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
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 Writers, a/b: Auto/Biography Studies, and American Transcendental Quarterly), then about fictional accounts of murderous women (for Emerson Society Quarterly, American Quarterly, and REAL: Yearbook of Research in English and American Literature), and finally about men's homicidal jealousy and envy (for Legacy, Early American Literature, Poe Studies, and the Journal of Social History), Keetley is now working on a book, forthcoming from the University of Massachusetts Press, entitled "Making Monsters: Jesse Pomeroy the Boy Fiend of 1870s Boston" - a cultural history of the conditions that led a fourteen-year-old boy, convicted in 1874, to torture and murder several small children. 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.
Keetley is editor of “We’re All Infected”: Essays on AMC’s “The Walking Dead” and the Fate of the Human. http://www.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).
She has two more forthcoming collections:
The Ecogothic in Nineteenth-Century American Literature, co-edited with Matthew Wynn Sivils, under contract with Routledge.
"There's Us and the Dead": Identity Politics in The Walking Dead, co-edited with Elizabeth Erwin, under contract with McFarland Publishing.
Keetley also runs a blog, Horror Homeroom, with Elizabeth Erwin and Gwen Hoffman about all aspects of horror. It can be found at:
Her profile and publications can be found at academia.edu