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 Phil Phillips

    

Dr. Philip Edward Phillips

Associate Dean of the University Honors College and Professor of English

 

Member, Graduate FacultyHonors Faculty

Ph.D., Vanderbilt University, 1996; M.A., Vanderbilt University, 1992; B.A., Belmont University, 1990; Certificat de Langue Français, Université Catholique de l'Ouest (Angers, France), 1989; First Year at MTSU: 1999

Office: HONR 205A (Box 267); Phone/Voice Mail: 898-2699

John Miltons Epic Invocations New Directions in Boethian Studies The Consolation of Queen Elizabeth I A Companion to Boethius in the Middle Ages Cover of Prison Narratives

Carmina Philosophiae: Journal of the Internationsl Boethius Society

Dr. Philip Edward Phillips is Associate Dean of the University Honors College and Professor of English. His teaching and research areas include medieval and early modern literature, Milton and the epic tradition, Boethius and the vernacular translations of The Consolation of Philosophy, and Poe and early nineteenth-century American literature.

His major publications include A Companion to Boethius in the Middle Ages (2012), The Consolation of Queen Elizabeth I (2009), New Directions in Boethian Studies (2007), and John Milton's Epic Invocations: Converting the Muse (2000). Dr. Phillips has published articles in Deciphering Poe (2013), Edgar Allan Poe in Context (2012), The Milton Encyclopedia (2012), Approaches to Teaching Poe's Prose and Poetry (2008), and Global Perspectives on Medieval Literature and Culture (2007). He is the Secretary of the International Boethius Society and the co-editor of its multidisciplinary journal on Boethius, his age, and his influence, Carmina Philosophiae. Dr. Phillips is the President of the Poe Studies Association and a member of the Advisory Board of the Edgar Allan Poe Foundation of Boston. He is also an active member of the National Collegiate Honors Council, the Medieval Academy of America, the Modern Language Association, the International Boethius Society, the Milton Society of America, and the Poe Studies Association, and he regularly organizes panels and delivers papers at national and international conferences.

Dr. Phillips is the recipient of a 2007-2008 MTSU Distinguished Research Award, a 2008-2009 Boston Athenæum Mary Catherine Mooney Research Fellowship, and a 2010-2012 W. T. Bandy Fellowship at the Center for Baudelaire and Modern French Studies at Vanderbilt University. With the support of an MTSU Public Service Grant and matching funds from the College of Liberal Arts, he founded and directs an innovative, non-credit, Great Books program in three Middle Tennessee prisons through a partnership between the Great Books Foundation, the Tennessee Department of Correction, and MTSU. The program has received generous support from Raiko Henderson, the MTSU Virginia Peck Trust Fund, the MTSU Public Service Committee, the MTSU College of Liberal Arts, and the MTSU University Honors College.

See Publications

Invited Lectures

  • "Boethius, the Summum Bonum, and The Consolation of Philosophy," Keynote Address, 45th Annual Conference of the Rocky Mountain Medieval & Renaissance Association, Denver, CO, April 12, 2013.
  • "Poe and Boston," Poe Foundation of Boston Inaugural Annual Lecture, Boston Public Library, Boston, MA, January 19, 2013.
  • "Boethius's The Consolation of Philosophy and Its Influence in the Middle Ages," University of New Mexico, College of Arts and Sciences, Institute of Medieval Studies, Twenty-Seventh Spring Lecture Series: Medieval Masterpieces, April 17, 2012.
  • "The Liberating Voice of Lady Philosophy: The Function of Poetry in Boethius's The Consolation of Philosophy," Belmont University Convocation Series, Nashville, TN, January 25, 2012.

