DANIEL CROSS TURNER
Associate Professor, Twentieth-Century American Literature
Founder and Adviser, Southern Studies Minor
• PH.D. ENGLISH, VANDERBILT UNIVERSITY, 2003
Harold S. Vanderbilt Scholarship, 1999-2003
• M.A. ENGLISH, UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1999
James A. Morris Fellowship, 1996-1998
• B.A. ENGLISH AND FRENCH, HAMPDEN-SYDNEY COLLEGE, 1995
Patrick Henry Merit Scholarship, 1991-1995
PHI BETA KAPPA, 1994
SUMMA CUM LAUDE IN ENGLISH AND IN FRENCH
Undergraduate sessions in Early Modern Literature and History at OXFORD UNIVERSITY, ENGLAND, and in French Literature and Culture at the UNIVERSITY FOR FRENCH-AMERICAN STUDIES IN LISIEUX, FRANCE
After five long winters teaching at Siena College (Albany, NY), Daniel Cross Turner was pleased to return in 2010 to his home state of South Carolina, where he is Associate Professor of English at Coastal Carolina University.
Dr. Turner’s research focuses on regional definition vis-à-vis national and global contexts, modes of cultural memory (such as trauma and nostalgia), theories of undeadness and the gothic, interactions between emergent media, particularly in their potential to record historical pressures and transitions, and object-oriented ontology (the ways in which nonhuman and parahuman things impact the human realm). His work has helped shape the field of the New Southern Studies, which has had significant impact over the last decade on American studies as well as transnational and global studies. To date, he has garnered over $30,000 in fellowships and research grants. He also founded Coastal's interdisciplinary minor in SOUTHERN STUDIES (Please visit the Department of English's website for information about the minor.)
His books include a scholarly monograph, SOUTHERN CROSSINGS: POETRY, MEMORY, AND THE TRANSCULTURAL SOUTH (University of Tennessee Press, 2012); a scholarly collection, UNDEAD SOUTHS: THE GOTHIC AND BEYOND IN SOUTHERN LITERATURE AND CULTURE (Louisiana State University Press, 2015), coedited with Eric Gary Anderson and Taylor Hagood; and a poetry anthology, HARD LINES: ROUGH SOUTH POETRY (University of South Carolina Press, projected 2016), coedited with William Wright. His many essays are published or forthcoming in journals, including GENRE, MOSAIC, SOUTHERN LITERARY JOURNAL, MISSISSIPPI QUARTERLY, FIVE POINTS, SOUTHERN QUARTERLY, and SOUTH CAROLINA REVIEW, as well as in edited collections from an array of scholarly/university presses: Cambridge, Oxford, Routledge, Continuum, Praeger, Louisiana State, North Carolina, Georgia, South Carolina, and Mississippi. He has published interviews with Pulitzer Prize-winning poets Charles Wright (2014-2015 U.S. Poet Laureate; 1998 Pulitzer Prize), Natasha Trethewey (2012-2014 U.S. Poet Laureate; 2007 Pulitzer Prize), and Yusef Komunyakaa (1994 Pulitzer Prize), among other notable authors. His in-progress book, REGIONS OF THE DEAD: RESURRECTING DEATH IN CONTEMPORARY SOUTHERN LITERATURE, is under contract (University of Tennessee Press).
Dr. Turner’s scholarship is intertwined indelibly with his teaching practice; he believes absolutely in a symbiotic relation between his research and teaching interests. His primary teaching fields are modern and contemporary U.S. literature/media, with an emphasis on the literature and culture of the American South, film, poetry and poetics, the gothic, and genre/new media studies. He has designed more than thirty individual course preps, something that illustrates the breadth of his intellectual interests and his expertise in a range of established and emergent disciplines. He regularly teaches the figures and works on which he publishes in his courses (Charles Wright, Yusef Komunyakaa, Natasha Trethewey, Judy Jordan, Ron Rash, Cormac McCarthy, bluesman Robert Johnson, Tennessee Williams, The Band, Mickey Spillane, GONE WITH THE WIND, BIG FISH, O BROTHER, WHERE ART THOU?, THE WALKING DEAD, etc.).
