickedness and Virtue, (Post)Modern Writing, Jealousy and Desire, Family and Conflict, Literary Theory, Digital Literacies, Odysseys and Metamorphoses, Critical Reading and Thinking, The Graphic Novel, Shakespeare, Jacobean Drama, Linguistics, and various surveys from classical literature to the present day. He has published on such diverse topics as fantasy, monstrosity, early modern poetry, medieval poetry, textual theory, performance theory, postmodern theory, adaptation theory, old age, comics, masculinity, Shakespeare, Chaucer, and Battlestar Galactica.