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
Dr. Turner's primary teaching and research fields are modern and contemporary U.S. literature, with an emphasis on the literature and culture of the American South, poetics, film, and genre/new media studies. His published scholarship focuses on regional definition vis-à-vis national and global contexts, modes of cultural memory (such as trauma and nostalgia), interactions between emergent media, particularly in their potential to record historical pressures and transitions, and object-oriented ontology (how nonhuman and parahuman things impact the human social realm).
Dr. Turner is the author of SOUTHERN CROSSINGS: POETRY, MEMORY, AND THE TRANSCULTURAL SOUTH (University of Tennessee Press, 2012):
SOUTHERN CROSSINGS demonstrates the centrality of poetry written in and about the South to conceptions of “Southernness” and “Americanness.” Offering innovative perspectives on a diversity of recent and still-practicing poets, the book illustrates poetry’s value as a genre well suited to investigating the ways in which historical conditions are culturally assimilated and reproduced. SOUTHERN CROSSINGS contributes to the study of not only modern poetics and literary theory but also of the South and its place in the larger world.
Dr. Turner has also published numerous articles on contemporary writers and filmmakers, which appear in edited collections as well as journals, including MOSAIC, GENRE, SOUTHERN QUARTERLY, MISSISSIPPI QUARTERLY, and SOUTHERN LITERARY JOURNAL, among other venues.
He is currently co-editing with Eric Gary Anderson and Taylor Hagood the essay collection, UNDEAD SOUTHS: THE GOTHIC AND BEYOND, for Louisiana State University Press. UNDEAD SOUTHS interprets literature, films, and other media that explore death and deathways as well as figures returned from the grave (e.g., ghosts, vampires, zombies). He is also co-editing with poet William Wright the poetry anthology, GRIT PO: ROUGH SOUTH POETRY, for University of South Carolina Press.
His other current book-length project, SOUTHERN/PRIMITIVE, engages with conjunctions and conflicts between modernity and primitivism (aesthetic, philosophical, ethnographic, ecological) in the literature, cinema, and other cultural artifacts of the U.S. South from 1920 to the present.
He is Co-Editor of the Southern literature listserv on H-Net (H-Southern-Lit).
In addition to genre courses (poetry/poetics, film studies, and cultural studies), he has designed topics courses, including “ADAPTATIONS” (literature in connection with new media and multi-modal forms); "ANIMALS" (animal studies); "CULTURAL FORMS OF NOSTALGIA" (memory studies); "COMEDY" (genre studies); "POETRY AND THE SEA" (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, 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.
Dr. Turner is the founder and serves as Adviser for Coastal's new interdisciplinary minor in SOUTHERN STUDIES. Please visit the Department of English's website for information about the SOUTHERN STUDIES minor.
† SELECTED PUBLICATIONS
• SOUTHERN CROSSINGS: POETRY, MEMORY, AND THE TRANSCULTURAL SOUTH (UNIVERSITY OF TENNESSEE PRESS, 2012). 284 PAGES.
• UNDEAD SOUTHS: THE GOTHIC AND BEYOND (LOUISIANA STATE UNIVERSITY PRESS, UNDER CONTRACT)
• GRIT PO: ROUGH SOUTH POETRY (UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH CAROLINA PRESS, SOLICITED).
• SOUTHERN/PRIMITIVE: PRIMITIVISM AND MODERNITY IN THE U.S. SOUTH (IN PROGRESS)
ARTICLES/BOOK CHAPTERS (PUBLISHED):
• “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.
• “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.
• “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.
• “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 44:2 (2011): 4-10. Edited by Sarah Gleeson-White. Reprinted in Faculty Miscellany: Coastal Carolina University collection to celebrate tenth anniversary of Thomas W. and Robin W. Edwards College of Humanities and Fine Arts (2012): 13-25. Expanded version published in The James Dickey Review 28:2 (2012): 8-19. Edited by Casey Clabough.
• “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.
• “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.
• “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.
• “‘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.
• “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.
• “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.
ARTICLES/BOOK CHAPTERS (IN PROGRESS):
• "Natasha Trethewey's Civil War.” In The Cambridge History of Civil War Literature. Edited by Coleman Hutchison. Cambridge University Press. (chapter in progress; collection under contract, projected 2015).
