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Crystal O'Leary-Davidson

Crystal O'Leary-Davidson


Phone: 478.934.3046

  • Cochran - Jackson Hall - 205
    Phone: 478.934.3046
Office Hours: Spring 2019
Tuesdays & Thursdays – 1:00 - 5:00 p.m.

Biography: My areas of research include American Gothic fiction and film, “weird” fiction, comic books and graphic novels. I’ve presented at conferences on Swamp Thing, Superman, vampire and science fiction films, and role-playing games in educational settings. Recently I published an essay on female werewolves in film, and, along with two other professors, I edited and published an anthology of essays on monsters in film and literature. My most recent publication is an essay on the 2018 horror film, Hereditary.
Courses: Spring 2019 Classes

ENGL 3999 Special Topics: The Weird and the Gothic Section 01 CRN 22019 ONLINE

ENGL 1102 English Composition II Section 66 CRN: 20931

ENGL 1102 HONORS English Composition II Section 01H CRN: 20855
TR 8:00 – 9:15 at 310 Russell Hall, Cochran Campus

ENGL 2131 American Literature I Section 01 CRN: 21538 - Reacting to the Past & Immersive Literature Gaming Class & Lit Survey -
TR 9:30 – 10:455 at 310 Russell Hall, Cochran Campus

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)

B.F.A. in Theater Arts, Performance, University of Mississippi, Summer 1989
Professional Experience: Popular Culture Studies and the Graphic Novel
Gothic fiction (Edgar Allan Poe, Anne Rice)
Weird fiction (H.P. Lovecraft)
Horror Fiction (Stephen King)
Film Studies (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, fantasy)
Essay writing (film and culture reviews)
Organizations: Member of The Horror Writers Association (HWA)
Member of The South Atlantic Modern Language Association (SAMLA)
Popular Culture / American Culture Association in the South (PCAS/ACAS)
Publications: 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, SUMMER 2018 publication.

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