Mark Rose is Distinguished Research Professor Emeritus in the English Department at the University of California, Santa Barbara, where he has taught since 1977. He received an A.B. from Princeton University in 1961 (summa cum laude), a B.Litt. from Oxford University in 1963, and a Ph.D. from Harvard University in 1967. He has taught at Yale University, the University of Illinois at Urbana, UCLA, UC Irvine, and the University of Toronto as well as at UCSB. From 1989 to 1994 he was Director of the systemwide University of California Humanities Research Institute. He has twice served as chair of the UCSB English Department and has also served as Associate Vice-Chancellor for Academic Personnel at UCSB. In 2011 he was named Dickson Emeritus Professor. Rose is the author of many books on subjects ranging from Shakespeare to science fiction as well as of Authors and Owners: The Invention of Copyright (1993), which was a finalist for a National Book Critics Circle Award. He also frequently serves as a consultant and expert in litigation involving allegations of copyright infringement. His current interests include both Shakespeare and the history and theory of intellectual property. His most recent book is Authors in Court: Scenes from the Theater of Copyright (Harvard University Press, 2016).
- Science fiction
- History and theory of intellectual property
- Renaissance Literature, dramatic and non-dramatic
In Spring 2013 Mark Rose was Astor Lecturer at Oxford University where he delivered a series of lectures on authorship and the history of copyright.
"What is striking to me is the poverty of our paradigms for explaining ourselves to ourselves. Authorship is one such paradigm. The notion of authorship is implicit in the way we explain a vast range of generative activities from the way game shows are created to the way babies are made."
--from "Mothers and Authors," Critical Inquiry (1996).