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, 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. 308 pages. (edited collection)
• Southern Crossings: Poetry, Memory, and the Transcultural South. University of Tennessee Press, 2012. 252 pages. (scholarly monograph)
• Hard Lines: Rough South Poetry. Coedited with William Wright. University of South Carolina Press, forthcoming 2016. 224 pages. (creative writing anthology)
• Regions of the Dead: Resurrecting Death in Contemporary Southern Literature. University of Tennessee Press, under contract. (scholarly monograph)
SCHOLARLY OR CREATIVE ARTICLES AND BOOK CHAPTERS (PUBLISHED):
• “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, 2016. 434-453. *Invited contributor
• “Natasha Trethewey’s Civil War.” The Cambridge History of American Civil War Literature. Edited by Coleman Hutchison. Cambridge University Press, 2015. 316-330. *Invited contributor
• “Why Gone with the Wind Isn’t: The Contemporary Blowback.” New Approaches to Gone with the Wind. Coauthored with Keaghan Turner. Edited by James Andrew Crank. Louisiana State University Press, 2015. 135-163. *Invited contributor
• “A True Dead Ringer for Something Like You Ain’t Never Seen: Subrealism in The Band and Charles Wright.” 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. (creative nonfiction essay) *Invited contributor
• “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.
• “Lyric Dissections: Rendering Blood Memory in Natasha Trethewey’s and Yusef Komunyakaa’s Poetry of the Black Diaspora.” The Southern Quarterly: The Journal of Southern Cultures. Special Issue: Natasha Trethewey. Edited by Joan Wylie Hall. 50:4 (2013): 99-121. *Invited contributor
• “Father Christmas” Hub for the Holidays. Edited by John Cribb and Kari Jackson. Hub City Press, 2013. 65-68. (creative nonfiction essay) *Invited contributor
• “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.” The South Carolina Review. Edited by Wayne Chapman. 45:1 (2012): 49-56. (creative nonfiction essay) *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. *Invited contributor
• “The American Family (Film) in Retro: Mode Nostalgia in Wes Anderson’s The Royal Tenenbaums.” 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.” Blue Collar Pop Culture: From NASCAR to Jersey Shore. Volume 1: Film, Music, and Sports. Edited by M. Keith Booker. Praeger, 2012. 116-133. *Invited contributor
• “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. *Invited contributor
• “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. (pedagogical essay)
• “Mock Primitive: The Artful Ethnography of James Dickey.” 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. *Invited contributor
• “‘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 ARTICLES AND BOOK CHAPTERS (UNDER CONTRACT OR IN PROGRESS):
• “Zombie South: Cormac McCarthy’s Undead Architectures.” Spectral Spaces: The Affect of Absence. Edited by Christina Lee. Routledge. (under contract).
• “Countercultural Structures of Contemporary Global South Poetry.” The Bohemian South. Edited by Lindsey A. Freeman and Shawn Bingham. University of North Carolina Press. (under contract). *Invited contributor
• “The Cinematic South.” The Routledge Handbook of the American South. Coauthored with Lisa A. Hinrichsen. Edited by Maggi M. Morehouse. Routledge. (under contract). *Invited contributor
• “South Unbound: Regrouping and Regrounding Transdisciplinary Southern Studies (A Case Study in Ron Rash’s Appalachian Fiction).” Navigating Souths: Transdisciplinary Explorations of a U.S. Region. 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.” Coauthored with Tripthi Pillai. Summoning the Dead: 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.” A History of Mississippi’s Literature. Edited by Lorie Watkins Fulton. University Press of Mississippi. (under contract). *Invited contributor
• Invited contributor. “Crossing the Gulf: Ecopoetic Revisions of the Gulf Coast in Brenda Marie Osbey, Natasha Trethewey, and Yusef Komunyakaa.” Summoning Our Saints: The Poetry and Essays of Brenda Marie Osbey. Edited by John W. Lowe. (in progress). *Invited contributor
SCHOLARLY OR CREATIVE INTRODUCTIONS:
• “Introduction.” What Southern Writers Can Witness To: Interviews by Jan Nordby Gretlund. University of South Carolina Press, projected 2016. *Invited contributor
• “Rough Rhythms.” Introduction to Hard Lines: Rough South Poetry. University of South Carolina Press, 2016. 1-9.
