Michael A. Lofaro

Professor

Education

B.S., Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
M.A., Ph.D., University of Maryland


Publications

  • Southern Manuscript Sermons Before 1800:  A Bibliography.  Knoxville, TN:  Newfound Press of the University of Tennessee Libraries, 2010.  This is the print version of the fully searchable, full title database noted below.
  • Southern Manuscript Sermons Before 1800:  A Bibliographic Database.  This fully searchable, updatable, full title database contains over 1650 entries.  Knoxville, TN:  Newfound Press of the University of Tennessee Libraries, 2010.  Available at: http://dlc.lib.utk.edu/sermons/sermons_public.htm.  Also available through the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Documenting the American South.
  • A Death in the Family:  A Restoration of the Author’s Text, ed.  Volume 1 of The Works of James Agee, General Editor, Michael A. Lofaro, a CSE/MLA Approved edition.  Knoxville, TN:  University of Tennessee Press, 2007.
  • Dutch popular edition published in 2009 as James Agee, Een Sterfgeval in de Familie, trans. Nele Ysebaert, Amsterdam:  Uitgeverij G. A. van Oorschot, 2009.
  • Agee Agonistes:  Critical Essays and Celebrations of the Life and Work of James Agee, ed.  Knoxville, TN:  University of Tennessee Press, 2007.
  • James Agee Rediscovered: Journals of Let Us Now Praise Famous Men and Other New Manuscripts, ed. with Hugh Davis. Knoxville, TN: University of Tenn. Press, 2005
  • Daniel Boone: An American Life, Lexington, KY: University Press of Kentucky, 2003; paperback 2011
  • The Literary Notebooks of James Agee and Other Documents, ed. with Hugh Davis. Ridgewood, NJ: The James Agee Trust, 2002
  • Davy Crockett’s Riproarious Shemales and Sentimental Sisters: Women’s Tall Tales from the Crocket Almanacs (1835-1856), ed. Mechanicsburg, PA: (Stackpole Books, 2001)
  • The ADGSE Bulletin, ed. This newsletter for the Association of Directors of Graduate Study in English is generally issued annually (Knoxville, TN: 1993-2001)
  • James Agee: Reconsiderations (University of Tennessee Press, 1992)
  • Crockett at Two Hundred: New Perspectives on the Man and the Myth, ed. with Joe Cummings (University of Tennessee Press, 1989)
  • The Tall Tales of Davy Crockett: The Second Nashville Series of Crockett Almanacs, 1839-1841, ed. (University of Tennessee Press, 1987)
  • Davy Crockett: The Man, The Legend, The Legacy (1786-1986), ed. (University of Tennessee Press, 1985, rpt. 1986)
  • The Life and Adventures of Daniel Boone (University Press of Kentucky, 1978: Revised edition, 1986, Rpt. 1992).

