DENNIS WILSON WISE e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com University of Arizona Updated 7 July 2022
For my full CV (pdf), please click the link. Updated: 27 November 2021.
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- Ph.D., English Literature, Middle Tennessee State University. 2017.
- Concentrations: 20th-century British & American Literature; fantasy literature & science fiction
- M.A. in English Literature, Ohio State University. 2008.
- B.A. in English Literature, History, Philosophy, Kent State University. 2006
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
ADMINSTRATIVE POSITIONS HELD
- Director of Undergraduate Studies, University of Arizona, 2021- –
- Directed Self-placement Advisor, UA Writing Program, 2020.
- In progress: Specters of Tolkien: History, Totality, and Thymos at the Beginning of Epic Fantasy
- Speculative Poetry and the Modern Alliterative Revival: A Critical Anthology. Notes and critical introduction by D.W. Wise. Accepted with revisions by Fairleigh Dickinson University Press.
ARTICLES & BOOK CHAPTERS—refereed publications
- “A Brief History of EPVIDS: Subjectivity and Evil Possessed Vampire Demon Swords.” Journal of the Fantastic in the Arts, vol. 31, no. 1, 2021, pp. 83-103.
- “Just like Henry James (Except with Cannibalism): The International Weird in H. P. Lovecraft’s ‘The Rats in the Walls.’” Gothic Studies, vol. 23, no. 1, 2021, pp. 96-110, doi:10.3366/gothic.2021.0080.
- “Globalization, Depth, and the Domestic Hero: The Postmodern Transformation of Tolkien’s Bard in Peter Jackson’s Hobbit Trilogy.” Tolkien Studies, vol. 18, 2021, pp. 211–33.
- “Utopias Unrealizable and Ambiguous: Plato, Leo Strauss, and The Dispossessed.” The Legacies of Ursula K. Le Guin: Science, Fiction, Ethics, edited by Christopher L. Robinson, Sarah Bouttier, and Pierre-Louis Patoine, Palgrave Macmillan, 2021, pp. 47–63.
- “Antiquarianism Underground: The Twentieth-century Alliterative Revival in American Genre Poetry.” Studies in the Fantastic, vol. 11, 2021, pp. 22–54, doi:10.1353/sif.2021.0001. Available here on Project Muse.
- “Poul Anderson and the American Alliterative Revival.” Extrapolation, vol. 62, no. 2, Summer 2021, pp. 157–80, doi:10.3828/extr.2021.9. Available here.
- “Just Reading Piers Anthony’s A Spell for Chameleon: An Appreciation, with Caveats, and an Elegy.” Mythlore, vol. 40, no. 1, Fall/Winter 2021, pp. 85–102. Available here.
- “The Hesitation Principle in ‘The Rats in the Walls.’” Supernatural Studies, vol. 6, no. 2, Summer 2020, pp. 84-99. Available here.
- “The Image of Law in Donaldson’s ‘Reave the Just’: Agency, Blame, and Sexual Assault.” Law & Literature, vol. 33, no. 1, 2020, pp. 73–92, 10.1080/1535685X.2020.1734314.
- “On Ways of Studying Tolkien: Notes Toward a Better Epic Fantasy Criticism.” Journal of Tolkien Research, vol. 9, no. 1, 2020, pp. 1-25. Available here.
- “History and Precarity: Glen Cook and the Rise of Picaresque Fantasy Epic.” Journal of the Fantastic in the Arts, vol. 30, no. 3, 2019, pp. 331-52.
- “‘Violations as Profound as any Rape’: Feminism and Sexed Violence in Stephen R. Donaldson.” Extrapolation, vol. 60, no. 2, 2019, pp. 133-56. The post-print version is available here.
- “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. Available here.
- “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.” Journal of Tolkien Research, vol. 3, no. 2, 2016, pp. 1-32. Available here.
- Translations: Greek. Οι Επιδράσεις της Αρχαίας Ελληνικής Γραμματείας στο Έργο του Τζ.Ρ.Ρ. Τόλκιν [Echoes of Ancient Greek Literature in J.R.R. Tolkien’s Work], edited by Dimitra Fimi and Dimitris Kolovos, Kedros Publishers, 2021.
- “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. Or, the post-print version is available here.