• “Zombie South: Cormac McCarthy’s Architectures of the Undead.” In Spectral Spaces and Hauntings. Edited by Christina Lee. (chapter in progress; collection in progress).
• “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. (chapter submitted; collection in progress).
• Co-authored with Keaghan Turner, "Why Gone with the Wind Isn’t: The Contemporary Blowback (or, Scarlett O’Hara Is Undead, and I Don’t Feel So Good Myself.” In New Approaches to Gone with the Wind. Edited by James Andrew Crank. Louisiana State University Press. (chapter in progress; collection under contract, projected 2014).
• “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. (chapter in progress; collection under contract).
• “Gray Ghosts: Remediating the Confederate Undead.” In Undead Souths: Beyond the Gothic. Edited by Eric Gary Anderson, Taylor Hagood, and Daniel Cross Turner. Louisiana State University Press. (chapter in progress; collection under contract, projected 2014).
• "Appalachian Undead: Meth Zombies in Ron Rash’s Fiction.” Transforming New South Identities. University Press of Mississippi (chapter in progress; collection under contract).
• “The (Counter-)Cultural Structures of Contemporary Global South Poetry.” In The Bohemian South. Edited by Lindsey A. Freeman and Shawn Bigham. (chapter in progress; collection in progress).
SCHOLARLY OR CREATIVE INTRODUCTIONS AND FOREWORDS:
• Introduction to Undead Souths: The Gothic and Beyond. Co-authored with Eric Gary Anderson and Taylor Hagood. Louisiana State University Press. (introduction in progress; collection under contract, projected 2014).
• "Rough Rhythms." Introduction to Grit Po: Rough South Poetry. University of South Carolina Press. (chapter in progress; collection solicited).
• Foreword to Casey Clabough’s Gayl Jones: The Language of Voice and Freedom in Her Writings. McFarland, 2008.
• "Mickey Spillane: The Writer's Writer." Introduction to My Life with Mickey by Jane Spillane. Athenaeum Press (introduction submitted).
• “Spears Mountain Breakdown” (narrative nonfiction essay). Floyd County Moonshine. (projected 2014).
• “Father Christmas” (narrative nonfiction essay). Hub for the Holidays. Edited by John Cribb and Kari Jackson. Hub City Press, 2013.
• “James Dickey and the Lifework of Fathers” (narrative nonfiction essay). The South Carolina Review. Edited by Wayne Chapman. 45:1 (2012): 49-56.
INTERVIEWS IN SCHOLARLY OR LITERARY JOURNALS:
• “Enworlded Words/Enworded Worlds: An Interview with Dan Albergotti.” (in progress).
• “Southern Crossings: An Interview with Natasha Trethewey.” Waccamaw: a journal of contemporary literature. Edited by Dan Albergotti. 6 (2010). To be reprinted in Conversations with Natasha Trethewey. Edited by Joan Wylie Hall. University Press of Mississippi (forthcoming 2013).
• “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. (2005). Edited by Jake Adam York. Reprinted in Charles Wright in Conversation: Interviews, 1979-2006. Edited by Robert D. Denham. McFarland, 2008. 133-142.
Dr. Turner has served as an invited referee for the following venues:
• UNIVERSITY PRESS OF FLORIDA
• PALGRAVE MACMILLAN
• AFRICAN AMERICAN REVIEW
• STUDIES IN AMERICAN CULTURE
• JOURNAL OF TRANSNATIONAL AMERICAN STUDIES
• “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 2014).
• “Coloring Outside the Lines.” Finding Purple America: The South and the Future of American Cultural Studies by Jon Smith. Commissioned by Christopher M. Kaluzienski for American Studies Journal (projected 2014)
• “Eco-Dickey.” Review of The Ecological Poetics of James Dickey by Sue Brannan Walker. Commissioned for The South Carolina Review (projected 2014).
• “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 (projected 2014).
• “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 (Fall 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).
• Review of The Greenwood Encyclopedia of African American Folklore. MultiCultural Review 15:3 (2006): 85.
• Review of Confederado: A Novel of the Americas by Casey Clabough for Blackbird: An Online Journal of Literature and the Arts 12:1 (2013).
• 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. http://www.encyclopediavirginia.org/
• “Yusef Komunyakaa.” Southern Writers: A Biographical Dictionary. Louisiana State University Press, 2006. 241-242.