Roy Neil Graves
Professor Emeritus of English
B.A., Princeton University (1961)
M.A., Duke University (1964)
D.A., The University of Mississippi (1977)
Primary Courses taught:
First-year composition, 200-level surveys, and various upper-division courses.
Research interests, accomplishments, and additional information:
Between 1969 and his retirement in 2018, Dr. Graves worked in the department as a generalist with eclectic interests including rhetoric, poetry, American literature, black writers, and coterie aspects of early literature. His unique findings in Shakespeare's Sonnets, documented on his website, have sparked interest since 1979. He presented numerous conference papers and published a range of critical articles in Phylon, Upstart Crow, Spenser Studies, Arizona Studies (ASMAR), The Explicator, and elsewhere. Other pieces came out in The Christian Science Monitor and Runner's World. His poems have appeared in magazines, anthologies, and two chapbooks, one the outcome of a 1987 Mid-South poetry competition. His writing awards include undergraduate prizes at Princeton (1960-61) and first-place recognition among Southern Poets Over Fifty (Kennesaw State, 2002). Standard anthologies of Tennessee writers include his poems (UT Press, 1986, 1996). In 1997, Graves received the Cunningham award as a teacher/scholar at UTM. Abstracts of his career appear in Contemporary Authors (2001, 2007) and elsewhere.
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