Representative articles

  • “Davy Crockett, David Crockett, and Me:  A Personal Journey Through Legend into History,” rpt. in A Tennessee Folklore Sampler:  Selections from the Tennessee Folklore Society Bulletin (1935-2009), ed. Ted Olsen and Anthony P. Cavender(Knoxville, TN:  University of Tennessee Press, 2009), 243-56.
  • “Southern Manuscript Sermons before 1800:  A Bibliographic Database,” The Library Development Review, 2008-2009, (University of Tennessee, 2009), 7-8.
  • “David (Davy) Crockett,” The New Encyclopedia of Southern Culture (Chapel Hill:  University of North Carolina Press, 2008), Vol. 9 (Literature), 231-32.
  • “’Enter the Ford’:  Lost Chapters from A Death in the Family by James Agee,” ed. HARPER’S Magazine (December 2007), 77-93.
  • “Idyll or Terror?:  The True Introduction to Agee’s A Death in the Family,” in Michael A. Lofaro, ed. Agee Agonistes:  Critical Essays and Celebrations of the Life and Work of James Agee  (Knoxville, TN:  University of Tennessee Press, 2007), 235-49.
  • “Daniel Boone,” and “Davy Crockett,” The New Encyclopedia of Southern Culture (Chapel Hill:  University of North Carolina Press, 2006), Vol. 3 (History), 267-69, 280-82.
  • “David Crockett,” Encyclopedia of Appalachia (Knoxville:  University of Tennessee Press, 2006), 300-301.
  • “William Fitzhugh,” “Francis Walker Gilmer,” and “David Crockett,” Southern Writers:  A Biographical Dictionary (Baton Rouge:  Louisiana State University Press, 2006), 135, 157-58, 90-91.
  • “All the Way Home:  Collecting the Works and Celebrating the Life of James Agee,” with Aaron D. Purcell, The Library Development Review, 2004-2005, (University of Tennessee, 2005), 3-6.
  • “Life on the Kentucky Frontier,” ed. Kenneth H. Williams (one of the four speakers), The Register of the Kentucky Historical Society, 102, No. 4 (Autumn 2004 [sic. 2005]), 461-487.
  • “The Many Lives of Daniel Boone,” The Register of the Kentucky Historical Society, 102, No. 4 (Autumn 2004 [sic. 2005]), 489-511.
  • “Introduction” and “The Life and Times of James Agee,” with Hugh Davis, in James Agee Rediscovered: The Journals of Let Us Now Praise Famous Men and Other New Manuscripts, ed. Lofaro and Davis (Knoxville, TN: of Tennessee Press, 2005), xiii-xxi and xxiiixxxvi
  • “Daniel Boone’s American Life: An Interview with Biographer Michael Lofaro,” ed. James Russell Harris and Kenneth H. Williams, The Register of the Kentucky Historical Society, 100 No. 4 (Autumn 2002 [sic. 2003]): 497-504
  • “They Don’t Make ‘em Like They Used To”: Davy Crockett, Nostalgia, and Disney’s Version of the Frontier Hero,” Nostalgies Américaines: Littérature, Cinéma, Civilisation, ed. John Chandler, William Dow, and Yann Roblou (Valenciennes, France: Mallard Editions, 2003), 43-63
  • “The Davy Crockett Experience, Now Online! Part II: Davy and Ovid?,” The Library Development Review 2002-03, ed. Aaron D. Purcell (Knoxville: The University of Tennessee, 2003): 7
  • “America, Look at your Shame!: A Previously Unplublished Essay by James Agee,” ed. and introduced (with Hugh Davis), Oxford American: The Southern Magazine of Good Writing (January/February 2003), 35-39. Also published as “James Agee, ‘After the Riots,’” Harper’s, 306, No, 1837 (June 2003), 27-31, and in Louis Menand, ed. The Best American Essays 2004 (Boston: Mifflin, 2004)
  • “David Crockett,” The Companion to Southern Literature: Genres, Places, People, Movements, and Motifs, ed. Joseph M. Flora and Lucinda MacKethan (Baton Rouge, LA: Louisiana State University Press, 2002), p. 195
  • “Shemales, Sentiment, and Stereotypes: A Long View of the Crockett Almanacs,” in Michael A. Lofaro, ed., Davy Crockett’s Riproarious Shemales and Sentimental Sisters: Women’s Tall Tales from the Crockett Almanacs (1835-1856) (Mechanicsburg, PA: Stackpole Books, 2001), pp. 5-92
  • “Daniel Boone,” and “Davy Crockett,” The Oxford Companion to American History, ed. Paul Boyer (New York: Oxford University Press, 2001), 81-82, 167-68
  • “Daniel Boone,” and “Davy Crockett,” American National Biography, ed. John A. Garraty and Mark C. Karnes (NY: Oxford University Press, 1999), III, 189-190, and V, 750-52
  • “Constance Rourke and Cultural History: The Case of Davy Crockett,” an introduction to Constance Rourke’s Davy Crockett (1934; Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 1998), vii-xvii; “Davy Crockett,” Tennessee Encyclopedia of History and Culture (Tennessee Historical Society, 1998), 219-20
  • “David Crockett.” The Handbook of Texas, rev. ed. (Austin, Texas: Texas State Historical Association, 1996), II, 408-10; “Davy Crockett,” American Folklore: An Encyclopedia(Garland Publishing, 1996), 179-81