Conference Papers

  • "Yankee Neal and Edgar Poe: A Literary Friendship," Positively Poe Conference, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA, June 25, 2013.
  • "Baudelaire's Poe in Europe," Conversazioni in Italia: Emerson, Hawthorne, and Poe," La Pietra International Conference and Events Center, Florence, Italy, June June 9, 2012.
  • "Poe and Boston: The 1845 Boston Lyceum Incident Reconsidered," The Third International Edgar Allan Poe Conference: The Bicentennial," Philadelphia, PA, October 11, 2009.
  • "Alfred, Boethius, and the Victorian Imagination." 124th Annual MLA Convention, San Francisco, CA, December 27, 2008
  • "The English Consolation of Philosophy: Translation and Reception," Second Annual Conference on Christian Philosophy: Boethius, Franciscan University of Steubenville, Steubenville, OH, April 14, 2007.
  • "Translating and Remaking Boethius's The Consolation of Philosophy into English from the 9 th to the 21 st Centuries," Colloquia Aquitana-II, "Boéce (Rome, ca. 480-Pavie, ca. 524): l'homme, le philosophe, le scientifique, son oevre et son rayonnement," Le Musée Conservatoire du Parchemin et de l'Enluminure, Duras, France, August 4, 2006.
  • "Boece, le Quadrivium , et la Consolation de la Philosophie," Colloquia Aquitana-II, "Boéce (Rome, ca. 480-Pavie, ca. 524): l'homme, le philosophe, le scientifique, son oevre et son rayonnement," Le Musée Conservatoire du Parchemin et de l'Enluminure, Duras, France, August 3, 2006.
  • "Victorian Translations of King Alfred's Boethius," Medieval and Early Modern English Studies Association of Korea International Conference, Seoul National University, October 7, 2005.
  • "Boethius, the Quadrivium, and the Order of the Universe," 40th International Congress on Medieval Studies, Western Michigan University, May 6, 2005.
  • "Vernacular Translations of Boethius's De consolatione philosophiae: The English Consolatio," 39th International Congress on Medieval Studies, Western Michigan University, May 2004.
  • "Milton's History of Britain and the Rejection of Historical Epic," Medieval and Early Modern English Studies Association of Korea, 6th International Conference, Korea University, Seoul, November 22, 2003.
  • "Lady Philosophy's Therapeutic Method: The 'Gentler' and 'Stronger' Remedies in Boethius's De Consolatione Philosophiae," Medieval English Studies Association of Korea International Conference, Seoul National University, Seoul, Korea, November 23, 2002.
  • "Lady Philosophy, Satirist or Consoler?," 37 th International Congress on Medieval Studies, Western Michigan University, May 2002.
  • "Boethius's De Consolatione Philosophiae and the Lamentatio/Consolatio Tradition," Medieval English Studies Association of Korea International Conference, Seoul National University, Seoul, Korea, November 17, 2001.
  • "Boethius in Eighteenth-Century British Literature," 36 th International Congress on Medieval Studies, Western Michigan University, May 2001.
  • "From Clio to Urania: Epic Invocations in The History of Britain," Conference on John Milton, Middle Tennessee State University, October 24, 1997.
  • "Boethian 'Happiness' in Pope's Essay on Man, Epistle IV," 31 st International Congress on Medieval Studies, Western Michigan University, May 10, 1996.
  • "'Ever-During Dark Surrounds Me': The Reversal of Miltonic Invocations in Pope's Dunciad," South Central Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies, University of New Orleans, February 24, 1996.
  • "'The Inspired Gift of God': The Generic Genius of Milton's Hymn to Holy Light," Conference on John Milton, Middle Tennessee State University, October 27, 1995.
  • "Homer, Cleanthes, Boethius, and the Classical Hymn," 29 th International Congress on Medieval Studies, Western Michigan University, May 6, 1994.
  • "'The Slave of Compassion": Female Complicity in Wollstonecraft's Mary, A Fiction," South Central Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies Conference, Rice University, February 20, 1994.
  • "Dream Vision as Consolatio in Boethius and the Pearl-Poet," 28 th International Congress on Medieval Studies, Western Michigan University, May 8, 1993.
  • "Catullus's Programmatic Tablets," 23 rd Committee for the Advancement of Early Studies Conference, Ball State University, November 7, 1992.

Professional Memberships

  • Modern Language Association
  • Medieval Academy of America
  • Society for the Study of Medieval Languages and Literature
  • Medieval English Studies Association of Korea
  • International Boethius Society, Charter Member; Secretary
  • Milton Society of America, Life Member
  • Poe Studies Association
  • National Collegiate Honors Council