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Dr. Donna Gessell

Title: Professor, English
Phone: 706-864-1528

Office: Dunlap Hall, 206B, Dahlonega
Areas of Expertise: ): Eighteenth C. British, Milton, and Contemporary Literature; English Linguistics; English Pedagogy

Courses Taught

  • English Composition
  • Standard English Grammar
  • World Literature Survey
  • British Literature Survey
  • Milton
  • English Literature of the Restoration and Eighteenth Century
  • The Fiction of Jane Austen
  • The Novel
  • Plague Literature
  • Literary Criticism
  • Visions of Peace in East and West
  • Literature of Australia and New Zealand


  • Ph. D., English, Case Western Reserve University, 1995
  • M.A., English, Case Western Reserve University, 1989
  • B.A., Honors in the Liberal Arts, Comparative Literature, The Ohio State University, 1976
  • B.S., English Education, The Ohio State University, 1976


“Peace Pedagogy from the Borderlines” Chapter. Routledge Handbook of Pacifism and Nonviolence; Routledge Handbooks in Philosophy. Co-authored with Drs. Renée Bricker, Yi Deng, and Michael Proulx. (2018).

“Never Ceasing to Be Ourselves”” A Review of Kat Meads’ In This Season of Rage and Melancholy Such Irrevocable Acts as These. Norman: Mongrel Empire Press, 2016. North Carolina Literary Review, (Forthcoming).

“Judith Ortiz Cofer and the Ecology of Creating Identity.” South Atlantic Review. Journal of the South Atlantic Modern Language Association, 82:3, (2017). 27-45.

“Civilization: Rereading Austen’s Constructed Utopia,” Nighthawks Open Institutional Repository. University of North Georgia. Web. <>.

“What’s in Your Writing Tacklebox?” Contribute a Verse: A Guide to First Year Composition, ed. Tanya Long Bennett. Dahlonega: UPNG, (2015). 44-54.

“Beyond Magical Realism: Teaching Creative Thinking Using Gabriel García Márquez’s ‘The Handsomest Drowned Man in the World,’” Eureka Studies in Short Fiction. Eastern Kentucky University, 11/12 (2015). 84-94.

“Insomnia Well Spent”: A review of Kat Meads’ 2:12 a.m.: Essays. Nacogdoches: Stephen F. Austin Sate UP, 2013. North Carolina Literary Review, 24 (2015). 44-45.

“Reading Flannery O'Connor with Buddha Eyes: Constructing Grace.”  Eureka Studies in Short Fiction. Eastern Kentucky University, 10 (2011). 54-63.

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