  • “Tracking Daniel Boone: The Changing Frontier in American Life,” Appalachia Inside Out(University of Tennessee Press, 1995), I, 43-50
  • “From David to Davy: The Growth of the Legendary Crockett,” Appalachia Inside Out(University of Tennessee Press, 1995), I, 52-58
  • “Davy Crockett, David Crockett, and Me: A Personal Journey Through Legend into History,”Tennessee Folklore Society Bulletin 56.3 (1994), 96-106
  • “Preface,” James Agee: Reconsiderations, ed. Michael A. Lofaro (University of Tennessee Press, 1992), xi-xiii; Introductions to “William Byrd II,” “Thomas Jefferson,” “St. Jean de Crevecoeur,” and “Thomas Paine” for The Prentice-Hall Anthology of American Literature(1991), 245-46, 431-32, 486-70, 495-97
  • “Aaron Curtis’ ‘Comic’ Broadsides: The Legacy of an Obscure Black Minstrel Singer,” with Sandra G. Hancock, Tennessee Folklore Society Bulletin LV.3 (1992), 89-100
  • “Billy the Kid” and “James Bowie,” World Book Encyclopedia (Scott Fetzer, 1990), 2, 308, 530
  • “Riproarious Shemales: Legendary Women in the Tall Tales of the Davy Crockett Almanacs,” in Crockett at Two Hundred: New Perspectives on the Man and the Myth, ed. Michael A. Lofaro and Joe Cummings, (University of Tennessee Press, 1989), 114-52
  • “Introduction to the Bison Book Edition,” of John Bakeless, Daniel Boone: Master of the Wilderness (1939; University of Nebraska Press, 1989), xi-xix; “Daniel Boone” and “Davy Crockett,” Encyclopedia of Southern Culture (University of North Carolina Press, 1989), 677-78, 683-84
  • “Daniel Boone” and “David Crockett,” World Book Encyclopedia (Chicago: Scott Fetzer, 1988), 2,488-91 and 4,1149-50
  • “Why Davy Won’t Die,” Tennessee Illustrated, I (July/August 1988), 12-18
  • “Davy Crockett, Tall Tale Humor, and the Second Nashville Series of Crockett Almanacs,” in Michael A. Lofaro, ed., The Tall Tales of Davy Crockett: The Second Nashville Series of Crockett Almanacs, 1839-1841, (University of Tennessee Press, 1987), xv-xxxviii
  • “Davy Crockett’s Legend Grew Just Like America.” Perspective, The Atlanta Journal-The Atlanta Constitution, Sunday, June 1, 1986, Section D, 1, 7; “Introduction,” with historical revisions and a critical update to James A. Shackford’s David Crockett: The Man and the Legend, ed. by John B. Shackford (1956; Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1986), ix-xx
  • “The Legendary Davy Crockett,” Tennessee Conservationist, LII (July-August 1986), 2-5; “Introduction,” Houston and Crockett, ed. by Herbert L. Harper (Tennessee Historical Commission, 1986), 127-31
  • “Francis Walker Gilmer,” Dictionary of Literary Biography; American Writers of the Early Republic, ed. by Emory Elliot (Gale Research Company, 1985), 181-83
  • “The Hidden ‘Hero’ of the Nashville Crockett Almanacs,” in Michael A. Lofaro, ed., Davy Crockett: The Man, The Legend, The Legacy (1786-1986) (University of Tennessee Press, 1985), 46-79
  • “Thomas Bray,” “William Fitzhugh,” “Deuel Pead,” and “Alexander Whitaker,” Dictionary of Literary Biography: American Colonial Writers, 1606-1734, ed. by Emory Elliot (Gale Research Company, 1984), 36-38, 121-23, 248-49, and 331-32
  • “Tracking Daniel Boone: The Changing Frontier in American Life,” The Register of the Kentucky Historical Society, 82 (1984), 321-33
  • “William Fitzhugh” and “George Whitefield,” American Writers Before 1800: A Biographical and Critical Dictionary, ed James A. Levernier and Douglas R. Wilmes, 3 vols., (Greenwood Press, 1983), I, 585-87, and III, 1578-81
  • “Daniel Boone” in An Encyclopedia of East Tennessee, ed. by Jim Stokely and Jeff D. Johnson (Oak Ridge, Tenn.: Children’s Museum of Oak Ridge, 1981), 56-59
  • Editor, “A Colloquium on the Present State of Study of Early American Literature and the Contributions of Richard Beale Davis to that Study,” Tennessee Studies in Literature, 26 (1981), “Three New Ballads of American Defeat: Braddock’s Campaign, the Revolution, and the War of 1812,” Tennessee Folklore Society Bulletin, 45 (1979), 143-53
  • “From Boone to Crockett: The Beginnings of Frontier Humor,” Mississippi Folklore Register,14 (1980), 57-74; 1-47
  • “William Fitzhugh” and “Francis Walker Gilmer,” Southern Writers: A Biographical Guide, ed. by Robert Bain, Joseph M. Flora, and Lewis D. Rubin, Jr. (Louisiana State University Press, 1979), 157-58 and 178-79
  • “Francis Walker Gilmer,” in W. Hamilton Bryson, ed., The Virginia Law Reporters before 1880(The University Press of Virginia, 1978), 33-46
  • “The Eighteenth Century ‘Autobiographies’ of Daniel Boone,” The Register of the Kentucky Historical Society, 76 (1978), 85-97
  • “What Did Caliban Look Like?” with Barry Gaines, Mississippi Folklore Register, 10 (1976), 175-86
  • “The Mask with No Eyes: Yeats’ Vision in Per Amica Silentia Lunae,” Style, 10 (1976), 51-66.

