My Story

I’m fascinated by the stories we tell—big cultural stories and small personal stories and family stories and regional stories and everything in between. I think our memories shape our identities, and I think our stories shape our memories. So writing and reading literature for me is a way to find out more about ourselves and the cultural context we live in. As a scholar, a writer, a teacher, and a person in the world, I’m trying to figure out who I am, who we are, and what that means. Our texts are our contexts.

I came to Warren Wilson after getting my Ph.D. at the University of South Carolina and teaching for nearly 20 years at several institutions, the longest being a decade in North Dakota. Warren Wilson feels like coming home.


  • B.A. in Theater, Coker College
  • M.A in English, Western Carolina
  • Ph.D. in the Victorian Novel, University of South Carolina

Research Interests

  • Gothic / horror literature and film in the 19th-21st centuries
  • Narrative Structure
  • New Media, especially serialized audio fiction

Courses Taught

  • ENG 3380: Victorian Literature and Culture
  • ENG 2650: The Gothic Novel
  • FYS 1200 F05: First Year Seminar "Living the Good Life"

Crews and Other Activities

  • Playwright with The Magnetic Theater in Asheville
  • Audio drama writer / producer

Contact Dr. Ridenhour

(828) 771-4071
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