In addition to genre courses (poetry, film, and cultural studies), he has designed multimodal topics courses, including “ADAPTATIONS” (literature in connection with new media); "ANIMALS" (animal studies); "CULTURAL FORMS OF NOSTALGIA" (memory studies); "COMEDY" (genre studies); “DEAD RECKONINGS: POSTHUMOUS POETICS” (poetics); and "AFTERLIVES" (ghostlore). Dr. Turner has also taught numerous undergraduate classes in AMERICAN LITERATURE, from surveys to period courses on THE JAZZ AGE, THE COLD WAR, MODERN AMERICAN WRITERS, and CONTEMPORARY U.S. LITERATURE, as well as a graduate course STRANGE CURRENCIES: *VERY* CONTEMPORARY LITERATURE, focused on literature and other media of the past decade. He has devised several courses in SOUTHERN STUDIES, including surveys of Southern literature, seminars on THE CINEMATIC SOUTH, courses on POPULAR CULTURE AND THE SOUTH as well as THE UNDEAD SOUTH, a graduate independent study on SOUTHERN ACCENTS (literary, filmic, and aural/musical reproductions of Southern dialects) as well as an interdisciplinary travel course, BLUE RIDGE TO BLUE SEA on diverse literary, historical, and sociolinguistic subcultures from the western North Carolina mountains to the South Carolina coastal plain.
• UNDEAD SOUTHS: THE GOTHIC AND BEYOND IN SOUTHERN LITERATURE AND CULTURE. Coedited with Eric Gary Anderson and Taylor Hagood. Louisiana State University Press, 2015.
• HARD LINES: ROUGH SOUTH POETRY. Coedited with William Wright. University of South Carolina Press, under contract / 2016.
• REGIONS OF THE DEAD: RESURRECTING DEATH IN CONTEMPORARY SOUTHERN LITERATURE. University of Tennessee Press, under contract / 2017.
• SOUTHERN CROSSINGS: POETRY, MEMORY, AND THE TRANSCULTURAL SOUTH. University of Tennessee Press, 2012.
***SCHOLARLY OR CREATIVE ARTICLES/BOOK CHAPTERS (published or forthcoming):
• “Made Things: Structuring Modernity in Southern Poetry.” The Oxford Handbook of the Literature of the U.S. South. Edited by Fred Hobson and Barbara Ladd. Oxford University Press, forthcoming 2016. 434-453.
• “Natasha Trethewey’s Civil War.” In The Cambridge History of Civil War Literature. Edited by Coleman Hutchison. Cambridge University Press, forthcoming 2015. 316-330.
• “A True Dead Ringer / For Something Like You Ain’t Never Seen: Subrealism in The Band and Charles Wright” (creative nonfiction essay). Edited by Mike Mattison and Ernest Suarez for “Hot Rocks: Song and Verse” series in Five Points: A Journal of Literature and Art 16:3 (2015): 117-145.
• “Gray Ghosts: Remediating the Confederate Undead.” Undead Souths: The Gothic and Beyond in Southern Literature and Culture. Edited by Eric Gary Anderson, Taylor Hagood, and Daniel Cross Turner. Louisiana State University Press, 2015. 52-63.
• Introduction to Undead Souths: The Gothic and Beyond in Southern Literature and Culture. Coauthored with Eric Gary Anderson and Taylor Hagood. Louisiana State University Press, 2015. 1-9.
• “Global South Poetries and the Re-New Southern Studies.” SSSL Newsletter. Introduction for “The Poetry Issue.” Solicited by David A. Davis. 48:1 (2014).
• “Lyric Dissections: Rendering Blood Memory in Natasha Trethewey’s and Yusef Komunyakaa’s Poetry of the Black Diaspora.” In The Southern Quarterly: The Journal of Southern Cultures. Special Issue: Natasha Trethewey. Edited by Joan Wylie Hall. 50:4 (2013): 99-121.
• “Father Christmas” (creative nonfiction essay). Hub for the Holidays. Edited by John Cribb and Kari Jackson. Hub City Press. (2013). 65-68.
• “Dying Objects/Living Things: The Thingness of Poetry in Yusef Komunyakaa’s Talking Dirty to the Gods.” Mosaic: a journal for the interdisciplinary study of literature. Special Issue: Between Poetry and Philosophy. 45:1 (2012): 137-154.