• “Introduction.” 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). *Invited contributor
• “Mickey Spillane: The Writer’s Writer.” My Life with Mickey by Jane Spillane. Athenaeum Press, 2014. v-xi. Reproduced in audiobook format, 2015. *Invited contributor
• “Foreword” for Casey Clabough’s Gayl Jones: The Language of Voice and Freedom in Her Writings. McFarland, 2008. *Invited contributor
INTERVIEWS IN SCHOLARLY OR LITERARY JOURNALS:
• “Inletting: An Interview with Hastings Hensel.” storySouth. Edited by Terry L. Kennedy. (in progress). *Invited contributor
• “Interview with Jason Ockert.” Coauthored with Cara Blue Adams. storySouth. Edited by Terry L. Kennedy. (forthcoming 2016).
• “This Strangest of All Strange Things: An Interview with Patrick Phillips.” storySouth. Edited by Terry L. Kennedy. (2015). *Invited contributor
• “Enworlded Words/Enworded Worlds: The Uses of Poetry: An Interview with Dan Albergotti.” storySouth. Edited by Terry L. Kennedy. (2014). *Invited contributor
• “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 L. 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.” Review-essay of recent scholarly books and articles on contemporary southern poetry. Commissioned by Robert West for The Mississippi Quarterly: The Journal of Southern Cultures 66:4 (Fall 2013): 525-531.
• “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.
• “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.
• 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.
• “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 Adelle 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
• “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 (2011, 2013, 2016)
• Faculty Research Fellowships, Siena College (2007, 2008, and 2010)
• Curriculum Diversification Fellowship, Siena College (2006)
• Harold S. Vanderbilt Scholarship, Vanderbilt University (1999-2003)
• Thomas Daniel Young Award for Excellence in Teaching, Vanderbilt University (2003)
• Dissertation Year Fellowship, Vanderbilt University (2002-2003)
• Dissertation Enhancement Grant, Vanderbilt University (2002)
• 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 CAMPUS VISITS/PRESENTATIONS
• “The Undead South.” University of North Carolina at Wilmington, Wilmington, NC (upcoming April 2016). *$750 honorarium
• “Posthumous Poetics: Why Poetry Is Not Dead.” Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, FL (April 2015). *$500 honorarium
• “Undead Rebs: Remediating the Confederacy.” University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC (September 2014). *$500 honorarium
• “The Appalachian Undead.” Transforming New South Identities Symposium. The Center for the Study of Southern Culture at the University of Mississippi, Oxford, MS (February 2014). *$750 honorarium
† SELECTED PROFESSIONAL SERVICE
• Invited referee for book or article manuscripts (scholarly and creative) for the following venues:
• African American Review
• Studies in American Culture
• Journal of Transnational American Studies
• Southern Cultures
• Palgrave Macmillan
• University Press of Florida
• University of South Carolina Press
• Delegate, Modern Language Association (2013-2016)
• Elected member, Executive Council for the Society for the Study of Southern Literature (2012-2015)
• Member, Board of Governors, South Carolina Academy of Authors (2015-2018)
• Advising/contributing editor, The James Dickey Review (2012-present)
• Literary executor for writer Naton Leslie (2014-present)
• Coeditor, H-Southern-Lit (2010-2014)
• Invited member, Society for the Study of Southern Literature Interviewing Committee, with Jon Smith (Simon Fraser University), Leigh Anne Duck (University of Mississippi), and Kate Koppelman (Seattle University) (2015)
• Chair, Election Committee, Society for the Study of Southern Literature (2015)
• Invited faculty mentor, SSSL Emerging Scholars Program (2015-present)
• Invited member, Program Committee for the Biennial Conference of the Society for the Study of Southern Literature in Nashville, TN (2012)
• Invited organizer and chair, SSSL-affiliated sessions at MLA (2011, 2012, 2013)
• Invited organizer and chair, affiliated sessions at SAMLA (2010, 2011, 2014)
† SELECTED CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS AND PARTICIPATION
• Session organizer, “Crossing the Gulf: The Local/Global Poetics of Brenda Marie Osbey,” and presenter, “Shoring NOLA: Brenda Marie Osbey’s Cities of the Undead.” The Society for the Study of Southern Literature Conference, Boston, MA (upcoming March 2016). *Brenda Marie Osbey will serve as keynote speaker for the conference
• “Posthumous Poetics/Undead Sound,” on “Currencies / Exchanges / Conversions: Contemporary Southern Media” roundtable. The Society for the Study of Southern Literature Conference, Boston, MA (upcoming March 2016).
