Rebecca M. Rosen is a visiting assistant professor of English at Hollins University. She specializes in Anglo-American literature to 1865, Native American literature, early modern transatlantic studies, the literature of the long eighteenth century, women’s writing and circulation practices, the history of the book, and the medical humanities. She has received fellowships and grants from research institutions including the American Philosophical Society, the Library Company of Philadelphia, the Smithsonian’s Dibner Library of Science, the New England Regional Fellowship Consortium, and the McNeil Center for Early American Studies.
Her book project, Postmortem Life: Anatomy, Autopsy and Testimony in Early America, considers how the voices of deceased people were extracted, interpreted, or stifled through forensic means, and how such practices formed the basis of an autoptic culture of testimonial retrieval in early America and the larger Atlantic world. This study demonstrates how postmortem practices illuminate conceptions of the deceased body as subject, object, and witness, and how such formulations contributed to the development of life writing.