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Rose Casey specializes in contemporary Anglophone literature, narrative form, law and literature, and the relationship between politics and aesthetics. She received her PhD in English from Cornell University in 2016; she also holds an MA in English from the University of British Columbia and a BA (Hons) in English Language and Literature from Oxford University. Her publications have appeared in journals including Novel: A Forum on Fiction and Journal of Postcolonial Writing. She teaches courses on British and Anglophone writing, including African literature, postcolonial literature, British women writers, and the contemporary novel.
Her current book project, “Literary Impropriety,” examines property law in the postcolonial novel from a legal and formal perspective. This project makes a case for literature’s agentive work: it tracks the ways a property regime based largely on dispossession is not just a legacy of empire but also a fixture of the postcolonial state; and it shows how numerous novelists rewrite the privative elements of this logic through aesthetic experimentation. A second project, “Willed Collectivities: Women and the Global Novel,” examines the literary construction of female collectivity.