• “James Dickey and the Lifework of Fathers” (creative nonfiction essay). The South Carolina Review. Edited by Wayne Chapman. 45:1 (2012): 49-56. Nominated for the 2012 Louis D. Rubin Prize for best article on southern literature.
• “Dying Routes: Charles Wright’s Remembered Roadscapes of the U.S. South in Transit.” The Mississippi Quarterly: The Journal of Southern Cultures. Special Issue: Southern Roots and Routes: Mobility and Migration. Edited by Eric Gary Anderson, Susan V. Donaldson, and Suzanne W. Jones. 65:1 (2012): 121-138.
• “The American Family (Film) in Retro: Mode Nostalgia in Wes Anderson’s The Royal Tenenbaums.” Chapter 10 in Violating Time: History, Memory, and Nostalgia in Cinema. Edited by Christina Lee. Continuum, 2008. 159-176. Reprinted in paperback edition, 2012.
• “City Workers, Country Workers: The Urban and Rural Working Class in Southern Film.” In Blue Collar Pop Culture: From NASCAR to Jersey Shore. Volume 1: Film, Music, and Sports. Edited by M. Keith Booker. Praeger, 2012. 116-133.
• “Modern Metamorphoses and the Primal Sublime: The Southern/Caribbean Poetry of Yusef Komunyakaa and Derek Walcott.” The Southern Quarterly: A Journal of the Arts in the South. Special Issue: The South and the Sublime. Edited by Thomas F. Haddox. 48:3 (2011): 52-69.
• “From Blue Ridge to Blue Sea: On Teaching a Southern Literature and History Travel Course.” SSSL Newsletter. Edited by Sarah Gleeson-White. 44:2 (2011): 4-10. Expanded version published in The James Dickey Review. Edited by Casey Clabough. 28:2 (2012): 8-19.
• “Mock Primitive: The Artful Ethnography of James Dickey.” In The Way We Read James Dickey: Critical Approaches for the Twenty-first Century. Edited by William B. Thesing and Theda Wrede. University of South Carolina Press, 2009. 162-176.
• “Restoration, Metanostalgia, and Critical Memory: Forms of Nostalgia in Contemporary Southern Poetry.” The Southern Literary Journal. Special Issue: History, Memory, and Mourning. 41:2 (2008): 182-206.
• “Heterotopic Space in Andrew Hudgins’ After the Lost War.” The Southern Quarterly: A Journal of the Arts in the South 44:4 (2007): 175-195.
• “Modern Primitives: Mergings in the Poetry of Robert Penn Warren and James Dickey.” The South Carolina Review 38:2 (2006): 173-182. Reprinted in Robert Penn Warren: Genius Loves Company. Edited by Mark Royden Winchell. Clemson University Digital Press, 2007.
• “‘Unburying the Dead’: Defining a Poetics of Trauma in Yusef Komunyakaa’s Poetry of Vietnam and the American South.” Genre: Forms of Discourse and Culture 39:1 (2006): 115-139.
• “New Fugitives: Contemporary Poets of Countermemory and the Futures of Southern Poetry.” The Mississippi Quarterly: The Journal of Southern Cultures. Special Issue: Southern Poetry. 58: 1-2 (2004-2005): 315-345.
• “Montage of a Simplicity Deferred: Langston Hughes’ Art of Sophistication and Racial Intersubjectivity in Montage of a Dream Deferred.” The Langston Hughes Review 17 (2002): 22-34.
• “The Savage(d) Ideal: Southern Poetic Primitivism in James Dickey’s ‘May Day Sermon.’” The James Dickey Review. Edited by Joyce M. Pair. 18:2 (2002): 11-17
***SCHOLARLY OR CREATIVE ARTICLES/BOOK CHAPTERS (under contract or in progress):
• Invited contributor. “Why Gone with the Wind Isn’t: The Contemporary Blowback.” In New Approaches to Gone with the Wind. Co-authored with Keaghan Turner. Edited by James Andrew Crank. Louisiana State University Press. (projected 2015).
• “Zombie South: Cormac McCarthy’s Undead Architectures.” In Spectral Spaces: The Affect of Absence. Edited by Christina Lee. Routledge. (projected 2016).
