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Graduate Faculty Resources

Graduate English Administration

Graduate English Program

Graduate Faculty Membership

Graduate English Students/Assistants

Preliminary Examination Areas and Reading Lists

  1. Old and Middle English 
  2. Early Modern British Literature: 1500-1660, including Milton 
  3. Restoration and Eighteenth-Century British Literature 
  4. Nineteenth-Century British Literature*
  5. Twentieth-Century British Literature 
  6. American Literature to 1830 
  7.  American Literature: 1830-1910 
  8. American Literature: 1910-present 
  9. Criticism and Critical Theory 
  10. Composition, Language, and Rhetoric 
  11. Children's and Young Adult Literature 
  12. Linguistics 
  13. Popular Culture and Film Studies* 
  14. Anglophone Literature 
  15. Folklore

*Students may choose to be examined in IV. a. or b. and in XIII. a. or b. only.

Thesis and Dissertation Information and Forms

English Graduate Committee

  • Dr. Rhonda McDaniel, Chair, ex officio, voting member
  • Dr. Laura White, ex officio, Graduate Advisor, voting member
  • Dr. Fred Arroyo (Fall 2020 – Spring 2023)
  • Dr. Eric Detweiler (Fall 2019 – Spring 2022)
  • Dr. Martha Hixon (Fall 2017 – Spring 2021)
  • Dr. Mark Jackson (Fall 2020 – Spring 2023)
  • Dr. Mischa Renfroe (Fall 2019 – Spring 2022)
  • Dr. Kate Pantelides, ex officio, Director, Gen Ed English, voting member
  • Dr. Erica Cirillo-McCarthy, ex officio, Director, UWC, non-voting member
  • Dr. Steve Severn, ex officio, Department Chair, non-voting member



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Mailing Address:
Department of English
Middle Tennessee State University
Box 70
1301 East Main Street
Murfreesboro, TN 37132

Main Office: Peck Hall 302

Chair: Dr. Stephen Severn


Telephone: (615) 898-2648