MA Student, Graduate Teaching Associate
Trent Sanders' research interests include religion, philosophy, antiquity, Patristics, the epic, and Milton. He has published in the literary journal Philosophy and Literature, and is currently writing a master's thesis on Milton, seventeenth-century religious rites and thought in England, and Martyrdom. He is also developing a series of short plays which merge antiquity and early Christian martyrs into contemporary life, thought, and feeling. Most recently, he is writing a play about what a modern day saint is, but uses the genre conventions of myth to tell the story.
As part of his service to the university, he teaches rhetorical composition and the rhetoric of inquiry. He also participates in the Knoxville community through attending local plays. In addition, he has organized a staged reading for his work with a Knoxville group of actors.
He plans to apply to both PhD programs in literature and to MFA programs in playwriting in the fall of 2017.
B.A. University of Kansas, 2016
"The Promethean Form: A Poet’s Ontological Metamorphosis in Emerson’s 'Self-Reliance' and 'The Poet'.” Forthcoming in Philosophy and Literature.
Awards, Honors & Grants
F. DeWolfe Miller Graduate Student Travel Grants, Spring 2017
Grants from the DGS Discretionary Fund, Spring 2017