MA, Marshall University, 2014
Graduate Certificate in Medieval and Renaissance Literature, Marshall University, 2014
BA English, Indiana University, 2012
Interests and Specializations
Medieval and Renaissance literature, Popular Culture and Comparative Literature Studies, Composition Studies, Women and Gender Studies
Abby Daniel’s current research involves popular culture and comparative literature studies, specifically related to Medieval and Renaissance texts, as well as Composition studies in Rhetorical applications of technology in the classroom and literacy. She has been a member of the English faculty since 2014.
In her courses, which include Introduction to Composition and Advanced Composition, she focuses on themes of social justice, such as gender, sexual orientation, race, religion, ability, and class. She has also developed courses focusing on the themes of historical and modern education, to how literacy influences students today, specifically digital literacy. She has taught Popular Literature, Texting the World, and Crime and Sensation Literature, where students explore the implications and cultural significance, and questions of identity in fiction, nonfiction, and speculative fiction.
“The Stunted Power Dynamics of the Beloved Other: An Exploration of Tyrion’s Lannister’s Subversion of Othering and Chivalric Honor” Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association (PCA/ACA) National Conference, Seattle, WA March 2016
“Power Shifted through the Maternal Monstrous and Powerful Blood of the Dragon: An Examination of Daenerys Targaryen’s Subversion of Political Roles in Westeros” American Comparative Literature Association (ACLA) National Conference, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA March 2016
“The Maiden and the Whore: An Examination of Judith Butler’s Theory of Performativity and Power in A Song of Ice and Fire.” PCA/ACA 2015 National Conference, New Orleans, LA, April 4, 2015
“An Exploration of the Development of The Bedtrick: From Medieval Literature to the Modern Sitcom How I Met Your Mother.” West Virginia University (WVU) English Graduate Colloquium, Morgantown, WV, April 2014.