Casey Lawrence

Casey Lawrence is a Canadian PhD researcher in the School of English writing on depictions of cross-dressing in Modernism, with a focus on James Joyce’s Ulysses, Virginia Woolf’s Orlando, and Djuna Barnes’ Nightwood. Her thesis is provisionally titled, “‘The New Womanly Man’: Crossdressing and gender inversion in Joyce and his contemporaries” and is supervised by Dr. Samuel Slote. Her other research interests include Modernism more broadly, queer theory, feminist readings, gender studies, drag and contemporary queer culture(s), Irish writing, Canadian literature, intersectionality, post-colonialism, and disability studies. Recent academic publications include a review of The New Woman: Literary Modernism, Queer Theory, and the Trans Feminine Allegory by Emma Heaney in James Joyce Quarterly (vol. 56, no. 3-4, 2019, pp. 463-466) and an article, “‘The link between nations and generations’: Cissy Caffrey as Racialized and Sexualized Other in James Joyce’s Ulysses,” in Joyce Studies Annual (2018, pp. 106-121). She has a book chapter forthcoming in Joyce Writing Disability (The Florida James Joyce Series, Florida UP) titled, “Limping and Devious: The Disabled Male Body in ‘A Mother’.” Casey is also a published fiction author, with two YA novels, Out of Order (2015) and Order in the Court (2016), published by Harmony Ink Press. Both of her novels were nominated at the Bisexual Book Awards in two categories: Mystery and Teen Fiction. Together with Tiana Fischer of NUI Galway, Casey is co-convenor of a weekly Finnegans Wake Reading Group Zoom with Modernist Studies Ireland. She is also the Postgraduate Student Representative for the School of English and volunteers as a proofreader for several publications, including Bi Women Quarterly. She regularly writes fiction, poetry, and articles on a variety of topics, and has a short essay, “Starting Mid-Stream: riverrunning through the first line of Finnegans Wake,” forthcoming in the next issue of The First Line Literary Journal (vol. 23, no. 1, 2021, Blue Cubicle Press, LLC). She recently moved to Denmark with her partner and is finishing her degree remotely.