Dennis Wilson Wise

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Curriculum Vita

University of Arizona
Updated 24 Oct 2018

An expanded pdf version of my C.V. can be found HERE (updated 24 Oct 2018)


Ph.D., English Literature, Middle Tennessee State University. 2017.

  • Concentrations: 20th century British and American Literature
  • Dissertation: Rage and Recognition in Middle-earth: The Political Conflict of Ancient and Modern in J.R.R. Tolkien. Directed by Dr. David Lavery / Dr. Rebecca King.

M.A. in English Literature, Ohio State University. 2008.

  • Thesis: “Ontological Bifurcation: Consciousness and Mind in The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant.” Directed by Dr. David Herman

B.A. in English Literature, History, Philosophy, Kent State University. 2006.


  • Lecturer, University of Arizona, 2017- –
  • Writing Fellow, College of Graduate Studies, Middle Tennessee State U., 2016-2017
  • Graduate Teaching Assistant, Middle Tennessee State University, 2012-2016
  • Graduate Teaching Assistant, The Ohio State University, 2006-2008

ARTICLES & BOOK CHAPTERS—refereed publications

  • “The Domestic Male within the Pale of Globalization: The Postmodern Transformation of Tolkien’s Bard the Bowman.” Comparing Jackson’s The Hobbit Films to Tolkien’s Novel: Text into Film (working title), edited by Janice M. Bogstad, McFarland.
  • “Paul Edwin Zimmer’s Alliterative Style: A Metrical Legacy of J. R. R. Tolkien and Poul Anderson.” Mythlore, vol. 37, no. 1, 2018, pp. 183-201. Available here.
  • “Unraveling The Hobbit’s Strange Publication History: A Look at Possible Worlds, Modality, and Accessibility Relations.” Subcreation: Worldbuilding in the Fantastic, spec. issue of Fastitocalon, vol. 7, no. 1/2, 2017, pp. 121-35.
  • “J.R.R. Tolkien and the 1954 Nomination of E. M. Forster for the Nobel Prize in Literature.” Mythlore, vol 37, no. 1, 2017, 143-65. Available here.
  • “Harken Not To Wild Beasts: Between Rage And Eloquence in Saruman And Thrasymachus.” The Journal of Tolkien Research, vol. 3, no. 2, 2016, pp. 1-32. Available here.
    • Translations: Greek. Forthcoming in Οι Επιδράσεις της Αρχαίας Ελληνικής Γραμματείας στο Έργο του Τζ.Ρ.Ρ. Τόλκιν [The Influence of Ancient Greek Literature in the Work of J.R.R. Tolkien], edited by Dimitra Fimi and Dimitris Kolovos, Kedros Publishers, Athens.
  • “Book of the Lost Narrator: Re-Reading The Silmarillion as a Unified Text.” Tolkien Studies, vol. 13, 2016, pp. 101-24. Project MUSE, doi:10.1353/tks.2016.0008.
  • “Classical Poetry and Modern Political Philosophy: Spenser and Machiavelli in A View of the State of Ireland.” Scientia et Humanitas, vol. 4, 2014, pp. 1-20. Available here.

ARTICLES & BOOK CHAPTERS—non-refereed publications

  • “Delving into Nome Man’s Land: Two Traditions in Baum and Tolkien.” Baum Bugle. FORTHCOMING.
  • “L. Frank Baum and PYRZQXGL: Or, How to Do Things with (Magic) Words.” Baum Bugle. FORTHCOMING.
  • “Identity, Time, and Faerie in Pig Tale and The Inn at Corbies’ Caww: An Unexpected Convergence of Realms.” A Wilderness of Dragons: Essays in Honor of Verlyn Flieger, edited by John D. Rateliff. FORTHCOMING.
  • “Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Social Critique: Stephen R. Donaldson’s Gap Into Genre.”  New Boundaries in Political Science Fiction, edited by Donald M. Hassler and Clyde Wilcox, U of South Carolina P, 2008, pp. 290-98.


