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Medieval and Renaissance Studies in English

Tom Heffernan on Skellig Michael

Professor Tom Heffernan at the Christian monastic site on Skelling Michael, off the coast of County Kerry, Ireland

Medieval Studies has a long history at the UT beginning with the tenure of the great Arthurian scholar J. Douglas Bruce, who was head of the department from 1900 to 1923. Graduate students will find a library of primary and secondary literature in the field that is unsurpassed in the southeast, as well as an active and collegial interdisciplinary faculty of almost twenty-five from six participating departments in the College of Arts and Science.  The four faculty members in English (Dzon, Heffernan, Howes and Liuzza) have been the recipients of national and international awards. Graduate students in medieval have won departmental research awards, which provide the opportunity to work closely with professors on research and editorial projects. In addition to the MA and the PhD, a graduate student in English can now also receive a certificate in Medieval Studies. The journal Old English Newsletter (ed. Liuzza) provides additional internship opportunities for interested students.

Laura Howes in  Siena, Italy, for a New Chaucer Society Conference

Laura Howes in Siena, Italy, for a New Chaucer Society Conference

The Renaissance group offers comprehensive training in the literature, the major cultural contexts, and the critical legacies of sixteenth-and early seventeenth-century England. Its faculty provides expertise in the dramatic and non-dramatic literature of the period, the major authors (such as Shakespeare, Spenser, and Milton), and a full range of scholarly domains for study that includes, but is not exhausted by: the emerging tradition of women writers, Reformation studies, early modern poetics and linguistics, the changing dynamic of authorship, Renaissance musicology, natural philosophy and political philosophy, as well as contemporary critical theory and psychoanalysis.

As a group, professors Jane Bellamy, Mary Dzon, Thomas Heffernan, Heather Hirschfeld, Laura Howes, Roy Liuzza, Robert Stillman and Anthony Welch are vitally involved in the intellectual and organizational work of Marco and regularly encourages exchange between and among the various disciplines that participate in it.  It includes scholars whose work is internationally known, some of the department’s most accomplished teachers.

Heather Hirschfeld at Kenilworth Castle

Heather Hirschfeld at Kenilworth Castle, Warwickshire, England

UT Acquires Major Archive of Rare Books by Shakespeare’s Contemporaries UT’s English students and faculty now have access to a major new archive of rare books printed in 16th- and 17th-century England. In summer 2010, the University of Tennessee Libraries acquired more than 300 early printed books from the collection of the late Naseeb Shaheen, noted Shakespeare scholar and professor of English at the University of Memphis for forty years.


Anthony Welch at Kenilworth Castle

Anthony Welch at Kenilworth Castle, Warwickshire, England

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