Dept. of Literature and Modern Languages
- Ph.D. State University of New York at Albany
- M.A. University of New Hampshire
- B.A. University of New Hampshire
Christine A. Jackson, Ph.D., is a professor of literature in the Department of Literature and Modern Languages in the College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences (CAHSS). She teaches an array of undergraduate and graduate courses, including American, British, World, and African-American Literature, along with courses on Science Fiction and Fantasy Literature, and many levels of creative writing, from introduction to advanced workshops in fiction and poetry.
She is the author of two books of literary criticism, Myth and Ritual in Women’s Detective Fiction and The Tell-tale Art: Poe in Modern Popular Culture. She is also co-editor (with Alexander N. Howe) and contributor to the book Marcia Muller and the Female Private Eye: Essays on the Novels that Defined a Subgenre. She has contributed to a collected anthology of critical essays on detective writer Craig Johnson, creator of the “Longmire” detective series. This collection is scheduled for publication in early 2016. Dr. Jackson’s academic work has appeared in Clues: A Journal of Detection. Her award-winning short fiction has been published in Spine Tingler, an online journal of international suspense fiction. She has presented academic papers on detective and mystery fiction at national and regional conferences of the Popular Culture Association of America. Lectures and seminars on writing detective fiction have been part of her contributions to conferences sponsored by the Mystery Writers of America.
Dr. Jackson’s interest in creativity and music led to collaboration on a study with Yuri Zagvazdin, of NSU’s Health Professions Division. The article assessed the effect of strokes on musical creativity and was published in Progress in Brain Research, 2015.
For 15 years, Dr. Jackson has served on the executive board for the Mystery Writers of America, Florida Chapter. In this role, she has helped to plan SleuthFest, an annual conference for mystery writers. The conference draws writers of national and international prominence with discussions on writing, crime forensics, and publishing. With a curriculum of panels involving all levels of writing, Dr. Jackson has shifted the conference’s original goal of writers promoting their work to writers teaching and learning from other writers.
Areas of Academic Focus
- Detective fiction
- Fiction writing
- Poetry writing
- American Transcendentalism
- Music history
- LITR 2010: British Literature I
- LITR 2020, 2021: American Literature I and II
- LITR 2030: World Literature I
- LITR 2110: Detective Fiction
- LITR 2120: Science Fiction/Fantasy Literature
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