• “Rough Rhythms.” Hard Lines: Rough South Poetry. University of South Carolina Press. (projected 2015).
• Invited contributor. “Countercultural Structures of Contemporary Global South Poetry.” In The Bohemian South. Edited by Lindsey A. Freeman and Shawn Bingham. University of North Carolina Press. (projected 2016).
• Invited contributor. “The Cinematic South.” In The Routledge Handbook of the American South. Co-authored with Lisa Hinrichsen. Edited by Maggi M. Morehouse. Routledge. (under contract).
• Invited contributor. “Appalachian Undead: Meth Zombies in Ron Rash’s Fiction.” Transforming New South Identities. Edited by Michele Grigsby Coffey and Jodi Skipper. University of Georgia Press. (under contract).
• Invited contributor. “Rash’s Shakespearean Ecologies: Autopoietic and Allopoietic Remediations of Macbeth in Serena.” Co-authored with Tripthi Pillai. In Critical Essays on Ron Rash. Edited by Zackary Vernon and Randall Wilhelm. University of South Carolina Press. (under contract).
• Invited contributor. “Lyric Mississippi: Modern and Contemporary Poetries.” In Writing in the Crooked Letter State: A History of Mississippi’s Literature. Edited by Lorie Watkins Fulton. University Press of Mississippi. (projected 2015).
• Invited contributor. “Crossing the Gulf: Ecopoetic Revisions of the Gulf Coast in Brenda Marie Osbey, Natasha Trethewey, and Yusef Komunyakaa.” In Summoning Our Saints: The Poetry and Essays of Brenda Marie Osbey. Edited by John W. Lowe. (in progress).
• “Mickey Spillane: The Writer’s Writer.” My Life with Mickey by Jane Spillane. Athenaeum Press, 2014. v-xi. Reproduced in audiobook format, 2015.
• “Foreword” for Casey Clabough’s Gayl Jones: The Language of Voice and Freedom in Her Writings. McFarland, 2008.
***INTERVIEWS IN SCHOLARLY OR LITERARY JOURNALS:
• Invited contributor. “This Strangest of All Strange Things: An Interview with Patrick Phillips.” storySouth. Edited by Terry Kennedy. (projected 2015).
• “Enworlded Words/Enworded Worlds: The Uses of Poetry: An Interview with Dan Albergotti.” storySouth. Edited by Terry Kennedy. (2014).
• “Southern Crossings: An Interview with Natasha Trethewey.” Waccamaw: a journal of contemporary literature. Edited by Dan Albergotti. 6 (2010). Reprinted in Conversations with Natasha Trethewey. Edited by Joan Wylie Hall. University Press of Mississippi, 2013. 156-167.
• “Remaking Myth in Yusef Komunyakaa’s Talking Dirty to the Gods, Taboo, and Gilgamesh: An Interview.” The Mississippi Quarterly: The Journal of Southern Cultures. Edited by Noel Polk. 62:2 (2009): 335-350.
• “The Magical Work of Fiction: An Interview with Daniel Wallace.” storySouth. Edited by Terry Kennedy. (2009).
• “Oblivion’s Glow: The (Post)Southern Sides of Charles Wright: An Interview.” storySouth. Edited by Jake Adam York. (2005). Reprinted in Charles Wright in Conversation: Interviews, 1979-2006. Edited by Robert D. Denham. McFarland, 2008. 133-142.
• “Ten Years Gone.” Review of Ten Years After Katrina: Critical Perspectives on the Storm’s Effect on American Culture and Identity, edited by Mary Ruth Marotte and Glenn Jellenik. Commissioned by Christina Lee for Continuum: Journal of Media and Cultural Studies (in progress).
• “Banding Together.” Review of The Band by Craig Harris. Commissioned by Steven L. Hamelman for Popular Music and Society (in progress).
• “Power Lines: Contemporary Southern Poetry.” Omnibus review of recent scholarly books and articles on contemporary southern poetry. Commissioned by Robert West for The Mississippi Quarterly: The Journal of Southern Cultures (projected 2015).
• “Coloring Outside the Lines.” Review of Finding Purple America: The South and the Future of American Studies by Jon Smith. Commissioned by Christopher M. Kaluzienski for American Studies Journal 53:2 (2014): 199-200.
