Dennis Wilson Wise


Currently a 4th-year doctoral student at Middle Tennessee State University, my 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. I currently have a full assistantship and teach an introductory course on expository writing, as well as a sophomore-level introduction to literature class. I also serve as the Associate Editor for Scientia et Humanitas, MTSU’s academic journal, and as the president for the English Graduate Student Organization.

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,”