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English at UT

Welcome to the Department of English at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. In designing this site, we have aimed at making it “full-service.” We intend it to be of use to prospective and current students, faculty, staff, alumni, and community members near and far.

Allen Dunn

We are a diverse department with a diverse mission. We teach First-Year Composition to all the students at the University of Tennessee, and we teach literature to a sizable percentage of that total. We have an undergraduate major with four “concentrations”: creative writing, literature, rhetoric and writing, and technical communication. We offer an MA in English and an MFA in Creative Writing. We offer a Ph.D. with concentrations in Literature, Criticism, and Textual Studies; in Rhetoric, Writing, and Linguistics; and in English with Creative Dissertation.

Our diversity shows up in our curriculum. You can take courses with us in Early or Late Shakespeare, Rhetoric of Legal Discourse, Teaching English as a Second or Foreign Language, Film and American Culture, and Race and Ethnicity in American Literature.

The links on this site will give you a good idea of all we offer.  Email addresses can be found by clicking the Faculty and Staff button and—for particular units in the department—the other buttons on the left menu.  If, after looking at the links, you have questions, feel free to email me at  We love to get mail!

Allen Dunn, Department Head
Department of English
301 McClung Tower
Knoxville, TN 37996-0430

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