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Keli Masten is Associate Professor at Kendall College of Art and Design of Ferris State University and specializes in the study of American and British literatures, particularly the intersections of the gothic, crime fiction, and gender.


Her article “Cherchez la Femme: A Good Woman’s Place in Hard-Boiled Detective Fiction,” was published in Clues: A Journal of Detection (2018) and focuses on the often sought for dependable woman in hard-boiled worlds.

A developmental writing textbook and reader, entitled Doing the Thing: Surviving and Thriving in College Writing (2023), was created in collaboration with student illustrator, Erin Mulder, and features graphic illustrations and satirical banter to soothe the savage freshmen. 


Most recently released is her essay, “Violet Strange: Gothic Girl Detective,” which explores gender, class, and gothic violence in the adventures of Anna Katharine Green’s young girl detective, and was included in the edited collection Rethinking Gothic Transgressions of Gender and Sexuality with Routledge. 

She is currently working on a book entitled Dark Logic: The American Gothic in Detective Mysteries with Lexington Press.


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