Dr. Patricia Gaitely

Associate Professor

Dr. Patricia Gaitely
615-898-2857
Room 335, Peck Hall (PH)
MTSU Box 70, Murfreesboro, TN 37132

Degree Information

  • Ph.D., University of Louisiana, Lafayette (2003)
  • M.A., University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa (1997)
  • B.A., Lancaster University (1995)

Biography

Since joining the English Department in 2006, Dr. Patricia Gaitely, a native of the UK, has taught both graduate and undergraduate courses on literature and folklore. Currently writing a book on the fiction of James Lee Burke, in 2014 she delivered the first talk in the English Department’s Community Dialogue Speaker Series: "There's a Whole Lot of Snaking Going On: Folklore, Serpent Handling, and Appalachian Life."

Publications

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Since joining the English Department in 2006, Dr. Patricia Gaitely, a native of the UK, has taught both graduate and undergraduate courses on literature and folklore. Currently writing a book on the fiction of James Lee Burke, in 2014 she delivered the first talk in the English Department’s Community Dialogue Speaker Series: "There's a Whole Lot of Snaking Going On: Folklore, Serpent Handling, and Appalachian Life."

Publications

Gaitely, Patricia. "Robicheaux's Revenants: The Use and Function of the Revenant in James Lee Burke's Dave Robicheaux Novels." Clues: A Journal of Detection 28.2 (2010): 77-86. 
___. "I Took No Joy In It": Southern Violence and Folk Justice in the Robicheaux Novels. Ed. Leonard Engel. Jefferson:McFarland and Company, 2010. 42-51. 
___. "'It's an Easy Life': Women Serpent-Handlers in Contemporary Appalachia." North Carolina Folklore Journal 56.2 (2009): 52-64. 
___. "Perceptions and Misconceptions of Folkl Belief in James Lee Burke's Dave Robicheaux Novels." Louisiana Folklore Miscellany XVIII (2008): 91-108.

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