Department of English News

Leading Author on American Religion to Speak at UT Feb. 28

Author and professor Jeff Sharlet will discuss the intersection of religion and politics in America at the second annual David L. Dungan Memorial Lecture at 7:00 p.m., Tuesday, February 28, in the Cox Auditorium of the Alumni Memorial Building. Sharlet’s lecture is titled “The Noise of Democracy: Faith, Faithlessness, and the Country In Between.”

In Memoriam: Bain Stewart

Former UT English professor and department head Bain Stewart died Saturday, January 21, at the age of 96. Stewart came to UT in 1940 when John Hodges was the department head and retired in 1985—a forty-five year career that was interrupted only by service in World War II.

UT Writing Program Wins National Award

The writing program in UT Knoxville’s English department has been nationally recognized as a program of excellence. The Conference on College Composition and Communication has awarded a Certificate of Excellence to UT’s writing program, which includes the first-year composition program and the Writing Center.

Historical Work of Fiction the Topic for Season’s Final Pregame Showcase

A spellbinding work of historical fiction is the topic for this week’s College of Arts and Sciences Pregame Showcase at UT Knoxville. Led by Michael Knight, professor of English, the showcase will focus on Knight’s novel, “The Typist,” the story of a man who finds himself in the employ of General Douglas MacArthur during the occupation of Japan after WWII.

UT English Professor’s Poetry, Prose Inspired by 9/11 Experience

Marilyn Kallet, English professor and director of UT’s Creative Writing Program, was at LaGuardia Airport in New York City on the morning on September 11, 2001. She was returning to Knoxville after giving a poetry reading at an actor’s co-op in the East Village the night before.

Author Clive Sinclair to Read at UT April 21

Author Clive Sinclair will read from his work at 3:00 p.m. Thursday, April 21, in room 1210 of the University of Tennessee, Knoxville’s McClung Tower. The reading is sponsored by the Department of English and the Fern and Manfred Steinfeld Program in Judaic Studies.

DeParle Recalls Favorite Faculty

In today’s video, alumna Nancy-Anne DeParle, President Barack Obama’s former deputy chief of staff, reminisces about some of her favorite UT faculty.

English Department Hosts ‘Literary Geographies’ Lecture Today

The UT Knoxville Department of English is hosting a lecture by Paul Giles of the University of Sydney, Australia, at 3:30 p.m. today in 1210 McClung Tower. Giles, the Challis Chair of English at the University of Sydney, will present a lecture titled “Transatlantic/Transpacific: Herman Melville and ‘The Other Side of the Sphere.'” The event is free and open to the public.