Dawn Keetley

Professor of English
Ph.D. University of Wisconsin, 1994
American literature and culture (specializing in the nineteenth century), the Gothic, Horror Film and Television
321A Drown Hall
(610) 758-3307
Dawn Keetley is Professor of English and Chair of the English Department. She earned her Ph.D. in English from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in December 1994, with fields in women's literature, feminist theory, and nineteenth-century American literature.

After spending several years writing about nineteenth-century U.S. women's autobiography (for Legacy: A Journal of American Women Writersa/b: Auto/Biography Studies, and American Transcendental Quarterly), then about fictional accounts of murderous women (for Emerson Society QuarterlyAmerican Quarterly, and REAL: Yearbook of Research in English and American Literature), and finally about men's homicidal jealousy and envy (for LegacyEarly American LiteraturePoe Studies, and the Journal of Social History), Keetley’s most recent publication is Making a Monster: Jesse Pomeroy, the Boy Murderer of 1870s Boston (University of Massachusetts Press, 2017), a cultural history of the conditions that led a fourteen-year-old boy to torture and murder several small children between 1872-1874. Keetley has also published articles about contemporary Gothic and horror fiction, film and television, including on Stephen King's Cell, George Romero's Dead films, FX’s American Horror Story, AMC’s The Walking Dead, and Showtime’s Dexter. She is currently working on a monograph on the uncanny in 21st-century horror film and is editing a collection of essays on Jordan Peele’s Get Out.

Keetley also runs a blog, Horror Homeroom, with Elizabeth Erwin and Gwen Hofmann about all aspects of horror. It can be found at:  http://www.horrorhomeroom.com/


Keetley is co-editor with Matthew Wynn Sivils of Ecogothic in Nineteenth-Century American Literature (Routledge, 2017)



Keetley is author of Making a Monster:  Jesse Pomeroy, the Boy Murderer of 1870s Boston (University of Massachusetts Press, 2017).  http://www.umass.edu/umpress/title/making-monster


Keetley is editor of “We’re All Infected”: Essays on AMC’s “The Walking Dead” and the Fate of the Humanhttps://mcfarlandbooks.com/book-2.php?id=978-0-7864-7628-2 (McFarland, 2014).


Keetley is also co-editor, with Angela Tenga, of Plant Horror:  Approaches to the Monstrous Vegetal in Fiction and Film (New York:  Palgrave Macmillan, 2016).  She wrote an introduction titled "Six Theses on Plant Horror; or, Why Are Plants Horrifying?" (pp. 1-30). http://www.palgrave.com/us/book/9781137570628
She has one more forthcoming collection:
"There's Us and the Dead":  Identity Politics in The Walking Dead, co-edited with Elizabeth Erwin, under contract with McFarland Publishing.
Her profile and publications can be found at academia.edu