• Invited presenter, “‘Yet while I live, you do not wholly die’: Fathers and Sons in Pat Conroy and James Dickey.” Pat Conroy at 70 Literary Festival, Beaufort, SC (October 2015).
• “Graphic (Un)Being: Swamping the Deleuzian Body without Organs in Contemporary Comics (Swamp Thing, Swamp Preacher, and Bayou).” Co-presenter with Taylor Hagood. The Modern Language Association, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada (January 2015).
• Invited presenter, “In Cahoots: Rerouted Roots, South by Great White North, in The Band.” The South in The North Conference at Simon Fraser University, British Columbia, Canada (January 2015).
• Invited presenter, “Undead Ecologies in James Dickey and Ron Rash.” The South Atlantic Modern Language Association, Atlanta, GA (November 2014).
• Invited organizer and chair, “Coastal Souths, I and II” (affiliated sessions sponsored by The Society for the Study of Southern Literature). The South Atlantic Modern Language Association, Atlanta, GA (November 2014).
• Invited presenter, “Learnin’ ’Ern Studies: South Minus Zero/No Limit?” on roundtable, “Pedagogies of New Southern Studies.” The Society for the Study of Southern Literature, Arlington, VA (March 2014).
• Co-organizer, “Coastal Souths,” and presenter, “Shoring the Undead: Black Diasporic Visions of the Coastal South in Natasha Trethewey, Yusef Komunyakaa, and Gullah Orature.” The Society for the Study of Southern Literature, Arlington, VA (March 2014).
• Invited presenter, “Lyric Dissections: The Thrall of the Undead in Natasha Trethewey’s Poetic Autopsies.” The South Atlantic Modern Language Association, Atlanta, GA (November 2013).
• “Zombie South: Cormac McCarthy’s Undead Architectures.” The American Literature Association Symposium on “Fear and Form: Aspects of the Gothic in American Culture,” Savannah, GA (February 2013).
• “Rendering the (Un)Dead: Dismembering Memory in Natasha Trethewey’s and Yusef Komunyakaa’s Poetry of the Black Diaspora.” The Southern American Studies Association, Charleston, SC (November 2013).
• Invited co-organizer and co-chair (with Eric Gary Anderson), “The Undead South: Beyond the Gothic” (competitive affiliated session sponsored by the Society for the Study of Southern Literature). The Modern Language Association, Boston, MA (January 2013).
• Organizer and chair for roundtable, “Institutional Southernism,” including Michael Bibler (Louisiana State University), Martyn Bone (University of Copenhagen), Lisa Hinrichsen (University of Arkansas), Scott Romine (University of North Carolina at Greensboro), Jon Smith (Simon Fraser University), and Melanie Benson Taylor (Dartmouth College). The Society for the Study of Southern Literature, Nashville, TN (March 2012).
• “Time-bound—Southbound: The Atmospheric Pressures of Southern ‘Belatedness’ in F. Scott Fitzgerald, William Faulkner, and Jean Renoir.” The Society for the Study of Southern Literature, Nashville, TN (March 2012).
