Jim Casey

Associate Professor, English

Taylor 215 1 (215) 517-2407 Fall 2018: MWF 12:15-1:15pm; M 6-7pm, by appt.

About Me

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

Education History

University of Alabama, Hudson Strode Program in Renaissance Studies

PhD - Shakespeare, Medieval & Early Modern Literatures, Literary Theory, & Cultural Studies

University of North Texas

MA - Renaissance Literature

University of Glasgow, Scotland

MPhil - European Medieval and Renaissance Literature

Publications

Shakespeare / Not Shakespeare. Co-editor, with Christy Desmet and Natalie Loper. (Palgrave Macmillan 2017)

Book

“Shakespeare’s Spirits: Staging the Supernatural on the Early Modern Stage.” Stage Matters: Props, Bodies, and Space in Shakespearean Performance, eds. Annalisa Castaldo, Rhonda Knight, and Michelle Danner (Fairleigh Dickinson 2018)

Contribution to book

“Dying Like a Man: Masculinity and Violence in Macbeth.” Critical Insights: Macbeth, ed. William W. Weber (Salem 2017)

Contribution to book

“HypeRomeo & Juliet: Postmodern Adaptation and Shakespeare.” Shakespeare / Not Shakespeare, eds. Christy Desmet, Natalie Loper, and Jim Casey (Palgrave Macmillan 2017)

Contribution to book

“‘I the matter will reword’: The Ghost of Hamlet in Translation.” Shakespeare’s Hamlet in an Era of Textual Exhaustion, eds. Sonya Freeman Loftis, Allison Kellar, and Lisa Ulevich (Routledge 2017)

Contribution to book

“Sing the Praise of Mary: Medieval Mariological Verse.” The Representation of the Blessed Mary in Literature and Art, ed. Elena Shabliy (Lexington 2017).

Contribution to book

“The Slippered Pantaloon: Manhood and Ageing in Shakespeare.” Autumnal Faces: Old Age in British and Irish Dramatic Narratives, ed. Katarzyna Bronk (Peter Lang 2017).

Contribution to book

“The Name-of-the-Monster: Interpellation and the Construction of Monstrosity.” The Function of Evil Across Disciplinary Contexts, eds. Malcah Effron and Brian Johnson (Lexington 2017).

Contribution to book

“Signifying Nothing: Tintin in Tibet.” The Comics of Hergé: When the Lines Are Not So Clear, ed. Joe Sutliff Sanders (UP of Mississippi, 2016).

Contribution to book

“Shaken Manhood: Age, Power, and Masculinity in Shakespeare.” Hungarian Journal of English and American Studies 20.2 (2014).

Article

“Manhood Fresh Bleeding: Shakespeare’s Men and the Construction of Masculine Identity.” Gender Forum 49 (2014).

Article

“Ghosts of Texas: The Duke, The Vampire, and The Saint of Killers in Preacher.” With Marc Petersen. Undead in the West II: They Just Keep Coming, eds. Cynthia J. Miller and A. Bowdoin Van Riper (Scarecrow 2013).

Contribution to book

“Hew His Limbs and Sacrifice His Flesh: The Destruction of the Male Body in Titus Andronicus.” Titus out of Joint: Reading the Fragmented Titus Andronicus, eds. Paxton Hehmeyer and Liberty Stanavage (Cambridge Scholars 2013).

Contribution to book

“Modernism, Postmodernism, and the Fantastic.” The Cambridge Companion to Fantasy Literature, eds. Farah Mendlesohn and Edward James (Cambridge UP 2012).

Contribution to book

“Honest Payneful Pastymes: Pain, Play, and Pedagogy in Early Modern England.” Performing Pedagogy in Early Modern England, eds. Kathryn M. Moncrief and Kathryn R. McPherson (Ashgate 2011).

Contribution to book

“‘Equall freedome, equall fare’: The Illusion of Egalitarianism in the Country House Poem.” Early English Studies [Early Modern Studies Journal] 3; Special Issue: “Green Thoughts in the Medieval and Early Modern Worlds” (2010).

Article

“A Man’s Office, a Woman’s Shield: The Ethics of the Body in Shakespeare.” Literature and Ethics: From the Green Knight to the Dark Knight, eds. Steve Brie and William Rossiter (Cambridge Scholars 2010).

Contribution to book

“‘What things you make of us!’: Amazons and Kinsmen in Chaucer and Shakespeare.” Standing in the Shadow of the Master: Chaucerian Influences and Interpretations, ed. Kathleen Bishop (Cambridge Scholars 2010).

Contribution to book

“‘Richard’s himself again’: The Body of Richard III on Stage and Screen.” Shakespeare and the Middle Ages, eds. Martha W. Driver and Sid Ray (McFarland 2009).

Contribution to book

“Alan Moore.” Fifty Key Figures in Science Fiction, eds. Mark Bould, Andrew M. Butler, Adam Roberts, and Sherryl Vint (Routledge 2009).

Contribution to book

“The Silver Age of Comics.” The Companion to Science Fiction, eds. Mark Bould, Andrew M. Butler, Adam Roberts, and Sherryl Vint (Routledge 2009).

Contribution to book

“‘Love should end with hope’: Courting and Competition in the Knight’s Tale.” The Canterbury Tales Revisited: 21st Century Interpretations, ed. Kathleen Bishop (Cambridge Scholars 2008).

Contribution to book

“‘All this has happened before’: Revision, Re-imagination, and Eternal Return.” Cylons in America: Critical Studies of Battlestar Galactica, eds. C.W. Marshall and Tiffany Potter (Continuum 2007).

Contribution to book

“Unfinished Business: The Termination of Chaucer’s Cook’s Tale.” The Chaucer Review 41.2 (2006).

Article

“The Exotic Other Scripted: Identity and Metamorphosis in Mack’s Kabuki.” With Stefan Hall. ImageTexT 3.1 (2006).

Article

Research Summary

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.