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Lucas Nossaman, PhD

Assistant Professor, English
Unit: English, College of Humanities and Sciences, School of Humanities and Social Sciences
Location: Tigerville

“I can only answer the question, ‘What am I to do?’ if I can answer the prior question, ‘Of what story or stories do I find myself a part?’” –Alasdair MacIntyre
  • Teaching & Education

    I teach general education courses in writing and literature, and upper-level English courses in nineteenth-century American literature and Southern literature.

    • PhD, English, The University of Tennessee
    • MA, English, Literature concentration, North Carolina State University
    • BA, English, Harding University
  • Professional Experience

    Before entering my doctoral program, I taught middle school English and high school Bible at a private Christian school for one year, then taught AP Literature and Composition at a public high school for two years.

  • Selected Publications

    Peer-Reviewed Articles

    • “Writing a Wondrous Earth: Susan Fenimore Cooper’s Episcopalian Ecology.” Forthcoming in J19: The Society of Nineteenth-Century Americanists.
    • “‘Forest Christian,’ a Poet of the River Lands: Wendell Berry in Appalachia.” Forthcoming in collection of ecocritical essays on Appalachian literature, edited by Jessica Cory and Laura Wright.
    • “The Wisdom of ‘The Farm’: Sabbath Theology and Wendell Berry’s Pastoralism.” Renascence 70.1 (Winter 2018): 3-22.
    • “Agriculture and Biblical Tradition in Jewett’s ‘A Dunnet Shepherdess.’” Christianity and Literature 64.4 (Sept. 2015): 400-413.

    Book Reviews

    • Review of Political Essay on the Kingdom of New Spain, Volume 1 and 2: A Critical Edition, by Alexander von Humboldt, edited by Vera M. Kutzinski and Ottmar Ette. Forthcoming in Early American Literature.
    • Review of When I Came to Die: Process and Prophecy in Thoreau’s Vision of Dying, by Audrey Raden. Nineteenth-Century Prose 46.2 (Fall 2019): 241-246.
    • Review of Approaching Jonathan Edwards: The Evolution of a Persona, by Carol Ball. Christianity and Literature 68.4 (Sept. 2019): 694-697.
    • Review of Henry David Thoreau: A Life, by Laura Dassow Walls. Christianity and Literature 67.3 (June 2018): 583-586.
    • Review of Loving God’s Wildness: The Christian Roots of Ecological Ethics in American Literature, by Jeffrey Bilbro. Christianity and Literature 65.3 (June 2016): 378-381.

    Public Writing

  • Selected Awards Received
    • 2020-2021, The University of Tennessee Humanities Center, Resident Graduate Fellow
    • 2020 Thoreau County Conservation Association Graduate Student Fellowship ($1000 awarded for Thoreau-related research in greater Boston area)
    • 2019-2020, Percy Adams Research Assistantship, UTK English department
    • 2016-2020, The University of Tennessee Chancellor’s Fellowship
  • My Network

    I am involved with several literary studies societies, including Christianity and Literature, the Thoreau Society, and C19: The Society of Nineteenth-Century Americanists.

  • My Story

    In my teaching and writing, I strive to be faithful to the theological, historical, and aesthetic contexts of literature. In this work I often find myself questioning broad assumptions about literature and secularization. I am particularly interested in the ways that writers of various religious backgrounds can reflect Christian truth.

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