Dennis Wilson Wise


Now a newly minted PhD from Middle Tennessee State University, my research areas are 20th-century American and British literature. My research focuses on J.R.R. Tolkien as seen through the lens of political philosopher Leo Strauss, especially in his resuscitation of classical political rationalism and classical natural right. Articles of mine have appeared in venues such as Tolkien Studies and The Journal of Tolkien Research. In addition, I have also presented at several national and international conferences.

I have also just finished a stint as editor in chief for Scientia et Humanitas, a peer-reviewed journal of student research; we have just published our 7th issue. I also have 10+ years experience as a freelance editor.

Current Research Interests:

  • J.R.R. Tolkien and his intersections with political philosophy and contemporary Critical Theory.
  • British and American modernism
  • The literature of the First World War
  • Reader Response Theory
  • Historical fiction, fantasy literature, science fiction, and other marginalized “sub-literary” genres
  • Campus (or academic) novels
  • Liberal education, the “idea of the university,”