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M. K. Shaddix

Visiting Assistant Professor of English

Dr. M. K. Shaddix is an alumna of Stetson University and the Department of English's resident Southernist; like many "Southern" writers, she came to her subject as an ex-patriot in Vancouver, Canada and Ireland. Her research interests include Southern realism, the works of Flannery O'Connor (particularly her unpublished manuscripts), gothic traditions in Europe and the United States and transmedia storytelling.

In addition to her scholarly work, Dr. Shaddix has collaborated as a screenwriter and novelist with the Emmy-nominated Irish-Portuguese production company beActive International. She is currently working on a collection of short fiction.


  • Ph.D., English, Trinity College, University of Dublin, 2012
  • M.F.A., creative writing, University of British Columbia, 2007
  • B.A., English, Stetson University, 2004

Course Topics

  • Literature in the World: The Gothic
  • Writing About Mass Cultures
  • Dramatic Writing
  • Writing and Rhetoric

Research Interests

  • Flannery O'Connor
  • Southern literature
  • American regionalism
  • The short story
  • The gothic


  • The Church Without the Church: Desert Orthodoxy in Flannery O'Connor's "Dear Old Dirty Southland," Mercer UP, 2015
  • "Mark Richard." A Critical Survey of Short Fiction. 4th ed. Edited by Charles E. May, Salem Press, 2012.


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