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Crystal O'Leary-Davidson - PhD

Crystal O'Leary-Davidson

Department of English

Phone: 478.934.3046

  • Cochran - Jackson Hall - 205
    Phone: 478.934.3046
Office Hours: SP 2023 Office Hours:
205 Jackson Hall
Monday 9:30 – 12:30
Tuesday 9:30 – 12:30
Wednesday Online 9:30 – 12:30
Thursday Online 9:30 – 11:30
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 fiction has appeared in Vastarien, Dark Ink’s collection Generation X-ed, and Southern Nightmares Volume 1: Georgia Gothic.
Courses: Spring 2023 Schedule
ENGL 1101.03 COMPOSITION 1 T/R 12:30 – 1:45 319 RH
ENGL 2131.03H Honors Am. Lit 1 ONLINE
ENGL 3010.01 Gateway to Lit Studies ONLINE
ENGL 3010.02 Gateway to Lit Studies ONLINE

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
Broadleaf Writers Association
HWA - ATL Chapter
Awards and Honors: Cemetery Gates Media July 2021 Short Fiction Winner
Publications: Selected Academic Writing

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