- “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
- “Symposium: The Future of Fantasy Studies.” Co-authored with Cristina Bacchilega, Alison Baker, Jalonda A. David, Andrea Hairston, et al. Journal of the Fantastic in the Arts, vol. 32, no. 12, 2022, pp. 178–97.
- “GoogleDocs and Zoom: A Love Story.” Journal for Research and Practice in College Teaching, vol. 6, no. 2, 2021, pp. 1-4. Available here.
- “Delving into Nome Man’s Land: Two Traditions in Baum and Tolkien.” Baum Bugle, Autumn 2021, pp. 13-22.
- “L. Frank Baum and PYRZQXGL: Or, How to Do Things with (Magic) Words.” Baum Bugle, vol. 63, no. 3, Winter 2019, pp. 7-16. 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, Gabbro Head, 2018, pp. 380-402.
- “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.
-  “Poul Anderson”;  “The Broken Sword.” The Literary Encyclopedia, http://www.litencyc.com. First published 25 June 2020.
-  “The Dispossessed.” The Literary Encyclopedia, http://www.litencyc.com. First published 25 Oct. 2019;  “Peter S. Beagle“;  “The Last Unicorn.” The Literary Encyclopedia, http://www.litencyc.com. First published 21 Nov. 2019;
- “Donaldson’s Amnion and the Dangers of a Posthuman Future.” Aliens in Popular Culture, edited by Michael M. Levy and Farah Mendlesohn, Greenwood, 2019, pp. 107-09.
-  “Stephen R. Donaldson”;  “The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant the Unbeliever.” The Literary Encyclopedia, http://www.litencyc.com. First published 8 October 2018.
- See full C.V. for the full list (currently at 10).
CONFERENCES PRESENTATIONS (most recent only)
- 2022. International Conference for the Fantastic in the Arts. “C. S. Lewis and The Nameless Isle: A Reassessment in Light of the Modern Alliterative Revival.’” Orlando, FL.
- Roundtable participant—the Student Caucus IAFA panel on teaching.
- 2021. Modern Language Association (MLA). “Treating Contingent Labor with Compassion: Strategies in Journal Publishing for Reducing Wait Times.” Online conference. Toronto, Canada.
- 2019. 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.
- 2018. 53rd International Congress on Medieval Studies. “‘Sing, Muse, the Wrath of Boromir, Denethor’s Son’: Thumos and Lofgeornost in Tolkien.” Kalamazoo, MI.
- See my list of courses taught, my sample syllabi, or examples of my lecture videos.
AWARDS, HONORS, GRANTS, FELLOWSHIPS (selected)
- 2020–21. Lecturer Teaching Award – awarded once yearly by the UA Writing Program (one of the largest in the country) for excellence in teaching – U of A 2020
- 2020. World Fantasy Award in the “Special Award: Non-Professional” category for Fafnir: Nordic Journal of Science Fiction and Fantasy Research
- 2019-2020. R. D. Mullen Postdoctoral Research Fellowship ($3,000) – Science Fiction Studies. National postdoctoral fellowship for original archival research.
- 2016. Richard C. and Virginia Peck Award (faculty-nominated award for excellence in graduate work; highest departmental honor), MTSU.
- 2021. “18 – FOTR Part 2: The Shadow of the Past—with Dennis Wilson Wise.” Watch Party: Lord of the Rings on Prime, a podcast hosted by Michael Rolland and Jennifer Gallagher. 22 Sep. 2021.
- 2020. “Interview: Dennis Wise.” Reading Tolkien: A Podcast, hosted by Dr. Benjamin Bassett. 20 Dec. 2020.
- 2018. Wildcat Crime (local podcast; interview): “The Myths, Legends, and Crimes Behind the Haunting of Maricopa Hall” & “Violence and Ghost Stories” – U of A
ACADEMIC SERVICE (selected)
- 2021- –. Council of Stewards; Awards Administrator for the Mythopoeic Society
- 2017- 2022. Reviews editor, Fafnir: Nordic Journal of SFF Research
- N/A. Blind peer reviewer for the journals Extrapolation; Fafnir; Journal for the Fantastic in the Arts;, and Gothic Studies. Also a reviewer for Wiley-Blackwell and McFarland
PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS (selected)
- MLA; Council of Editors of Learned Journals; International Association of the Fantastic in the Arts; Mythopoeic Society; Tolkien Society
- see full C.V. for details
- Available upon request