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.