• Invited organizer and chair, “The Mythic South: Mythology and Materialism of the American South” (affiliated session sponsored by the Society for the Study of Southern Literature). The Modern Language Association, Seattle, WA (January 2012).
• “Totem to Fetish: The Mythos of Primitivism in William Faulkner’s Native Fiction.” The Modern Language Association, Seattle, WA (January 2012).
• Invited organizer and chair, “The Afterlives of James Dickey: Creative and Critical Responses” (affiliated session sponsored by The James Dickey Review). The South Atlantic Modern Language Association, Atlanta, GA (November 2011).
• “Gray Ghosts: Spectral Echoes of the Confederacy.” The South Atlantic Modern Language Association, Atlanta, GA (November 2011).
• Invited organizer and chair, “Literary Architectonics of the U.S. South” (competitive affiliated session sponsored by the Society for the Society for the Study of Southern Literature). The Modern Language Association, Los Angeles, CA (January 2011).
• Organizer and chair, “Primitivism and the U.S. South,” and presented paper, “Endless Echoes: Aural Resonances and Primitive Existentialism in Cormac McCarthy’s The Road.” The Society for the Study of Southern Literature, New Orleans, LA (April 2010).
• Invited organizer and chair, “James Dickey and Learning from Others” (affiliated session sponsored by The James Dickey Review). The South Atlantic Modern Language Association, Atlanta, GA (November 2010).
• Invited presenter, “Modern Metamorphoses and the Sublime Thingness of Poetry in Yusef Komunyakaa and Derek Walcott.” The Modern Language Association, Philadelphia, PA (December 2009).
• “Ekphrasis and Narrative in the Poetry of the Contemporary U.S. South.” The American Literature Association, Boston, MA (May 2009).
• Organizer, “Conjectures of Disorder: Postsouthern Modernities,” and presented paper, “Branding the PostSouth: Corporate Populism in O Brother, Where Art Thou?” The Modernist Studies Association, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN (November 2008).
• Organizer and chair, “Reinventing Southern Literature: Michael Kreyling’s Inventing Southern Literature After Ten Years.” The Society for the Study of Southern Literature, The College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, VA (April 2008).
• “Ungodly Hybridity: Contemporary Mythopoesis in Yusef Komunyakaa’s Talking Dirty to the Gods.” The American Literature Association, Boston, MA (May 2007).
• “Against Tautological Narcissism: Robert Frost’s Needless Repetitions and the Question of Poetic Intersubjectivity.” Sound Effects Conference, The University of St. Andrews, Scotland (July 2006).
• “Photographic Memory: Natasha Trethewey’s Calculated Disarray.” Poetry and Politics Conference, The University of Stirling, Scotland (July 2006).
• Invited presenter, “Poetry as History, History as Poetry.” Re-enactment and the Question of Realism Colloquium (convened by Jonathan Lamb and Iain McCalman), The California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, CA (May 2005).
COMMUNITY OUTREACH PRESENTATIONS:
• Invited organizer and participant, “Tales of the Ragged Mountains: A Celebration of the Writing of Ron Rash” (with Amanda Brian, J. Daniel Hasty, Hastings Hensel, Emma Howes, and Tripthi Pillai) for the Horry County Memorial Library and the “Horry County Reads” series. Carolina Forest Library, Myrtle Beach, SC (October 2015).
• Invited participant, “Earshots” podcast on contemporary southern writer Ron Rash for “Horry County Reads” series. Horry County Memorial Library. Conway, SC (April 2015).
• Invited speaker, “The Legacy of Charles Joyner’s Down by the Riverside” for the “Let’s Talk About It” series. Horry County Memorial Library, North Myrtle Beach, SC (February 2015).
• Invited speaker, “The Myth of Mike Hammer: Comics and Mickey Spillane’s ‘Graphic’ Novels” for release of My Life with Mickey by Athenaeum Press. Burroughs-Chapin Art Museum, Myrtle Beach, SC (April 2014).