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Tanya Bennett, Ph.D.

Title: Professor of English
Phone: 678-717-3870

Office: Nesbitt Academic Building, 4154, Gainesville
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Areas of Expertise: American Literature, Gender Studies, Multicultural Literatures, The Novel


Employed by University of North Georgia, Dahlonega, since 2001, Dr. Bennett enjoys working with students at all levels, from first year composition to the senior seminar in literature to the English education graduate capstone. Her objective as a professor is to help prepare students for successful pursuit of their personal and professional goals and for passionate and ethical service to society.

Courses Taught

ENGL 1101 - Composition I
ENGL 1102 - Composition II
ENGL 2132 - American Literature II
ENGL 2160 - Multicultural American Literature
ENGL 2140 - Gender and Literature
ENGL 2135 - African American Literature
ENGL 3680 - Contemporary American Literature
ENGL 3240 - The Novel
ENGL 3230 - The Short Story
ENGL 4890 - Senior Seminar in Literature


  • Ph.D., English, University of Tennessee, 1996
  • M.A., English, Texas A&M University, 1989
  • B.A., English, Angelo State University, 1986

Research/Special Interests

The Novel
Multicultural Literature
Gender Studies


Peer-Reviewed Publications

“I have been so many people”: A Study of Lee Smith’s Fiction. Dahlonega, GA: UP of North Georgia, 2014.

“Sheer Blue Milken Dreaminess: Galway Kinnell’s Answer to Logopoeia in ‘The Fly,’ ‘Saint Francis and the Sow,’ and ‘Blackberry Eating’.” epiphany 3.1 (2010).

“Soy la Postmodern Southern Chicana? Lorraine Lopez’s Identity Play in Soy la Avon Lady and Other Stories.” Eureka Studies in Teaching Short Fiction 8.2 (Spring 2008): 84-94.

“Beyond the Comfort Zone: Diversity Issues as Catalyst for Student Learning.” Transformative Dialogues 1.3 (March 2008).

“Teaching Writing in a Military College Setting.” Co-written with Donna A. Gessell and Linda Stallworth Williams. AEQ: Academic Exchange Quarterly 8.2 (Summer 2004): 105-109.

“The Credible Writer: Teaching Ethos in First-Year Composition.”  Co-written with Donna A. Gessell, Linda Stallworth Williams, Laura Getty, and Sandee McGlaun.  Dialogue: A Journal for Writing Specialists 8.1 (Fall 2002): 52-73.

“The Protean Ivy in Lee Smith’s Fair and Tender Ladies.” Southern Literary Journal 30.2 (Spring 1998): 76-95.

“No Country to Call Home: A Study of Ana Castillo’s The Mixquiahuala Letters.”  Style: Narrating the Multicultural 30 (1996): 462-478.

Additional Publications

“Odds Favor At Random.” Rev. of At Random, by Lee Zacharias. North Carolina Literary Review/NCLR Online (2014).

“A Giant in the Making: New Fiction from Susan Woodring.” Rev. of Goliath, by Susan Woodring. North Carolina Literary Review/NCLR Online (2013).

Afterword, co-written with Leo Mundy.  He/She/Eye, poetry collection written by B.J. Robinson.  Valdosta, GA: Snake Nation Press, 2008.

Rev. of  Swinging in Place: Porch Life in Southern Culture by Joyce Hazelwood Donlon.  South Central Review 22.1 (Spring 2005): 118-120.

“‘It was like I was right there’: Primary Experience and the Role of Memory in Lee Smith’s The Devil’s Dream.”  Pembroke Magazine 33 (2001): 86-92.

 “The Fiery Soul of the (Extra)Ordinary: A Review of Lee Smith’s New Short Story Collection.”  The North Carolina Literary Review 7 (1998): 179-181. Print.

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