DENNIS WILSON WISE e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com University of Arizona Updated 14 July 2019
An expanded pdf version of my C.V. can be found HERE (updated 14 Jul 2019)
- 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.
- B.A. in English Literature, History, Philosophy, Kent State University. 2006.
- Graduation with University Honors.
ACADEMIC POSITIONS HELD
- 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
- “‘Violations as Profound as any Rape’: Feminism and Sexed Violence in Stephen R. Donaldson.” Extrapolation. (FORTHCOMING.)
- “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.
-  “Stephen R. Donaldson”;  “The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant the Unbeliever.” The Literary Encyclopedia, http://www.litencyc.com. 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
- Sub-creating Arda: World-building in J. R. R. Tolkien’s Works, its Precursors, and its Legacies, edited by Dimitra Fimi and Thomas Honegger. Journal of Tolkien Research, vol. 7, no. 1, pp. 1-9. Available here.
- Okja (film), directed by Bong Joon-Ho. Science Fiction Film and Television, vol. 12, no. 2, pp. 290-94, doi.org/10.3828/sfftv.2019.16.
- 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.
- “The Legacies of Ursula K. Le Guin—June 19th–21st, 2019.” Conference report. Fafnir: Nordic Journal of Science Fiction and Fantasy Research, vol. 6, no. 1, 2019, pp. 55-58.
- “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.
- Legacies of Ursula K. Le Guin: Science, Fiction, and Ethics for the Anthropocene. “Unrealizable Ambiguous Utopias: Reading The Dispossessed through Leo Strauss and Plato.” The Sorbonne—Paris, France.
- 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.
- 2012. Mid-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 Arizona: First-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
RELATED TEACHING EXPERIENCE
- 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.
AWARDS AND HONORS (selected)
- 2019-2020. R. D. Mullen Postdoctoral Research Fellowship ($3,000) – Science Fiction Studies. National postdoctoral fellowship for original archival research.
- 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.
GRANTS, SCHOLARSHIPS, ASSISTANTSHIPS
- 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).
- 2018. Media appearance: Wildcat Crime (local podcast; interview): “The Myths, Legends, and Crimes Behind the Haunting of Maricopa Hall” & “Violence and Ghost Stories” – U of A
- 2017. Editor in chief, Scientia et Humanitas—MTSU Honors College
- 2016. Associate editor, Scientia et Humanitas—MTSU Honors College
ACADEMIC SERVICE–field service
- 2018- –. Reviews editor, Fafnir: Nordic Journal of SFF Research
- N/A. Peer Reviewer on journal articles for Fafnir and Extrapolation
- 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 Ball. MTSU.
- 2013. Peck Composition Series with Andrea Lunsford. MTSU.
RELATED PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT
- 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