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Crystal O'Leary-Davidson


Phone: 478.934.3046

  • Cochran - Jackson Hall - 205
    Phone: 478.934.3046
Office Hours: Summer Online TBA, Beginning May 30, 2018

Courses: Summer 2018 Classes
Full Session, Beginning May 30 – June 23
56302 ENGL 1101 08 Online

2nd Session, Beginning June 25 – June 23
56713 ENGL 1101 07 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)

B.F.A. in Theater Arts, Performance, University of Mississippi, Summer 1989
Professional Experience: Popular culture studies
American Gothic in fiction and film
Online pedagogy
Fiction writing
Organizations: Member of The Horror Writers Association (HWA)
Member of The South Atlantic Modern Language Association (SAMLA)
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, Spring 2017 publication.

"Make It Beautiful: The Art of Dayana Stetco's The Dick Traces (The Milena Theatre Group,
2002)" Audition: A Journal of Drama and Interdisciplinary Performance. February 2014.

“The Visitor.” EXTRACTS (2009) Short fiction.

"Perceived Effectiveness of a Virtual Immersive Environment for Teaching and
Learning," co-authored with Darryl Hancock, Kirby Swenson, and Andy Davidson. Distance Learning Administration Annual and Conference Proceedings 2008. June 2008

“Teaching the Analytical Process in an Online Literature Course.” Co-authored with
Darryl Hancock. Distance Learning Administration Annual and Conference Proceedings 2007 June (2007): 111-113.

“Transcending Monstrous Flesh: A Revision of the Hero’s Mythic Quest.” Journal of the
Fantastic in the Arts 13.3 (2003): 239-249.

“Downwind from Eden.” Forum: Newsletter of the Committee on Contingent, Adjunct,
and Part-time Faculty (CAP) 6.2 (Spring 2003): CCCC. A7-A11.

“The Dead.” Poem. Southwestern Review 24 (1999): 26.

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