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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: Spring 2024 Office Hours

M/W - 11:30 am - 12:30 pm, 205 Jackson Hall

T/R - 9:00 am - noon, online
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 on PseudoPod, and in Vastarien, Dark Ink’s collection Generation X-ed, and Southern Nightmares Volume 1: Georgia Gothic.
Courses: Spring 2024 Schedule

22115 ENGL 1102.48 12:30 – 1:45 MW - RH 310

21802 Honors ENGL 2131 American Literature I 03H - Online

21005 ENGL 3010.01 Gateway to Lit. Studies - Online

22506 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 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: South Atlantic Modern Language Association (SAMLA)
Broadleaf Writers Association
Horror Writers Association (HWA - ATL Chapter)
Popular Culture/American Culture of the South Association (PCAS/ACAS)
Reacting to the Past, Faculty
Awards and Honors: Cemetery Gates Media July 2021 Short Fiction Winner
Publications: Selected Recent Academic Writing
Monsters of Film, Fiction, and Fable, edited volume, 2018 Cambridge Press

Selected Recent Fiction
"Last Dance with Mary Jane," Hard to Find: An Anthology of New Southern Gothic, Stephen F Austin UP 2023
"The Shade," Generation X-ed, 2022, Dark Ink Press
"Dream House," Georgia Gothic, 2021, Southern Nightmares Press

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