CFS Creasy earned his doctorate at the University of California, Berkeley in the English Department and the Program in Critical Theory. His research and teaching interests range across 18th–20th-century Anglophone, Francophone, and Germanophone literatures, with particular emphasis on the history of the novel; and continental philosophy, with especial focus on German Idealism, aesthetics, psychoanalysis, and critical theory.
He is currently revising his book manuscript, Things Passed Over: The Modern Novel and the Scandal of Revision, which argues that the 19th- and 20th-century European novel transforms seemingly incidental social scandals and textual details—errata, moments of unwanted editorial and censorial interference—into the very source of its formal logic and its social effect. An essay from the project, “Flaubert’s Alibi: The Impossible Ensemble of Madame Bovary,” appeared in Novel: A Forum on Fiction. Another, “Of Matter and Manner: Djuna Barnes’s Ryder and Censorship as Style,” is forthcoming in Modern Philology. Other current and future research projects include a second project addressing the figural and socio-political logic of Purgatory in Irish drama and prose straddling the colonial and postcolonial moments, as well as a short monograph on the literary corpus of Franz Kafka. Drawing on methods of editorial theory, genetic criticism, and reception studies, and grounding them in an historically inflected, materialist aesthetics, his work forges a new understanding of modern literary works both formally and socially in an age of digital technology and media networks.