Dennis Wilson Wise

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20th-Century American 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 American SFF authors such as Stephen R. Donaldson, Paul Edwin Zimmer, Glen Cook, and Ursula K. Le Guin.

My most recent work on American literature has focused on Stephen R. Donaldson as well as Paul Edwin Zimmer. For Donaldson, I attempt to understand his representations of sexed violence in light of current feminist theory and 4th wave feminism. For Zimmer, I looked at his poetry as a part of the 20th-century Alliterative Revival initiated by such authors as Tolkien and W. H. Auden.