Jack Rooney

Jack Rooney

Jack Rooney

PhD in English Student


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164 Annie & John Glenn Avenue, Columbus, OH 43202

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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

Jack Rooney is a doctoral candidate in the Department of English of The Ohio State University. He earned his MA in English from Case Western Reserve University (CWRU) in 2017. Before he pursued graduate study in English, he earned his JD with a health law concentration at CWRU School of Law in 2014 and his BA in English at CWRU in 2011. His research has focused on Gothic, fantastic and phantasmatic subjectivity in long-nineteenth-century British fiction and poetry and specifically on the ways in which literary writers incorporated insights from contemporary discourses in philosophy, psychology and occultism into their fashioning (and disfashioning) of a viable subject. His other major research interests include Romantic and Victorian poetics and theories of prosody. His dissertation, entitled The Phantoms of a Thousand Hours: Ghostly Poetics and the Poetics of the Ghost in British Literature, 1740–1914, examines the formation of the ghost as a poetical entity from the melancholy meditations of the eighteenth-century Graveyard School to nineteenth-century elegy’s fascination with the dead who speak. In this work, he balances examinations of poets’ literary speculations on the occult, present, for instance, in the work of the little-studied Spasmodics, with the study of poets who, with variable success, strive to keep ghostly incursions at bay even as they attempt to capture the evanescence of the ghostly being in their poetical and prosodical techniques. A focus on ghostly poetics allows us to reconsider traditional markers of periodization and reorients us to the spectral persistence of a long Graveyard Century spanning from Thomas Gray to Thomas Hardy. Jack Rooney has presented work at the annual gatherings of the North American Society for the Study of Romanticism, the North American Victorian Studies Association, the Modern Language Association, the British Association for Romantic Studies and the International Gothic Association. Work arising from the dissertation and related projects has appeared or is forthcoming in the Keats-Shelley Journal, Literature and Medicine and European Romantic Review.

Selected Publications

"'Only a sense remains of them’: Latescence and Outwatch in Shelley’s Vigil,” European Romantic Review (accepted to a forthcoming issue as of January 2021).

“‘Words of Healing’: The Literature of Automatic Writing as Treatment and Prescription in the Victorian Age,” Literature and Medicine 39.1 (2021): 108–32.

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