  • [1] “Stephen R. Donaldson”; [2]The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant the Unbeliever.” The Literary Encyclopedia, First published 8 October 2018. Accessible here and here with a subscription.
  • “Donaldson’s Amnion and the Dangers of a Posthuman Future.” Aliens in Popular Culture: A Guide to Visitors from Outer Space by Michael M. Levy, edited by Farah Mendlesohn, Greenwood P. FORTHCOMING


  • Okja (film), directed by Bong Joon-Ho.” Science Fiction Film & Television. Forthcoming.
  • The Return of the Ring, volumes 1 & 2, edited by Lynn Forest-Hill. Journal of Tolkien Research, vol. 5, no. 1, pp. 1-14. Available here.
  • Alfred Bester, by Jad Smith. Journal of the Fantastic in the Arts, vol. 29, no. 2, 2017, 332-35.
  • The Invention of Angela Carter: A Biography, by Edmund Gordon. Mythlore, vol. 36, no. 1, 2017, 235-39.
  • A Secret Vice: Tolkien on Invented Languages, edited by Dimitra Fimi and Andrew Higgins. Journal of the Fantastic in the Arts, vol. 27, no. 3, 2016, pp. 549-52.
  • Wizards vs. Muggles: Essays on Identity in the Harry Potter Universe, edited by Christopher E. Bell. Mythlore, vol. 35, no. 1, 2016, pp. 154-60. Available here.
  • The Evolution of Modern Fantasy: From Antiquarianism to the Ballantine Adult Fantasy Series, by Jamie Williamson. Fafnir: The Nordic Journal of Science Fiction and Fantasy Research, vol. 3, no. 3, 2016, pp. 72-73. Available here.


  • “How the Writers have Pushed MLB too far with Biogenesis.” It’s Pronounced Lajaway, 22 Aug 2013, available here.
  • “Masculinity, Reading, and Twilight.” As It Ought to Be, 9 July 2013, available here.
  • “Review of The Historical Novel in Nineteenth-Century Europe: Representations of Reality in History and Fiction, by Brian Hamnett.” Historical Novel Review, no. 63, February 2013, available here.


  • 2019. International Medieval Congress (IMC). “A Straussian Approach to Tolkien’s Medievalism: The Conflict between Ancient and Modern.” University of Leeds, England.
    • Also invited to participate in a round table discussion: “New Voices and New Topics in Tolkien Scholarship”
  • 2018. 53rd International Congress on Medieval Studies. “‘Sing, Muse, the Wrath of Boromir, Denethor’s Son’: Thumos and Lofgeornost in Tolkien.” Kalamazoo, MI.
  • 2018. International Conference for the Fantastic in the Arts. “Gender Violence and Feminist Thought in Stephen R. Donaldson’s ‘Reave the Just.’” Orlando, FL.
  • 2017. International Conference for the Fantastic in the Arts. “The Art of Writing in Glen Cook’s Black Company Series: A Meditation on Historiography.” Orlando, FL.
  • 2015. South Central MLA Conference.“Wallace Stevens and the Poetry of the Last Man.” Nashville, TN.
  • 2015. Tolkien Seminar. “Book of the Lost Narrator: Rhetoric and Esotericism in Tolkien.”  Hosted by Tolkien Society in Leeds, England.
  • 2014. International Writing Centers Association (IWCA) Annual Conference. “Tutoring Praxis and Composition Pedagogy—Ah, But I Repeat Myself.” Orlando, FL.
  • 2014. University of Georgia EGO Conference. “The Ideological Norms of The Silmarillion’s Aristocratic Narrator.”  Athens, GA.
  • 2012Mid-Atlantic Popular and American Culture Conference. “Machiavelli, Immoralism, and the Late Epic Fantasy of Glen Cook.” Pittsburgh, PA.


