18 episodes

This is the podcast of the English Department of the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. Each episode features a short discussion with a faculty member or student about the unique and interesting work they do to show us how English Matters.

English Matters: from UTC English Devori Kimbro

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This is the podcast of the English Department of the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. Each episode features a short discussion with a faculty member or student about the unique and interesting work they do to show us how English Matters.

    Dominik Heinrici and Teaching Old English Monsters

    Dominik Heinrici and Teaching Old English Monsters

    We’re joined this time by Dominik Heinrici, long-time UTC English faculty member and student. Dominik tells us about how he came to be at UTC, and shares with us his exciting work developing his popular class on medieval monsters! We talk about misconceptions about the medieval period, the role social media takes in creating panics, and the myth of the “digital native” along the way.

    • 34 min
    Dr. Karen Babine, Wild Hungers, and Editing Non-Fiction

    Dr. Karen Babine, Wild Hungers, and Editing Non-Fiction

    We’re joined this time by Dr. Karen Babine, Assistant Professor of Creative Writing. In a wide-ranging conversation, Dr. Babine shares intimate stories about the inspiration for her award-winning memoir, All the Wild Hungers (2019 Milkweed Editions). She tells us about her exciting course offerings in food writing and true crime at UTC, and also about her experiences managing UTC’s literary journal, The Sequoyah Review and her work with Assay: A Journal of Nonfiction Studies.

    You can find out more about Assay at https://www.assayjournal.com/

    • 37 min
    Dr. Marcia Noe and Three Midwestern Playwrights

    Dr. Marcia Noe and Three Midwestern Playwrights

    We’re joined this time by Marcia Noe, Professor of English and Women’s and Gender Studies at UTC, as she tells us about her new project, Three Midwestern Playwrights: How Floyd Dell, George Cram Cook, and Susan Glaspell Transformed American Theater, now out from Indiana University Press (link below). Dr. Noe tells us about her decades-long research process for this text, as well as the significance of the artistic community that grew from the collaboration of these three unique and influential creators.

    Pick up Dr. Noe's book at Indiana University Press.


    For more information about English at UTC, visit https://www.utc.edu/arts-and-sciences/english

    Theme music, “Storybook,” generously provided by Scott Holmes (scottholmesmusic.com)

    • 24 min
    Catherine Meeks and UTC's New Environmental Studies Minor

    Catherine Meeks and UTC's New Environmental Studies Minor

    This episode, we’re pleased to talk to Associate Lecturer Catherine Meeks Quinlan about her work developing and implementing our exciting new interdisciplinary Environmental Studies minor. For more information about the minor and how to enroll in these fascinating classes, please head to https://www.utc.edu/arts-and-sciences/departments/environmental-studies or reach out to Catherine at Catherine-Meeks at utc dot edu.

    • 18 min
    Russell Helms, French Realism and the Importance of Sympathy

    Russell Helms, French Realism and the Importance of Sympathy

    We're joined this time by senior lecturer Russell Helms as he talks with us about his love of French Realism and its significance to his own creative process. Russell also talks to us about his new novella, Sympathy, and how he came to the unique idea at its core.

    You can find Helms' Sympathy at Solstice Publishing: https://solsticeempire.com/products.aspx?categoryid=521

    For more information about English at UTC, visit https://www.utc.edu/arts-and-sciences/english

    Theme music, “Storybook,” generously provided by Scott Holmes (scottholmesmusic.com)

    • 19 min
    Japanese Literature in the Classroom - Andrew Najberg Returns!

    Japanese Literature in the Classroom - Andrew Najberg Returns!

    Andrew Najberg is back on English Matters to discuss his interest in Japanese literature, how it has inflected his teaching and his own writing, and his upcoming course offerings in the subject.

    Be sure to keep an eye out for Andrew's newest work, Gollitok, coming soon from Cactus Moon Press!

    Check out more about the English Department at UTC at https://www.utc.edu/arts-and-sciences/english

    • 29 min

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