Dennis Wilson Wise

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20th-Century British Literature


My research interests in 20th- & 21st-century science fiction and fantasy mean that I spend my time equally among British and American authors. My dissertation focuses on J. R. R. Tolkien, but I’ve also done work on E. M. Forster and Angela Carter.

My most recent work on British literature has focused on examining why Tolkien nominated E. M. Forster for the Nobel Prize in 1954. In general, I’ve worked extensively with the British modernists, especially the literature of the First World War. Lately, though, my interest in historical fiction — Mary Renault, Hilary Mantel, Sarah Waters — has direct my interests into the latter part of the 20th- and 21st centuries, which is exceptionally strong in this brand of fiction.

I have also done extensive work in critical theory.