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18th- and 19th-Century Literature, British and American

Faculty members specializing in the historical fields of eighteenth- and nineteenth-century British and American literatures have intersecting interests and work together on graduate examinations, MA theses and dissertations. We have active research agendas in Restoration/Eighteenth Century British Studies (Anderson, Havens), Early American (Chiles), Nineteenth-Century British (Billone, Cohen-Vrignaud, Henry) and Nineteenth-Century American (Chiles, Coleman, Griffin, Papke).

Lucas Nossaman (grad), Katy Chiles, Derrick Spires (Cornell U, guest speaker), Shaina Destine (UT Libraries), Mark Tabone (English), Anne Langendorfer (English) at the Frederick Douglass Day Celebration, 2020
Lucas Nossaman (grad), Katy Chiles, Derrick Spires (Cornell U, guest speaker), Shaina Destine (UT Libraries), Mark Tabone (English), Anne Langendorfer (English) at the Frederick Douglass Day Celebration, 2020

We collaborate to bring in speakers, conduct extracurricular Research Seminars funded by the University of Tennessee Humanities Center, and organize community events such as Author Festivals (Jane Austen, Herman Melville) and the annual Frederick Douglass Day.

Our faculty approach the literature of these historical periods from the perspectives of Critical Race Theory, Feminist and Gender Theory, Queer Theory, Transatlantic Studies, Theatre Studies, Religious Studies, Secular Studies, Animal Studies and Digital Humanities, among others.   

Recently, we have offered seminars on Restoration Drama, Historicizing Sexuality (1660-1800), Early Black Writing, Romantic Poetry, Children’s Literature, Victorian Novels, Victorian Studies/Animal Studies, Queer Theory, Feminist Theory, Critical Race Theory, Religion and Secularity, Transcendentalism and its Influence, Jane Austen, and Herman Melville.

Professor Nancy Henry with graduate students Ali Clymer, Rochelle Davis and Josh Dobbs at the Dickens Universe in Santa Cruz, CA.Professor Nancy Henry with graduate students Ali Clymer, Rochelle Davis and Josh Dobbs at the Dickens Universe in Santa Cruz, CA.

Faculty members serve as editors of international journals including: Early American Literature, The Burney Journal, Journal of Victorian Culture, George Eliot-George Henry Lewes Studies and Victorians Institute Journal. The Richard Beale Davis Fellowships offer graduate students the opportunity to serve as Research and Editorial Assistants. We offer generous funding for travel to conferences and archives. We are a member of the Dickens Project and send students to the Dickens Universe in Santa Cruz. Department members have been involved with the R18 Collective, which offers resources, including online productions of plays. Furthermore, the University of Tennessee library has a robust collection of print and digital holdings that are relevant to research in eighteenth- and nineteenth-century studies. https://www.lib.utk.edu/.