Department of English News

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.

David Gold Wins Award for Book on Rhetoric

David Gold, a UT Knoxville assistant professor of English, has won the 2010 Outstanding Book Award from the Conference on College Composition and Communication for his recent book, “Rhetoric at the Margins: Revising the History of Writing Instruction in American Colleges, 1873-1947.”

Visiting English Scholar to Lecture on Campus This Week

The UT Knoxville Department of English is sponsoring a series of events this week featuring Richard Halpern, professor of English at Johns Hopkins University. Halpern will lecture on “Greek Theater and Democratic Thought: Arendt to Rancière,” on Thursday, March 18, and will lead a seminar on his recent essay, “Hamlet and the Political Economy of Playing,” on Friday, March 19.