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Crystal O'Leary-Davidson - PhD

Crystal O'Leary-Davidson

Professor
Department of English

Phone: 478.934.3046

Locations:
  • Cochran - Jackson Hall - 205
    Phone: 478.934.3046
Office Hours: Spring 2022 Online Office Hours
M-W, 8 AM – Noon and by appointment
Biography: Crystal O'Leary-Davidson is a professor of English. Her interests are Gothic and Horror fiction and film, comics, and the weird. She is a founding member of the Atlanta Chapter of the Horror Writers Association and a board member of Broadleaf Writers Association. She co-edited the book Monsters of Film, Fiction, and Fable (2018), and her writing has appeared in Dark Moon Digest, in Dark Ink’s collection Generation X-ed, and Southern Nightmares Volume 1: Georgia Gothic.
Courses: Spring 2022 Schedule

ENGL 1102: ENGLISH COMPOSITION II ONLINE CRN 23598 Section 22

ENGL 1101: ENGLISH COMPOSITION I ONLINE CRN 25205 Section 29

ENGL 1102: ENGLISH COMPOSITION II ONLINE – SHORT SESSION II CRN 24823 Section 81



Education: Ph.D. in English, University of Louisiana at Lafayette, Spring 2000
Dissertation: “A Grave for this Book”: Textual Fetishism in American Gothic from Brockden Brown to John Carpenter

Director: Joseph D. Andriano
The Gothic premise of the “found manuscript” becomes a powerful fetish or charm in these selected works of American Gothic. Unlike the British Gothic where the “found manuscript” serves as a narrative premise, the American book-fetish exerts a terrible power over the characters while its contents may remain a mystery to the reader or viewer. This dissertation examines a variety of American Gothic texts exploring authorial anxiety and American culture in the fiction of Charles Brockden Brown, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Stephen King and Jeffrey Eugenides, and films directed by David Lynch, Wes Craven, and John Carpenter.

M.A. in English, Winthrop University, Summer 1994

Thesis: Transcending Monstrous Flesh: A Revision of the Hero’s Quest

M.A. in Speech Communication, University of Alabama, Spring 1991

Master of Arts Project: Voices from the Margin: Women’s Own Words (A Readers’ Theater Based on Interviews on Self-identified Turning Points in Personal Narratives)

B.F.A. in Theater Arts, Performance Degree, University of Mississippi, Summer 1989
Professional Experience: Gothic fiction (Charles Brockden Brown, Edgar Allan Poe, Anne Rice)
Weird fiction (H.P. Lovecraft)
Horror Fiction (Stephen King)
Film Studies (Tobe Hooper, John Carpenter, David Lynch)
Online pedagogy (teaching literature and writing/multi-media teaching strategies)
Table-top role-playing games in education (Reacting to the Past, Immersive literary studies)
Fiction writing (horror, Gothic)
Essay writing (film and culture reviews)
Professional Affiliations: The Horror Writers Association (HWA) - International
Horror Writers Association Atlanta Chapter (Founding Member)
Broadleaf Writers Association (Board Member)
Member of The South Atlantic Modern Language Association (SAMLA)
Popular Culture / American Culture Association in the South (PCAS/ACAS)
Organizations: Reacting to the Past, Faculty
SAMLA
PCAS/ACAS
Broadleaf Writers Association
HWA - ATL Chapter
Awards and Honors: Cemetery Gates Media July 2021 Short Fiction Winner
Publications: Selected Academic Writing
Monsters Of Film, Fiction, and Fable: The Cultural Links between the Human and Inhuman, editing volume with Cambridge Scholars, including a chapter, “That Time of the Month”: The Female Werewolf in Film, 2018

Focus on the Family: The Decline of Male Power in Ari Aster’s Hereditary by Crystal O’Leary-Davidson DARK MOON DIGEST, Issue 32/33 July/Oct 2018

Selected Fiction
"Dream House" Georgia Gothic Southern Nightmares Press (Oct. 2021)
"The Shade" Generation X-ED Dark Ink Press (Jan. 2022)
"The World is Hard for Little Things" Cemetery Gates Media (July 2021)


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