• “Eco-Dickey.” Review of The Ecological Poetics of James Dickey by Sue Brannan Walker. Commissioned by Cameron F. Bushnell for The South Carolina Review 47:1 (2014): 263-264.
• Review of Confederado: A Novel of the Americas by Casey Clabough for Blackbird: An Online Journal of Literature and the Arts 12:1 (2013). Reprinted in Floyd County Moonshine 6:1 (Spring 2014): 86-91.
• “Dam America.” Review of Pastoral and Monumental: Dams, Postcards, and the American Landscape by Donald C. Jackson. Commissioned by Robert McDonald for Studies in American Culture 37:1 (2014): 189-191.
• “Reimagining the Southern Imaginary.” Combined review of American Cinema and the Southern Imaginary, edited by Deborah Barker and Kathryn McKee, and Dreaming of Dixie: How the South Was Created in Popular Culture by Karen L. Cox. Commissioned by Harriett Pollack for The Southern Literary Journal 45:1 (2012): 139-144.
• “Revisiting the Redneck Riviera.” Review of The Rise and Decline of the Redneck Riviera: An Insider’s History of the Florida-Alabama Coast by Harvey H. Jackson III. Commissioned by Robert McDonald for Studies in American Culture 35:1 (2012): 123-127.
• Review of The Greenwood Encyclopedia of African American Folklore. MultiCultural Review 15:3 (2006): 85.
• Review of Allison Adele Hedge Coke’s Off-Season City Pipe. MultiCultural Review 15:3 (2006): 57-58.
• “Kate Daniels,” “Grace Simpson,” “Dave Smith,” and “Henry Taylor.” Encyclopedia Virginia. Virginia Foundation for the Humanities, 2008.
• “Yusef Komunyakaa.” Southern Writers: A Biographical Dictionary. Louisiana State University Press, 2006. 241-242.
† SELECTED FELLOWSHIPS, GRANTS, AND HONORS
• Invited speaker/campus visitor, “Posthumous Poetics: Why Poetry Is Not Dead.” Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, FL (2015). *$500 honorarium
• Invited speaker/campus visitor, “Undead Rebs: Remediating the Confederacy.” Institute for Southern Studies at the University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC (2014). *$500 honorarium
• Invited participant/campus visitor, Transforming New South Identities Symposium. The Center for the Study of Southern Culture at the University of Mississippi, Oxford, MS (2014). *$750 honorarium
• “Apple” Award for Outstanding Teacher in Edwards College of Humanities and Fine Arts, Student Government Association, Coastal Carolina University (2014)
• Nomination, Louis D. Rubin Prize for Best Article on Southern Literature, Society for the Study of Southern Literature (2012)
• Visiting Research Fellowship, Institute for Southern Studies, University of South Carolina (2011)
• Pedagogical Grant, “Blue Ridge to Blue Sea” travel immersion course, Watson-Brown Foundation (2010)
• Research Enhancement Grant, Coastal Carolina University (2010, 2012)
• Faculty Research Fellowships, Siena College (2007, 2008, and 2010)
• Curriculum Diversification Fellowship, Siena College (2006)
• Thomas Daniel Young Award for Excellence in Teaching, Vanderbilt University (2003)
• Harold S. Vanderbilt Scholarship, Vanderbilt University (1999-2003)
• James A. Morris Fellowship, University of South Carolina (1996-1998)
• Valedictorian, Hampden-Sydney College (1995)
• Phi Beta Kappa, Hampden-Sydney College (1994)
• Summa cum laude in English and French, Hampden-Sydney College (1995)
• Patrick Henry Merit Scholarship, Hampden-Sydney College (1991-1995)
† INVITED REFEREE:
Dr. Turner has served as an invited referee for book and article manuscripts at the following venues:
• UNIVERSITY PRESS OF FLORIDA
• UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH CAROLINA PRESS
• PALGRAVE MACMILLAN
• AFRICAN AMERICAN REVIEW
• STUDIES IN AMERICAN CULTURE
• JOURNAL OF TRANSNATIONAL AMERICAN STUDIES
• SOUTHERN CULTURES