Winthrop University: Department of English at Winthrop - Faculty Research

English Faculty Research

Dr. Casey A. Cothran

CothranCaseyDr. Cothran's research focuses on nineteenth-century British Literature and on the mystery/detective genre.

Recent Highlights:

  • "Graphic Crime Fiction" In Janice M. Allan, Jesper Gulddal, Stewart King & Andrew Pepper (Eds.) Routledge Companion to Crime Fiction. Routledge. Co-written with Dr. Robert G. Prickett (April 2020).
  • "The Double Detective: Compounding Complexity in The Fade Out, a Noir Graphic Novel," co-written with Dr. Robert G. Prickett. Clues: A Journal of Detection, vol. 36, no. 2 (Winter 2018).
  • New Perspectives on Detective Fiction: Mystery Magnified. Routledge Series on Interdisciplinary Studies. Editors Casey A. Cothran and Mercy Cannon. London: Routledge/Taylor and Francis, 2015.

Dr. Matthew Fike

Dr. Fike's research focuses on applying the depth psychology of C.G. Jung to literature.

Recent Highlights:

  • Anima and Africa: Jungian Essays on Psyche, Land, and Literature. Routledge, 2017.
  • Four Novels in Jung's 1925 Seminar. Routledge. 2020.
  • "C.G. Jung on Plagiarism in Pierre Benot's L'Atlantide." International Journal of Jungian Studies, vol. 9, no. 3, 2017, pp. 167-82.
  • "Depth Psychology in Gloria Anzaldúa's Borderlands/La Frontera: The New Mestiza." Journal of Jungian Scholarly Studies, vol. 13, 2018, pp. 52-70.
  • "Collapsing the Binary in Gloria Anzaldúa's Borderlands." The CEA Forum, vol. 46, no. 2, Summer/Fall 2017, pp. 88-126.
  • "Four Perspectives on Teaching Jeannette Walls's Memoir, The Glass Castle." The CEA Forum, Spring 2019.
  • "The Work of Redemption: King Lear and The Red Book." Journal of Jungian Scholarly Studies, vol. 16, 2021, pp. 24-44.

Bryan R. Ghent

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Dr. Amanda L. Hiner

Hiner, AmandaDr. Hiner's research interests include eighteenth-century British literature, eighteenth-century women writers, the British novel, satire, cognitive cultural studies, and critical thinking theory and practice in education and business.

Recent Highlights:

  • "Theory of Mind, Cognitive Cultural Studies, and Eighteenth-Century Literature." The 18th-Century Common. (March 2018).
  • "New Approaches to Eliza Haywood: The Political Biography and Beyond." Special Issue of the Journal for Early Modern Cultural Studies. Co-edited with Patsy Fowler. 14.4 (Winter 2014).
  • "Truth-Seeking Versus Confirmation Bias: How the Paul/Elder Method of Critical Thinking Cultivates Authentic Research and Fair-minded Thinking." INQUIRY: Critical Thinking Across the Disciplines 31.1 (Spring 2017): 52 — 68.
  • "Critical Thinking in the Literature Classroom, Part II: Dickens's Great Expectations and the Emergent Critical Thinker:" INQUIRY: Critical Thinking Across the Disciplines 28. 2. (Summer 2013): 53 — 61.
  • "Critical Thinking in the Literature Classroom, Part I: Making Critical Thinking Visible." INQUIRY: Critical Thinking Across the Disciplines 28.1 (Spring 2013): 26 — 25.
  • Book project titled British Women Satirists of the Long Eighteenth Century, forthcoming 2022.

Dr. Jo Koster

KosterJoDr. Koster's research focuses on the literacy and literate practices of English women in the late medieval period. She also works with popular literature and film, especially Sherlock Holmes, and writes poetry. She loves anything to do with medieval manuscripts.

