John Casey

John Casey

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B.A. English Literature, Concordia University (Montreal, QC), 2012.
M.A. English Literature, Concordia University (Montreal, QC), 2014.

My research and teaching interests include early modern English and colonial American literature, print culture, critical race theory, ordinary language philosophy, and the history of science.

My dissertation project, “Early Modern Rhetorics of Color,” argues that color’s indeterminate physical and metaphysical status in the sixteenth and  seventeenth centuries gives rise to substantial ethical, political, aesthetic, and epistemological problems in English poetry, prose, and drama. The project begins by examining how skin color functioned as a gendered and racialized aspect of personal and social identity in English popular culture, works through the ways in which intentions and figurative language as a whole  are described through appeals to color (e.g. agents are said to act “under  the color” of a given intention, metaphors and similes are referred to as “the colors of rhetoric”), and concludes with a consideration of how English colonialist discourse represented indigenous people in the Americas  by way of the cosmetics they used, the brilliant metals they valued, and the colorful designs of their apparel.


Early Modern Rhetorics of Color


"Color" in A Colloquy on Critical Semantics, curated by Anston Bosman,  

“The Terrors of Nashe’s Terrors of the Night,” Early Modern Culture 13  
(2018): 18-34.

Courses Taught:

ENGL 0200, Obscenity

ENGL 0900, Critical Reading and Writing I: The Academic Essay

Research and Teaching Interests:

Colonial and Postcolonial Studies; History of the Book; Literary and Cultural Theory; Poetry and Poetics; Race and Slavery; Race and Ethnicity; Renaissance and Early Modern; Transatlantic Studies