Margaret Case

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Margaret Case, Ph.DChair, Department of English Literature and Creative Writing

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x3232mcase@rwu.eduGHH 312


B.A., M.A., Ph.D. University of Virginia

Dr. Case's areas of specialization are the 18th-century novel and literary theory. Her dissertation focussed on the narrative innovations of Eliza Haywood, a prolific novelist in her own day (famously lampooned by Henry Fielding as "Mrs. Novel"). A century later, however, Haywood’s name had almost completely disappeared from literary history. The reasons she has been both "lost" and "found" reveal a great deal about the genealogy of literary and popular culture. Dr. Case's recent scholarship focuses on popular representations of traditional social conflicts (e.g. the relationship between social Darwinism and religious conflict in Battlestar Galactica, and "family values" in Breaking Bad.)

Dr. Case teaches British literature survey courses and literary theory at Roger Williams University, along with general education courses on philosophy and literature. She has been awarded several NEH fellowships to study topics ranging from Socratic dialogues to British romanticism, to modern satire.  Her 2006 Freeman Foundation grant informs her work on the RWU East Asian Studies minor.  Her 2008 Oxford Study Abroad Fellowship enriches Oxford-style tutorials in the RWU English Department Senior Colloquia Capstone projects.

BA: Modern Studies (English and Philosophy), University of Virginia (UVA)
MA and Ph.D.: English Literature, UVA
Teaching: The Ancona School, University of Virginia, Ohio Northern University and RWU
Areas of Expertise:  18th-century British literature, Rise of the Novel, Literary Theory/Cultural Criticism, Jane Austen