Recent Highlights:

  • 2021 - "The Prayers of Margery Kempe: A Reassessment." in Encountering The Book of Margery Kempe. Laura Kalas and Laura Varnam (eds.).
  • She presented a paper on the gender representation strategies of medieval Icelandic women at the Pacific Ancient and Modern Languages conference in Washington state. This was drawn from a class she taught in Spring 2018.
  • She is working on a book on women's literacy in the late Middle Ages and on an edition of a collection of prayers written by a medieval English anchoress.
  • She has published several poems in an ongoing series produced by Old Mountain Press.

Dr. Mary E. Martin

Dr. Martin focuses on writing poetry. She is almost done with a chapbook of poems focused on dance and movement. She also continues to develop workshops about writing, movement, and art in the community.

Recent Highlights:

  • 2021 - Turning Air Into Gold. Main Street Rag.
  • Poem published in the 2018 Kakalak Anthology
  • Developed a project with Winthrop students and the women's shelter at Salvation Army. Students conversed with the women about their lives and then crafted poems from those conversations. A reading was held as part of the SC Humanities Festival in March 2019.

Dr. Allan Nail

NailAllanDr. Nail's research is interested in how high school students learn to develop their writing, and how teachers learn to teach writing.

Recent Highlights:

  • "Replicants, Vampires, and Other Outcasts: Examining Privilege through Genre Literature." in M. Fabrizi (Ed.), Horror Literature and Dark Fantasy: Challenging Genres.
  •  "Do Teachers Dream of Electric Classrooms?: Future Teachers' Attitudes Toward Technology Integration and Writing Instruction." in Writing Pedagogy, Fall 2018.


Dr. Robert Prickett

Recent Highlights:

  • 2020 April - with C. Cothran: "Graphic Crime Fiction" In Janice M. Allan, Jesper Gulddal, Stewart King & Andrew Pepper (Eds.) Routledge Companion to Crime Fiction. Routledge.
  • 2019 February - with C. Cothran: "Chewing with Your Mouth Eyes Open: Food & Graphic Novels." The World of Food: Winthrop University's 2nd Interdisciplinary Conference, Rock Hill, SC.
  • 2018 November - with K. Beasley, C. Young, and S.L. Groenke: "Finding their true voice: Teaching female coming-of-age graphic novels (for all)." National Council of Teachers of English Annual Conference, Houston, TX.
  • 2018 August - with C. Cothran: "The Double Detective: Compounding Complexity in The Fade Out, a Noir Graphic Novel." Clues: A Journal of Detection. 36.2. McFarland & Co.

Dr. Devon Fitzgerald Ralston

RalstonDevonDr. Ralston's research focuses on the influence of technology on the circulation of texts as well as intersections of identity, online communities, and digital activism. Current research interrogates the impact of digital apps and the circulation of gifs on the visibility and invisibility of queer sexuality.

Recent Highlights:

  • 2021 - "I didn't sign up for your research study: The ethics of using 'public' data." with Amber Buck in Computers and Composition, vol. 61.
  • 2020 - "Engaging Podcasts as a Dynamic Genre for Invention." with Charles Woods in Writing Spaces.
  • 2018 - "(Re)Locating Queerness: Techne, Identity, and the Hegemonic Fantasy" with Oren Whightsel in Pre/Text: A Journal of Rhetorical Theory, 24.1-4.
  • "Resonances of Affect: The Writing Center and Queer Identities" at the International Writing Center Association Conference, October 10-13, 2018.
  • "Cockygate: Trademark, Bullying, Romance Novels and Intellectual Property" at Popular Culture/American Culture Association, April 17-20, 2019.

Dr. Kelly L. Richardson

RichardsonKellyDr. Richardson's research focuses on nineteenth-century American literature, twentieth-century American literature, composition, and pedagogy.

Recent Highlights:

  • Submitted an essay "Mark Twain and Contemporaries" to Mark Twain in Context, edited by John Bird (Cambridge University Press)
  • Presented at The World of Food Conference in February 2019: "'A Fin of the Whale' Food Imagery in Moby-Dick"

Last Updated: 5/26/22