DENNIS WILSON WISE e-mail: email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org University of Arizona Updated 6 Dec 2017
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
Building off the conflict between “ancient and modern,” a central theme in the political philosophy of Leo Strauss, my dissertation examines how fantasy literature—J.R.R. Tolkien especially—develops a strong sense of historical consciousness that sheds light on the philosophical and social differences between political regimes across history. Although ensconced in a liberal democracy, Tolkien and The Lord of the Rings provides an in-depth analysis of thumos, the idea of anger and glory-seeking first analyzed by Plato, and which is undergoing a resurgence in contemporary political theory.
- Director(s): Dr. David Lavery, Dr. Becky King.
- Committee: Dr. James Comas (English), Dr. Robb McDaniel (international relations)
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.
- Graduation with University Honors
- Thesis: “Stephen R. Donaldson and his Apotheosis of the Existential Prototype.” Directed by Donald M. Hassler.
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
- “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. FORTHCOMING.
- “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.
- “Harken Not To Wild Beasts: Between Rage And Eloquence in Saruman And Thrasymachus.” The Journal of Tolkien Research, vol. 3, no. 2, 2016, available here.
- “Book of the Lost Narrator: Re-Reading The Silmarillion as a Unified Text.” Tolkien Studies, vol. 13, 2016, pp. 101-24. Available at Project Muse.
- “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.
- “Review of Okja, directed by Bong Joon-Ho.” Science Fiction Film and Television. FORTHCOMING.
- “Review of Alfred Bester, by Jad Smith.” Journal of the Fantastic in the Arts. FORTHCOMING.
- “Review of The Invention of Angela Carter: A Biography, by Edmund Gordon.” Mythlore, vol. 36, no. 1, 2017, 235-39.
- “Review of 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.
- “Review of 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, also available here.
- “Review of 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, available here.
NON-ACADEMIC ARTICLES AND REVIEWS
- “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.
- (upcoming) 2018. “Gender Violence and Feminist Thought in Stephen R. Donaldson’s ‘Reave the Just.’” International Conference for the Fantastic in the Arts.
- (upcoming) 2018. “‘Sing, Muse, the Wrath of Boromir, Denethor’s Son’: The Workings of Thumos and Lofgeornost in J.R.R. Tolkien.” International Congress on Medieval Studies.
- 2017. “The Art of Writing in Glen Cook’s Black Company Series: A Meditation on Historiography.” International Conference for the Fantastic in the Arts.
- 2015. “Wallace Stevens and the Poetry of the Last Man.” South Central MLA Conference.
- *2015. “Book of the Lost Narrator: Rhetoric and Esotericism in Tolkien.” Tolkien Seminar, hosted by the Tolkien Society in England.
- 2014. “Tutoring Praxis and Composition Pedagogy—Ah, But I Repeat Myself.” International Writing Centers Association (IWCA) Annual Conference.
- *2014. “The Ideological Norms of The Silmarillion’s Aristocratic Narrator.” University of Georgia EGO Conference.
- Panel organizer for the panel entitled: “The Anxiety of Historical Change: Novels and the Fear of the Future.” University of Georgia EGO Conference.
- *2012. “Machiavelli, Immoralism, and the Late Epic Fantasy of Glen Cook.” Mid-Atlantic Popular and American Culture Conference.
A * denotes that the presentation was either published or is currently being submitted.
- 2017. “Rage and Recognition in Middle-earth.” Poster presentation for MTSU Scholars Week.
- 2017. “Leo Strauss and J.R.R. Tolkien: A Literary and Political Examination of the Classic Conflict Between Ancient and Modern.” MTSU EGSO Graduate Research Symposium. Accepted for presentation by a panel of faculty judges.
- 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.
- 2013. “One Suggestion for a Less Ideological Classroom.” CompExpo, hosted by MTSU.
- 2006. “Theodicy and the Existential Prototype in Stephen R. Donaldson.” Poster presentation for the Kent State Honors Colloquium.
TEACHING EXPERIENCE (22 sections total)
- English 102 at U of Arizona: First-Year Composition II
- English 101 at U of Arizona: First-Year Composition I
- English 2030 at MTSU: The Experience of Literature.
- English 1020 at MTSU: Research and Argumentative Writing.
- English 1010 at MTSU: Expository Writing with multimodal component.
- English 1009 at MTSU: Introduction to University Writing (studio sections).
- English 152 at Ohio State: Writing and Reading. Theme: science fiction.
