David S. McCracken, Ph.D.

Professor of English; Chair of the Department of Communication, Language, Literature, and Religion

  • Ph.D., Texas A&M University
  • M.A., Texas A&M University
  • B.A., Belmont College

“I started teaching at Coker University in 1998 after a three-year appointment as a visiting assistant professor at Francis Marion University. I began as the director of the campus writing center (my M.A. is in rhetoric and composition with a specialization in writing centers). I am currently the American literature specialist (my Ph.D. emphasis is in twentieth-century American literature). My academic specializations are American literature, modern fiction, and rhetoric and composition, and my current research interests are Chuck Palahniuk, F. Scott Fitzgerald, and the writing process. I am a long distance runner.”


  • American Literature I
  • American Literature II
  • American Renaissance and Beyond
  • Faulkner and His Contemporaries
  • Writing for the Workplace
  • Advanced Composition and Rhetoric


Postmodern Parody in the Novels of Chuck Palahniuk. McFarland Publishing (forthcoming 2016)


Melanie McGrath. “Chopin and Freeman,” Sigma Tau Delta 2013 National Conference, OR


“The Issue of Denial in F. Scott Fitzgerald’s ‘An Alcoholic Case.’” Journal of Social Science Research 1(2013): 121-28.

“God, Job, and Desire in Pietro di Donato’s Christ in Concrete.” Postscript: Publication of the Philological Association of the Carolinas 28 (2013). www.pachome.org.

“Chuck Palahniuk’s Fight Club as Working-Class Novel” Postscript: Publication of the Philological Association of the Carolinas 27 (2012). www.pachome.org.

“Charlotte Simmons as a Working-Class Heroine in Tom Wolfe’s I am Charlotte Simmons.” Critical Approaches to American Working-Class Literature: Classed Critiques. Ed. Michelle Tokarczyk. New York: Routledge, 2011. 87-102.

“Francis Phelan as a Postmodern Odysseus in William Kennedy’s Ironweed.” Postscript: Publication of the Philological Association of the Carolinas 22 (2005): 1-8.