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Brad Bannon

Brad Bannon

Brad Bannon

Senior Lecturer

1202 McClung Tower
Phone: (865) 974-0382
Fax: (865) 974-6926


Brad Bannon is the author of Jonathan Edwards, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, and the Supernatural Will in American Literature (Routledge, 2019), and co-editor of Cormac McCarthy’s Violent Destinies: The Poetics of Determinism and Fatalism (University of Tennessee Press, 2018). He teaches courses in American Literature and first-year composition, and he is currently at work on his second book, tentatively titled Horror and Ecstasy in American Literature and Life: From the Puritans to Public Shaming and Cancel Culture.


  • B.A., Saint Michael’s College, 2003
  • M.A., University of Vermont, 2008
  • Ph.D., University of Western Ontario, 2012




  • “Dark Romanticism, American Asceticism: The Transatlantic Contexts of The Scarlet Letter.” Critical Insights: The Scarlet Letter. Ed. Brian Yothers. Salem Press, 2018.
  • “Fatal Loss in McCarthy’s Tennessee Novels.” Cormac McCarthy’s Violent Destinies: The Poetics of Determinism and Fatalism. Ed. Brad Bannon and John Vanderheide. University of Tennessee Press, 2018.
  • “Coleridge, Edwards, and the Peculiar Progress of Melville’s Free Will Problem.” Visionary of the Word: Melville and Religion. Ed. Jonathan Cook and Brian Yothers. Northwestern University Press, 2017.
  • “Divinations of Agency in Blood Meridian and No Country for Old Men.” The Cormac McCarthy Journal 14.1 (2016): 78-95.
  • “President Edwards and the Sage of Highgate: Determinism, Depravity, and the Supernatural Will.” Journal of the History of Ideas 77.1 (2016): 27-47.
  • “Joyce, Coleridge, and the Eastern Aesthetic.” James Joyce Quarterly 48.3 (Spring 2011): 495-510.