Dr. Michael T. Wilson

Academic Specialty:

Cultural studies, gender studies, American literature

Office Hours:

Online, by appointment.


  • Ph.D., University of Georgia
  • M.A., University of Georgia


  • “’How the dinner revolves’: Eating, Food, and Consumption in the Fiction of Shirley Jackson.” Shirley Jackson: A Companion, Peter Lang, 2021.
  • "Teaching Edith Wharton's Summer: Gender, Choice, and Consequence." Teaching American Literature: A Journal of Theory and Practice, vol. 11, no. 1, 2020, pp. 89-106. 
  • Minecraft Fiction.” The Microgenre: A Quick Look at Small Culture, Bloomsbury Academic, 2020.
  • “’We know only names, so far’”: Samuel Richardson, Shirley Jackson, and Exploration of the Precarious Self.” Co-author with Jennifer Preston Wilson. Shirley Jackson: Influences and Confluences. Ed. Melanie R. Anderson and Lisa Kroger. Routledge, 2016.
  • “'Absolute Reality' and the Role of the Ineffable in Shirley Jackson's The Haunting of Hill House." The Journal of Popular Culture, 48:1, March 15, 2015.
  • "'you give a damn about so many things I don't': Hemingway's Gendered Sentimentalism in 'The Snows of Kilimanjaro' and 'The Short, Happy Life of Francis Macomber.'" The Sentimental Mode: Essays in Literature, Film and Television. McFarland. (2014).
  • "'Doesn't everybody belong to a subculture?': Community and History in Sherman Alexie's Writing." Critical Insight: Sherman Alexie. Salem Press. (2011).
  • "The 'Nun' As Palimpset: Teaching Mary E. Wilkins Freeman's 'A New England Nun' as an Introduction to Issues of Gender, Genre, Historical and Cultural Context, and Internet Research." Teaching American Literature: A Journal of Theory and Practice, V. 3, Issue 1 (Summer 2009).
  • "How Generational Theory Can Improve Teaching: Strategies for Working with the 'Millennials.'" With Dr. Leslie Gerber. Currents in Teaching and Learning, V.1, No.1 (Fall 2008).
  • "'Saturnalia of Blood': Masculine Self-Control in the Frontier Novel." Studies in American Fiction, V.33, No.2 (Autumn 2005). Reprinted in Nineteenth Century Literary Criticism, V. 197 (NCLC197), Gale Publishing (August 2008).
Title: Associate Professor
Department: Department of English

Email address: Email me

Phone: (828) 262-4957

Office address
Sanford Hall 236