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Coastal Carolina University
P.O. Box 261954
Conway, South Carolina



Daniel Cross Turner


American literature and culture; Southern studies; film and new media studies; theories of cultural memory; poetry and poetics; gothicism

Thomas W. and Robin W. Edwards College of Humanities and Fine Arts

After five winters teaching at Siena College (Loudonville, N.Y.), Daniel Cross Turner was pleased to return to his native South Carolina in 2010, where he is associate professor of English at Coastal. He earned his B.A. in English and in French from Hampden-Sydney College (valedictorian; Summa cum laude; Phi Beta Kappa), his M.A. in English from the University of South Carolina, and his Ph.D. from Vanderbilt University in 19th- and 20th-century American literatures with a minor field in poetry and poetics. His research focuses on regional definition in relation to national and transnational contexts, modes of cultural memory, and connections between cultural and aesthetic media in their potential to record historical pressures and transitions.

Turner has been highly productive as a scholar, authoring a book and nearly 20 articles. His book, "Southern Crossings: Poetry, Memory, and the Transcultural South" (2012), contributes to the study of not only modern poetics and literary theory but also of the American South and its place in the larger world. Natasha Trethewey, current U.S. Poet Laureate, generously endorsed the book, calling it "a valuable and important book that entwines new visions of poetic forms with forms of regional remembrance and identity." His numerous articles appear in edited collections as well as prominent journals such as Mosaic, Genre, Mississippi Quarterly, The Southern Literary Journal and Southern Quarterly. He has also produced pedagogical writing, reviews, and creative writing, and has published interviews with Pulitzer Prize-winning poets Charles Wright, Yusef Komunyakaa, and Trethewey. Turner has served as an invited referee on article and book manuscripts for PMLA, MELUS, African American Review, Palgrave, and the University of Florida Press, among other venues.

Turner's current projects include two edited collections, one scholarly and one creative; a monograph; three scholarly or creative introductions; five scholarly book chapters/articles; and three creative nonfiction essays. These texts, like much of his current work, broaden out in time and space, crossing centuries and pressing beyond the traditional geographic and conceptual bounds of the South to uncover links with other regions, particularly between the South and the Atlantic basin.

"Undead Souths: Beyond the Gothic," under contract with Louisiana State University Press, attends to how the transforming region speaks to national and global fluidities and to how new media alter our perception of death and the possibilities of immortality. In addition to co-editing an anthology of "rough South" poetry for the University of South Carolina Press called "Grit Po: Rough South Poetry," Turner is also continuing work on his monograph, Southern/Primitive, which engages with conjunctions and conflicts between modernity and primitivism (aesthetic, ecological, ethnographic, and philosophical) through the literature, cinema, and other cultural media of the transforming, post-plantation South from 1920 to the present.

One of Turner's chief commitments during his time at Coastal has been creating and coordinating an interdisciplinary minor in Southern Studies, which began in Fall 2012. He serves as the adviser for the minor and co-chair of the interdepartmental steering committee. Given CCU's prime location, faculty and resources for exploring diverse perspectives on the American South, Turner believes his specializations can enhance and expand the University's reputation as a nexus for Southern Studies in its local, hemispheric, and global dimensions.

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Phone: 843-349-2432