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Carissa Smith

Director of the Writing Center, Professor of English
Norris Hall 206C
Phone: 843-863-7773
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Carissa Smith


Originally from Arkansas, Carissa Turner Smith has been teaching at CSU since 2008. Her academic interests include African American literature, young adult literature, women writers, and intersections between theology and literary theory. She serves as Humanities Associate Editor for the Christian Scholar's Review and is active in the Conference on Christianity and Literature. She and her family are members of St. Andrew’s—Goose Creek.


  • Ph.D.      English, The Pennsylvania State University, 2007
  • M.A.       English, The Pennsylvania State University, 2003
  • B.A.        English, Wheaton College (IL), 2001


“Relics and Intersubjectivity in the Harry Potter Series and The Castle Behind Thorns.” Literature and Theology 30.2 (2016): 215-232.

 “Reading in the Dark: The Unheimlich Underworld of Merrie Haskell’s The Princess Curse.” The Gothic Fairy Tale in Young Adult Literature: Essays on Stories from Grimm to Gaiman. Ed. Tanya Jones and Joseph Abbruscato. Jefferson, NC: McFarland, 2014. 181-200.

“Embodying the Postmetropolis in Catherine Fisher’s Incarceron and Sapphique.” Brave New Teenagers: Dystopian Young Adult Fiction. Ed. Balaka Basu, Katherine R. Broad, and Carrie Hintz. New York: Routledge, 2013. 51-65.

“D. J. Waldie’s Holy Land: Redeeming the Spiritual Geography of Suburbia.” Renascence: Essays on Values in Literature 63.4 (Summer 2011): 307-324.

“‘Placing’ the Spiritual Metaphors of Contemporary Women Writers: Sue Monk Kidd and Kathleen Norris.” Literature and Belief 27.2 (Fall 2008): 1-28.

“Women’s Spiritual Geographies of the African Diaspora: Paule Marshall’s Praisesong for the Widow.”African American Review 42.3-4 (Fall/Winter 2008): 715-729.


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