- English 151 at Ohio State: Writing and Rhetoric I. Theme: liberal education.
- English 151 at Ohio State: Writing and Rhetoric I. Theme: travel narrative.
RELATED TEACHING EXPERIENCE
- Writing Consultant, University Writing Center at Middle Tennessee State University.
- Description: one-on-one writing instruction for any university student. Extensive experience with minority and English as Foreign Language students.
RELATED EDITING EXPERIENCE
- 2018- –. Reviews editor, Fafnir: A Nordic Journal of Science Fiction and Fantasy Research.
- 2017. Editor in chief, Scientia et Humanitas, MTSU’s peer reviewed journal of student research.
- 2016. Copy editor and proofreader for University of Solitude [Univerzita Samoty] by Matej Valuch. Translated by Martina G. Wise, Amazon, 2016.
- 2016. Associate editor, Scientia et Humanitas, MTSU’s peer reviewed journal of student research.
- 2014. Social Sciences Section editor, Scientia et Humanitas, MTSU’s peer reviewed journal of student research.
- 2010- —. Freelance editor. Copyediting/proofreading for academic articles, theses, dissertations, book proposals, etc.
AWARDS AND HONORS
- 2017. 2nd place poster presentation, College of Liberal Arts, MTSU Scholars Week.
- 2017. 3rd place presentation of $100 for EGSO Graduate Research Symposium.
- 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.
- “Ward Cleaver, Avant-Gardist: Wallace Stevens and the Poetry of the Last Man”
- 2015. Omnicron Delta Kappa induction (National Leadership Honor Society).
- 2014. Dean’s Distinguished Essay Award from Scientia et Humanitas, issue 4.
- “Classical Poetry and Modern Political Philosophy”
- 2013. William Wolfe Graduate Writing Award, Middle Tennessee State University.
- “Chronotopic Historiography and Narration in Tolkien’s published Silmarillion.”
- 2006. Distinguished Student Award, Kent State University.
- 2006. DuBois Critical Writing Award, Kent State University.
- “Polyphony, Parataxis, and Poetics in The Sun Also Rises”
- 2006. Adult Learner Scholarship Award for Academic Distinction, Kent State University.
- 2005. Phi Alpha Theta induction (History Honors Society).
GRANTS, SCHOLARSHIPS, ASSISTANTSHIPS
- 2016-2017. Provost’s Dissertation Writing Fellowship, Middle Tennessee State U.
- 2012-2016. Graduate Assistantship, Middle Tennessee State University.
- 2014. Conference Travel Grant of $250: MTSU Department of English Peck Fund.
- 2014. Conference Travel Grant of $500: MTSU College of Graduate Studies.
- 2012. Conference Travel Grant of $500: MTSU College of Graduate Studies.
- 2006-2008. Graduate Assistantship, The Ohio State University.
- 2006. Wilma J. Crawford Honors Scholarship, Kent State University.
- 2003-2006. Adult Learner Scholarship, Kent State University.
- 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. “Composing a Peer Review for an Academic Journal.” Workshop led for Scientia et Humanitas.
- 2015. Lower Division Syllabus Review.
- 2015. Presentation Judge for the English Graduate Research Symposium.
- 2015. Volunteer Judge—departmental General Education Awards (Engl 1010 category).
- 2015. Volunteer Judge—departmental General Education Awards (Engl 1020 category).
- 2014-2015. Events Coordinator for the English Graduate Student Organization (EGSO).
- 2014. Workshop facilitator for Central Magnet [High] School’s Writing Center.
- 2012-2014. Campus Events Committee for the MTSU Writing Center.
- 2013. Leader for Saturday Morning Workshop Series (Writing Process).
- 2013. Leader for Saturday Morning Workshop Series (Citations).
ORGANIZATIONS & PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS
- International Association of the Fantastic in the Arts
- The Mythopoeic Society
- The Tolkien Society
- Modern Language Association
- Omnicron Delta Kappa (National Leadership Honor Society)
- Phi Alpha Theta (History Honors Society)
- 2-week Mini-Workshop for Teaching Online (Certificate of Completion)
- 2015. Peck Composition Series: Seminar and workshop with Elizabeth Wardle. MTSU.
- 2014. Peck Composition Series: Seminar and workshop with Cheryl Ball. MTSU.
- 2013. Peck Composition Series: Seminar and workshop with Andrea Lunsford. MTSU.
- Available upon request