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Faculty News and Updates

Alison Ensor, emeritus professor of English, taught his ninth course for the Oak Ridge Institute for Continued Learning and was named teacher of the year for 2019. He also delivered an illustrated lecture on Mark Twain at the Monteagle Sunday School Assembly (founded 1882) at Monteagle, Tennesse.

Misty Anderson’s co-edited Routledge Anthology of Restoration and Eighteenth-Century Performancehad its second volume published in spring 2019. She served as president of the Faculty Senate for the 2018-19 academic year and on the Chancellor’s search that brought Chancellor Plowman to the campus.

Katy Chiles has become the co-editor for reviews for Early American Literature, the flagship journal of early American literary studies, and this year she is serving as an interim vice chair of UT’s Africana studies program.

Amy Elias successfully ended her co-editorship of ASAP/Journal, winning Best New Journal in the Humanities Award from the Association of American Publishers as well as the Council of Editors of Learned Journals Award for Best New Journal. As UT Humanities Center director, she is enjoying developing new programs, was elected to the board of Humanities Tennessee, and was awarded the Excellence in Humanities Award from the UT Office of Research. Her own research on dialogue continued in a 2019 PMLA article and an invited George Ford Lecture at the University of Rochester, as well as through talks at the College Art Association and ASAP/10.

Stan Garner’s latest book—Kinesthetic Spectatorship in the Theatre: Phenomenology, Cognition, Movement—was published in fall 2018 as part of Palgrave Macmillan’s Cognitive Studies in Literature and Performance series. In April 2019, he was awarded the Chancellor’s Award for Research and Creative Achievement.

Jessi Grieser won runner-up in the Linguistic Society of America’s Five-minute Linguist competition and gave a talk at the American Dialect Society conference in January 2019. Her article “Topic Based Style Shifting in the Classic Sociolinguistic Interview” appeared in the journal American Speech.

Bill Hardwig organized and ran (along with Brad Bannon in the English department) an author festival celebrating the life and work of Cormac McCarthy. McCarthyFest included a special collections display, a walking tour of McCarthy’s Knoxville, scholarly talks, and a staged reading of McCarthy’s play The Sunset Limited. “Revisiting Suttree,” the culminating multimedia event held at the Bijou Theater, included a live score performance by Buddy and the Huddle that accompanied a film of rare footage of 1950s Knoxville and quotes from McCarthy’s novel Suttree. A video of this event is available on YouTube.

Hilary Havens’s essay collection—Didactic Novels and British Women’s Writing, 1790-1820 (Routledge, 2017)—was published in paperback in January 2019.

Nancy Henrys book—Women, Literature and Finance in Victorian Britain: Cultures of Investment—was published by Palgrave Macmillan in October 2018. The Cambridge Companion to George Eliot, 2nd edition (co-edited with George Levine) was published by Cambridge UP in February 2019.

Heather Hirschfeld was honored to receive the College of Arts and Sciences Senior Research Award in December 2018. Academic year 2018-2019 also saw the publication of two long-standing projects: The Oxford Handbook of Shakespearean Comedy and The New Cambridge Shakespeare Hamlet. To see her discuss her edition of Hamlet with three exceptional English majors, click here.

Marilyn Kallet is serving her second term as Knoxville Poet Laureate. In addition to teaching for the East Tennessee Freedom School and Beaumont Magnet Academy, she read her poems for the “Violins of Hope” symphony program, YWCA Diversity Day, Friends of the Library, and UT 225th anniversary celebration. Her poetry appeared in North America Review, Plume, New Letters, Potomac Review, and Songs for Soprano. In May 2019, Kallet led a “Writing The River” residency for the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts in Auvillar, France, and was honored by VCCA as a “Woman Artist of Influence.”

Michael A. Lofaro’s Boone, Crockett, and Black Hawk in 1833: Unsettling the Mythic West was published by the University of Tennessee Press. In September 2019 he received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the East Tennessee Writers’ Hall of Fame.

Chuck Maland retired from full-time teaching at the end of December 2018. As part of a two-year post-retirement agreement, he taught a special topics course on the films of Chaplin and Hitchcock this fall. His article on Chaplin’s 1948 FBI interview, along with an edited transcript of that interview, were translated into Italian and published in 2019 by Marietti Press as Charlot Sotto Inchiesta. He recently published reviews of the Blu-Ray releases of Wellman’s Nothing Sacred, Wilder’s The Apartment, and John Sayles’ Matewan in Cineaste magazine.

Lisi Schoenbach published an essay entitled “Enough with the Crisis Talk: To Salvage the University, Explain Why it’s Worth Saving” in the Chronicle of Higher Education’s Chronicle Review.

Art Smith, poet and longtime member of the creative writing faculty, passed away unexpectedly in November 2018. Art, who joined the English department in 1986, was the author of Elegy on Independence Day (1985), which was awarded the Agnes Lynch Starrett Poetry Prize and the Norma Farber First Book Award, Orders of Affection (1996), The Late World (2002), and The Fortunate Era (2013). He was also a beloved mentor to undergraduate and graduate creative writers during his long career at UT. Read more about the poetry reading held in his honor.

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