Awards, Honors & Grants

  • American Antiquarian Society, Grant for Research (short term), 2010
  • Chancellor’s Grant for Faculty Research, 2010
  • John C. Hodges Summer Research Grant, 2010
  • Subvention Grant to aid in publishing Southern Sermons before 1800: A Bibliography from the Office of Research, the College of Arts and Sciences, and the Department of English, 2010
  • College of Arts and Sciences Faculty Award for Academic Outreach, 2009
  • University of Tennessee Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Academic Outreach, 2009
  • Internal Funding for the James Agee Centennial Celebration from the John C. Hodges Better English Fund, the Hanes-Morris Endowment that resides in the College of Arts and Sciences, and the College of Arts and Sciences, Office of Academic Outreach, 2009
  • Office of Research, funding for Summer Research Assistant for vol. 5 of The Works of James Agee: The Complete Poetry, 2008
  • Member, International Committee (Governing Board), International Association of University Professors of English (IAUPE), 2006-
  • Graduate School Subvention Grant to aid in the publication of A Death in the Family:  A Restoration of the Author’s Text, Volume 1 of The Works of James Agee, 2006
  • Chair, James Agee Celebration (March-August, 2005), with external grants from the Tennessee Arts Commission, Allyn Bacon Pearson Longman, and the City of Knoxville and Knox County, 2005
  • received the College of Arts and Sciences’ Senior Research and Creative Achievement Award in the Arts and Humanities, 2005
  • elected Assistant Secretary General, Fédération Internationale des Langues et Litératures Modernes (FILLM), 2005-
  • Elected to membership in the International Association of University Professors of English (IAUPE)
  • Lindsay Young Professor of American literature and American Studies, 2004-
  • Senior Fulbright Lecturing-Research Award (University of Vienna), 1994-95
  • Chairperson, Association of Directors of Graduate Study in English, 1990-2003
  • Tennessee Historical Commission Grant for Crockett at Two Hundred: New Perspectives on the Man and the Myth, 1987
  • Tennessee Historical Commission Grant for The Tall Tales of Davy Crockett: The Second Nashville Series of Crockett Almanacs (1839-1841), 1986
  • Recipient, Governor’s Award for Literary Achievement, 1986
  • Fellow, The Huntington Library, San Marino, California, 1984
  • Fellow, The Newberry Library, Chicago, 1984
  • President, Tennessee Folklore Society, 1981-83
  • National Endowment for the Humanities Grant, Project Director and Principal Investigator for “Southern Sermons Before 1800: A Bibliography,” 1981-83
  • Fellow of the National Humanities Center, Research Triangle Park, N.C., 1980-81
  • Vice President, Tennessee Folklore Society, 1979-81
  • Richard H. Collins Award for the best article appearing in 1978 in The Register of The Kentucky Historical Society, 1979
  • Special Consultant, National Endowment for the Humanities Grant for “THREADS,” a program designed to bring the humanities to the members of the Amalgamated Clothing and Textile Workers Union, 1978-79
  • National Endowment for the Humanities Grant on “Appalachian Spectrum” series for PBS, 1977-78
  • Special Consultant, National Endowment for the Humanities Grant on “The South” series for PBS, 1977-78.