A native New Yorker, Casey Jarrin attended Yale, studied Irish-Gaelic at the
University of Ireland-Galway, and received her Ph.D. from Duke before coming to
Macalester. She is currently working on her first book project, Confessional Acts:
Interrogation, Authorship, and the Making of the Modern Irish Subject. From prison cells
and interrogation rooms to confessionals and peep-show booths, Confessional Acts examines
acts of self-disclosure in prison journals (Oscar Wilde, Tom Clarke), novels (Liam
O'Flaherty, James Joyce), plays (Brendan Behan, Martin McDonagh), and films (John
Ford and Neil Jordan). In the summer of 2007 she will be immersed in the Oscar Wilde
archives at UCLA's Clark Library, revising an article on Wilde's prison
writings and campaigns for penal reform. Her essay, "Prison As Art Gallery: Exhibit
Collaboration Between Kilmainham Gaol and Alcatraz, 1991-2005," will appear in the
volume Geographies and Genders in 2007. She is also editing a collection of essays on
transatlantic cultures of violence.
Professor Jarrin works on twentieth-century British and Irish literature, transnational
modernism, post-war film, and post-colonial studies. Over the past few years, she has
taught courses on modern Irish fiction, apocalyptic British literature/film, literary
grotesques, and working-class subcultures, with a focus on criminality, masculinity, and
the aesthetics of violence.
Jarrin has been teaching at Macalester since 2006.
EDUCATION: B.A., Yale University Ph.D., Duke University
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