Department of English News

English Department Lecture Explores ‘Humanities Without Apology’

Michael Berube

Michael Bérubé, the president of the Modern Language Association (MLA), will speak at UT Knoxville on Tuesday, September 11, in McClung Tower Room 1210. The talk is titled “The Humanities Without Apology” and is part of the Literature, Criticism, and Textual Studies speaker series sponsored by the Hodges Better English Fund and the Department of English. The event is free and open to the public.

Best-selling Grammar, Writing Guide by Late UT Professor Celebrates 70th Anniversary

A best-selling handbook that for decades has influenced the teaching and learning of writing—and was created by a late UT professor—is celebrating its seventieth anniversary. “The Hodges Harbrace Handbook,” produced by John C. Hodges in 1941, is one of the most widely used grammar reference books at colleges and universities in the United States, as well as one of the oldest.

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.