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Kelli MacCartey

Kelli MacCartey

Senior Lecturer


Dr. MacCartey specializes in British Romanticism, focusing mainly on women’s verse. Her current book project, The “Address to Sensibility;” A New Genre of Women’s Romantic Poetryexamines social, cultural, and historical factors which affected women’s contributions in the literary sphere. With diversity as an overarching theme, women writers’ responses to the cultural feminization and developing social climate of late eighteenth- and early nineteenth-century Britain are explored through detailed examinations of their poems on sensibility and community.

Teaching Interests

Dr. MacCartey regularly teaches the following courses:

First Year Composition (101) Freshmen course which introduces strategies for written argumentation, critical reading, and discussion. Emphasizes audience analysis, the arrangement of ideas, the revision of style, and mechanics.

Inquiry into the Natural World (102) Self-designed composition course which focuses on critical strategies for reading and writing using American environmental literatures, films, and audio essays as texts. Emphasizes documentation, library skills, and the continued development of style and voice.

Honors English Composition (118) Self-designed accelerated and interdisciplinary special topics course that covers the same skill sets as English 101 and 102. Focuses on rhetorical, contextual, and historical analysis.

Introduction to Poetry (251) Self-designed literature course which equips students to read poetry perceptively and to become aware of poetry as a mode of artistic expression. Form, theme, imagery, sound, and critical approaches emphasized in addition to the detailed study of particular authors.

Themes in Literature (254) Self-designed literature course titled “Illustrations of Conflict in the Graphic Novel.” Explores visual literacy through the graphic novel and focuses on the particular themes of survival, identity, and freedom during war time.

Public Writing (255) Discussion-based composition course exploring the relationship between the public and private and our role as American citizens in an ever-changing society. Detailed examinations of news media, historical documents and political narratives. Emphasizes the diverse forms of written communication. Concentrates on using technology.

Romantic Poetry and Prose (414) Self-designed upper-division course covering the first half of the Romantic period. Discusses 18th and 19th century history and culture. Analyzes major and minor authors in Britain including Barbauld, Smith, Robinson, Wollstonecraft, Austen, Wordsworth, Coleridge, Blake, and Hazlitt, among others.

Women Writers in Britain (422) Self-designed upper-division course focusing on famous and lesser-known female writers from the 18th century to present day. Uses an historical approach to discuss the development of women’s voices over time, but also covers a variety of women writers and genres to indicate the diversity of voices in literature. Cross-listed with Women Studies 422.


Ph.D., The University of Warwick, Coventry, England
M.A., The University of York, England
B.A., The University of Colorado at Boulder

Professional Service

  • Lecturer Voting Representative, Department of English, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
  • Videographer, Department of English, University of Tennessee, Knoxville

Awards, Honors & Grants

  • NEH Summer Scholar, “Reassessing Romanticism” Seminar, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, 2013
  • John C. Hodges Course Release 2012
  • John C. Hodges Course Release 2010
  • Faculty First Grant from the Innovative Technology Center 2009
  • Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Fellowship 2003
Kelli MacCartey

Contact Information

  • 526 McClung Tower
  • Phone: (865) 974-2637
  • Fax: (865) 974-6926
  • E-mail:

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