Department of English
Middle Tennessee State University
1301 East Main Street
Murfreesboro, TN 37132
Main Office: Peck Hall 302
Department Chair: Dr. Tom Strawman
Telephone: (615) 898-5644
Fax: (615) 898-5098
Dr. David Lavery
Professor, Director of Graduate Studies
Member, Graduate Faculty
B.S., 1971, Clarion University; M.A., 1973, St. Cloud University; Ph.D., 1978, University of Florida. (1993)
Office: PH 316A; Phone/Voice Mail: 898-5648
Dr. David Lavery is Professor of English at Middle Tennessee State University (1993- ). The author of over one hundred published essays, chapters, and reviews, he is author / co-author / editor / co-editor of seventeen published or under contract books: Late for the Sky: The Mentality of the Space Age (Southern Illinois U P, 1992); Full of Secrets: Critical Approaches to Twin Peaks (Wayne State U P, 1994); 'Deny All Knowledge': Reading The X-Files (Syracuse U P, 1996); Fighting the Forces: What's at Stake in Buffy the Vampire Slayer (Rowman & Littlefield, 2002); Teleparody: Predicting/Preventing the TV Discourse of Tomorrow (Wallflower, Columbia U P, 2002); This Thing of Ours: Investigating The Sopranos (Wallflower, Columbia U P, 2002); Seinfeld, Master of Its Domain: Revisiting Television's Greatest Sitcom (Continuum, 2006); Unlocking the Meaning of Lost: The Unauthorized Guide (Sourcebooks, 2006, 2007); Reading Deadwood: A Western to Swear By and Reading The Sopranos: Hit TV from HBO (both in the Reading Contemporary Television Series, I. B. Tauris, 2006); Dear Angela: Remembering My So Called Life (Lexington Books, 2007); Lost's Buried Treasures (Sourcebooks, 2007); Saving the World: A Guide to Heroes (ECW Press, 2007); Finding Battlestar Galactica (Sourcebooks, 2008); Joss: A Creative Portrait of the Maker of the Whedonverses (forthcoming from I. B. Tauris/St. Martin's); The Essential Cult Television Reader (forthcoming from University Press of Kentucky); Owen Barfield (forthcoming in the Western Esoteric Masters Series, North Atlantic Books).
The organizer of international conferences on Buffy the Vampire Slayer and The Sopranos, a founding co-editor of the journals Slayage: The Online International Journal of Buffy Studies and Critical Studies in Television, he has lectured around the world (Australia, Turkey, the UK, Portugal, New Zealand, Ireland, Germany) on the subject of television and has been a guest/source for the BBC, NPR, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, The New York Times, A Folha de Sao Paulo, The Toronto Star . . . . From 2006-2008, he taught at Brunel University in London. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org .