  • 2017. “Rage and Recognition in Middle-earth.” Poster presentation for MTSU Scholars Week.
  • 2016. “John Steinbeck.” Guest Lecturer for two classes for the English 3320: Twentieth-Century American Literature course at MTSU. Invited for my familiarity with Steinbeck and American naturalism.
  • 2014. “Multiculturalism and Historical Fiction: The Re-Consecration of Tenochtitlan’s Great Pyramid.” MTSU EGSO Graduate Research Symposium. Accepted for presentation by a panel of faculty judges.


  • English 160D at U of Arizona: Nonhuman Subjects: Monsters, Ghosts, Aliens, Others. See syllabus here.
  • English 197B at U of Arizona: Online Writing Studio
  • English 102 at U of Arizona: First-Year Composition II. See syllabus here.
  • English 101 at U of ArizonaFirst-Year Composition I, including online sections. See syllabus here.
  • English 2030 at MTSU: The Experience of Literature. See syllabus here.
  • English 1020 at MTSU: Research and Argumentative Writing. See syllabus here.
  • English 1010 at MTSU: Expository Writing with multimodal component. See syllabus here.
  • English 152 at Ohio State: Writing and Reading
  • English 151 at Ohio State: Writing and Rhetoric I


  • Invited week-long guest lecturer on John Steinbeck for ENGL 3320: TWENTIETH-CENTURY AMERICAN LITERATURE – MTSU. Invited for familiarity with subject.
  • Ran studio sections for English 1009 at MTSU: Introduction to University Writing
  • Writing Consultant, University Writing Center at Middle Tennessee State U.
    • Description: one-on-one writing instruction for any university student. Extensive experience with minority and English as Foreign Language students.


  • 2017. 2nd place poster presentation, College of Liberal Arts, MTSU Scholars Week.
  • 2016. Richard C. and Virginia Peck Award (faculty-nominated award for excellence in graduate work), Middle Tennessee State University.
  • 2015. William Wolfe Graduate Writing Award, Middle Tennessee State University.
  • 2014. Dean’s Distinguished Essay Award from Scientia et Humanitas, issue 4.
  • 2013. William Wolfe Graduate Writing Award, Middle Tennessee State University.
  • 2006. Distinguished Student Award, Kent State University.
  • 2006. DuBois Critical Writing Award, Kent State University.


  • 2016-2017. Provost’s Dissertation Writing Fellowship, Middle Tennessee State U.
  • 2012-2016. Four conference travel grants, Middle Tennessee State University.
  • 2006. Wilma J. Crawford Honors Scholarship, Kent State University.
  • 2003-2006. Adult Learner Scholarship, Kent State University.

ACADEMIC SERVICE–departmental (selected)

  • 2018. Departmental Retreat: full day English faculty event—U of Arizona
  • 2018. Hiring Committee: WPA Assistant Director—U of Arizona
  • 2017. APR (Annual Performance Review) Planning Committee—U of Arizona
  • 2015-2016. President of English Graduate Student Organization (EGSO).
  • 2015-2016. Organizer of MTSU Graduate Student Book Club.
  • 2015. Volunteer Judge—departmental General Education Awards (Engl 1010 category, Engl 1020 category).


ACADEMIC SERVICE–field service


  • International Association of the Fantastic in the Arts
  • The Mythopoeic Society
  • The Tolkien Society
  • Modern Language Association
  • Omnicron Delta Kappa (National Leadership Honor Society)


  • Certificate: Leader in Classroom Diversity & Inclusion (four completed workshops)
  • Certificate: Teaching Online (2-week online mini-workshop)
  • 2015. Peck Composition Series with Elizabeth Wardle. MTSU.
  • 2014. Peck Composition Series with Cheryl BallMTSU.
  • 2013. Peck Composition Series with Andrea LunsfordMTSU.


  • 2016. Copy editor and proofreader for University of Solitude [Univerzita Samoty] by Matej Valuch. Translated by Martina G. Wise, Amazon, 2016.
  • 2010- —. Freelance editor. Copyediting/proofreading for academic articles, theses, dissertations, book proposals, etc.


  • Available upon request