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Department of Literature and Language

College of Arts & Sciences

Damian Carpenter

Damian  Carpenter PhD

Postdoctoral Fellow, English
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Damian Carpenter joined the Literature and Language Department in the fall of 2014 after receiving his Ph.D. from Texas A&M University. In concert with a general interest in American literature, he specializes in Outlaw Studies, Southern Literature, folk music and culture, and creative writing. He currently has a forthcoming article in the Tennessee Philological Association Bulletin entitled "A Rhythm of Contrasts: The Tension between the Folkloric and Philosophic in Robert Penn Warren's Novels." His forthcoming book Lead Belly, Woody Guthrie, Bob Dylan and American Folk Outlaw Performance (Ashgate) examines the rhetoric and performance of the American folk outlaw.

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