Winthrop University: Department of English at Winthrop - Faculty Research

English Faculty Research

Amanda "AJ" Campbell

Amanda CampbellMrs. Campbell's research interests include nineteenth and twentieth-century British literature, critical digital humanities, intersectional feminist media scholarship, and gender and sexuality studies. 

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Dr. Casey A. Cothran

Dr. Casey A. CothranDr. Cothran's research focuses on nineteenth-century British Literature and on the mystery/detective genre.

Recent Highlights:

  • "Ecofeminism in Mystery and Detective Fiction." The Routledge Handbook of Ecofeminism and Literature, editor Douglas Vakoch. Routledge, 2022.
  • "Wilkie Collins's Black and White: A Mystery Melodrama." Victorians Institute Journal. Volume 47 (2020).
  • 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.

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Bryan R. Ghent

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Dr. Amanda L. Hiner

Dr. Amanda HinerDr. 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.

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Dr. Jo Koster

Dr. Jo KosterDr. 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

Dr. Allan NailDr. 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

Dr. Devon RalstonDr. 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

Dr. Kelly Richardson

Dr. Richardson's research interests include topics related to literature, popular culture, and pedagogy; however, her primary scholarly focus is in nineteenth-century American Literature. She is particularly interested in examining how oceanic settings affect narrative and character construction as well as reflect historical contexts.

Recent Highlights:

  • “Contemporary Writers.” Mark Twain in Context, edited by John Bird, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 2020, pp. 130–138. Literature in Context.
  • “The Picaresque Novel.” Herman Melville in Context, edited by Kevin J. Hayes, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 2018, pp. 232–241. Literature in Context.

Last Updated: 9/19/22