Jack Rooney

PhD in English Candidate



Jack Rooney is a first-year PhD student in the Department of English of Ohio State University.  He earned his MA in English from Case Western Reserve University (CWRU) in 2017.  Before pursuing graduate study in English, he earned his JD with health law concentration at CWRU School of Law in 2014 and his BA in English at CWRU in 2011.  A member of the Ohio Bar, Rooney has externed at the US Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit in Cleveland, Ohio.  His research in English has focused on subjectivity in nineteenth-century British fiction and poetry and specifically on the ways in which literary writers, especially the Brontës, incorporated insights from contemporary discourses in philosophy, law and psychology into their fashioning — and disfashioning — of a viable subject.  At a time when the discipline seems to be reevaluating the role of critique and the possibilities of scholarship, Rooney argues that a radical investment in the subject complements the turn toward objectivity, distance and surface that others are now undertaking.  During his doctoral study, he hopes to examine further the role of form and poetics in underpinning or undermining individual subjectivity as a source of social and historical identity.

Curriculum Vitae

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Areas of Expertise
  • British Romanticism
  • Victorian literature
  • Poetry and poetics
  • Law and literature
  • MA, English, Case Western Reserve University, 2017
  • JD, Case Western Reserve University, 2014
  • BA, English, Case Western Reserve University, 2011

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