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Sam Turner

Sam Turner

Sam Turner

Senior Lecturer

1112A McClung Tower


Sam Turner grew up in Portland, Maine. He has taught at the University of Virginia and, since 2013, at the University of Tennessee. His research and teaching interests include lyric poetry, nineteenth- and twentieth-century American literature, global cinema, contemporary global pop culture, translation theory, and the relationship of writing to non-print technologies of representation and transmission (such as photography and sound recording). In his free time, he likes to play the guitar, write and record songs, and hang out on the porch with his two cats, Bing and Guy. 


  • BA – Vassar College – 1997
  • MA and PhD – University of Virginia – 2013

Regularly Taught Courses

  • English 101: English Composition I
  • English 102: English Composition II- Inquiry into the Titanic and Its Legacy
  • English 231: American Literature I- Colonial Era to the Civil War
  • English 232: American Literature II- Civil War to the Present
  • English 254: Themes in Literature- Boom and Bust: American Literature in the 1920s and 1930s
  • English 254: Themes in Literature- Representing Japan in the United States, 1817-2017
  • English 254: Themes in Literature- The City in American Literature of the 1920s