Skip to content

Brad Bannon



Brad Bannon is the author of Jonathan Edwards, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, and the Supernatural Will in American Literature (Routledge, 2019), and co-editor of Cormac McCarthy’s Violent Destinies: The Poetics of Determinism and Fatalism (University of Tennessee Press, 2018). He teaches courses in American Literature and first-year composition, and he is currently at work on his second book, tentatively titled Horror and Ecstasy in American Literature and Life: From the Puritans to Public Shaming and Cancel Culture.


B.A., Saint Michael's College, 2003
M.A., University of Vermont, 2008
Ph.D., University of Western Ontario, 2012




  • “Dark Romanticism, American Asceticism: The Transatlantic Contexts of The Scarlet Letter.” Critical Insights: The Scarlet Letter. Ed. Brian Yothers. Salem Press, 2018.
  • “Fatal Loss in McCarthy’s Tennessee Novels.” Cormac McCarthy’s Violent Destinies: The Poetics of Determinism and Fatalism. Ed. Brad Bannon and John Vanderheide. University of Tennessee Press, 2018.
  • “Coleridge, Edwards, and the Peculiar Progress of Melville’s Free Will Problem.” Visionary of the Word: Melville and Religion. Ed. Jonathan Cook and Brian Yothers. Northwestern University Press, 2017.
  • “Divinations of Agency in Blood Meridian and No Country for Old Men.” The Cormac McCarthy Journal 14.1 (2016): 78-95.
  • “President Edwards and the Sage of Highgate: Determinism, Depravity, and the Supernatural Will.” Journal of the History of Ideas 77.1 (2016): 27-47.
  • “Joyce, Coleridge, and the Eastern Aesthetic.” James Joyce Quarterly 48.3 (Spring 2011): 495-510.

Contact Information

  • 1202 McClung Tower
  • Phone: (865) 974-0382
  • Fax: (865) 974-6926
  • E-mail:

The flagship campus of the University of Tennessee System and partner in the Tennessee Transfer Pathway.