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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: Fall 2020
Office Hours:
Online, Monday and Wednesdays 10 – noon
Online, Tuesdays and Thursdays 10 - noon

Biography: My areas of research include American Gothic fiction and film, H. P. Lovecraft and “weird” fiction, comic books and graphic novels. I’ve presented at conferences on Swamp Thing, Superman, vampire and science fiction films and novels, and the use of role-playing games in educational settings.

Recently I published an essay on female werewolves in MONSTERS IN FILM, FICTION, AND FABLE, edited by three members of the MGA English department, Lisa Wenger Bro, Mary Ann Gareis and me. My most recent publication is an essay on the 2018 horror film, Hereditary.
Courses: FALL 202 CLASSES
80680 ENGL 2131.02 Honors American Lit I 8:00 - 9:15 MW RH 310

81149 ENGL 2131.02 American Lit I 9:30-10:45 T/R GA Hall 110

81990 ENGL 1101.40 Composition I 40 12:30 - 1:45 T/R GA Hall 219

82395 ENGL 1102. 82 Composition II 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: 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)
Professional Affiliations: Member of The Horror Writers Association (HWA) - International and Atlanta Chapter (Founding 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
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. {https://www.cambridgescholars.com/monsters-of-film-fiction-and-fable}

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

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