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About Casey Jarrin

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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Honors and Awards

  • National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship: UCLA, Clark Library
  • Foreign Language and Area Studies Grants, Irish-Gaelic language study: University of California-Berkeley; University of Ireland-Galway


  • 20th-Century British and Irish Modernisms: Alienation and Apocalypse
  • Representing Violence: Anglophone Fiction and Film
  • Film Studies: Gangster Cinema, 1930s-Present
  • 20th C British Novel: Diasporic London