Honors College

Philip E. Phillips, Ph.D. - Associate Dean
and Professor of English

Phillips NEW   


Dr. Phillips earned his B.A. in English, with minors in Latin and Philosophy, at Belmont University, a certificate in French at the Universite Catholique de l'Ouest in Angers, France, and his M.A. and Ph.D. in English at Vanderbilt University. He served as a Lecturer in English at Vanderbilt and as an AP English and French teacher at Battle Ground Academy before joining the English Department and the Honors faculty at MTSU. Dr. Phillips specializes in Boethius, Milton, and Poe. He received the MTSU Foundation Distinguished Research Award in 2008. Having served for five years as the Director of Graduate Admissions in English, Dr. Phillips served as the Director of Graduate Admissions in English and as Chair of the University Graduate Council before he was appointed Interim Associate Dean of the University Honors College in 2011. After a national search, he was named permanent Associate Dean in 2014. He has held fellowships at The Newberry Library, the Boston Athenaeum, and the W.T. Bandy Center for Baudelaire and Modern French Studies at Vanderbilt University. In 2013, Dr. Phillips participated in the Management Development Program (MDP) at the Harvard University Graduate School of Education. Dr. Phillips is the founder and director of Great Books in Middle Tennessee and a member of Omicron Delta Kappa and Phi Kappa Phi. He is the Secretary of the International Boethius Society and President of the Poe Studies Association.


ENGL 7660/6660: Introduction to Graduate Study: Bibliography and Research
ENGL 7640: Dissertation Research
ENGL 7330/6330: Major American Writers: Edgar Allan Poe
ENGL 7140/6140: Studies in Milton
ENGL 6640: Thesis Research

ENGL 4180: Milton (Honors)
ENGL 4180: Milton
ENGL 3400: European Literature to 1400
ENGL 3110: English Literature: The Medieval Period
ENGL 3030: Introduction to American Literature
ENGL 3010: British Literature I
ENGL 3000: Introduction to Literary Studies
ENGL 2030: The Experience of Literature
ENGL 1020H: Research and Argumentative Writing (Honors)
ENGL 1020: Research and Argumentative Writing
ENGL 1010H: Expository Writing (Honors)
ENGL 1010: Expository Writing

UH 4900: Honors Thesis Tutorial
UH 4950: Honors Independent Research
UH 3000: Honors Lecture Series (The Environment)
UH 3000: Honors Lecture Series (Prison Writing)
UH 3000: Honors Lecture Series (The City)
UH 3000: Honors Lecture Series (Innovation and Design)
UH 3000: Honors Lecture Series (Beauty)
UH 3000: Honors Lecture Series (Health and Happiness)

WMST 2100: Introduction to Women's Studies



  • Prison Narratives from Boethius to Zana. Edited by Philip Edward Phillips. New York: Palgrave, forthcoming in July 2014.
  • A Companion to Boethius in the Middle Ages. Edited with Noel Harold Kaylor, Jr. Brill's Companions to the Christian Tradition 30, Leiden and Boston: Brill Academic Publishers, 2012.
  • The Consolation of Queen Elizabeth I: The Queen's Translation of Boethius's De Consolatione Philosophiae (Public Record Office Manuscript SP 12/289. Edited with Noel Harold Kaylor, Jr. Medieval and Renaissance Texts and Studies 366. Tempe, Arizona: ACMRS, 2009.
  • New Directions in Boethian Studies. Edited with Noel Harold Kaylor, Jr. Studies in Medieval Culture 45. Kalamazoo, Michigan: Medieval Institute Publications, 2007.
  • John Milton's Epic Invocations:Converting the Muse. Renaissance and Baroque Studies and Texts 26. New York: Peter Lang Publishing, 2000.


  • "Poe's 1845 Boston Lyceum Appearance Reconsidered." Deciphering Poe: Subtexts, Contexts, Subversive Meanings. Ed Alexandra Urakova. Bethleham, PA: LeHigh University Press, 2013. 41-52.
  • Review of Evermore: Edgar Allan Poe and the Mystery of the Universe by Harry Lee Poe. Renewing Minds: A Journal of Christian Thought 2 (Spring 2013): 125-128.
    "Poe and the American Stage." Edgar Allan Poe in Context. Ed. Kevin J. Hayes. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2013. 118-128.
  • "Anicius Manlius Severinus Boethius: A Chronology and Selected Annotated Bibliography." A Companion to Boethius in the Middle Ages. Ed. Noel Harold Kaylor, Jr. and Phillip Edward Phillips. Brill's Companions to the Christian Tradition 30. Leiden and Boston: Brill Academic Publishers, 2012. 551-589.
  • "Writing and Reception in Antebellum America," a review of Reading Fiction in Antebellus America: Informed Response and Reception Histories, 1820-1865 by James L. Machor for Poe Studies 44 (Fall 2011): 101-105.
  • Review of Benjamin F. Fisher's Poe in His Own Time, A Biographical Chronicle of his Life, Drawn from Recollections, Interviews, and Memoirs by Family, Friends,and Associates for The Edgar Allan Poe Review 12.2 (Fall 2011): 101-104.
  • "Reconsidering Poe's Poetry and its Theatrical Origins: A Review of Stagefright, or the Broken Hearts of Edgar Allan Poe." The Edgar Allan Poe Review 12.1 (Spring 2011): 125-127.
  • Review of Edgar Allan Poe by Kevin J. Hayes. The Edgar Allan Poe Review 12.1 (Spring 2011): 114-121.
  • "Adaptations of Dante's Commedia in Popular American Fiction and Film." Medieval and Early Modern English Studies 17.2 (2009): 197-212.
  • "Boethius, le Quadrivium, et la Consolation de la Philosophie." Colloquia Aquitana II--Boece: l'homme, le philosophe, le scientifique, son oevre et son rayonnement. Ed. Illo Humphrey. Paris: Editions Le Manuscrit, 2009. 183-201.
  • "The English Consolation of Philosophy: Translation and Reception." Carmina Philosophiae 17 (2008): 97-126.
  • "Teaching Poe's "The Raven' ad 'Annabel Lee's as Elegies." Approaches to Teaching Edgar Allan Poe's Prose and Poetry. Edited by Jeffrey Weinstock and Tony Magistrale. Approaches to Teaching World Literature 104. New York: MLA Publications, 2008. 76-80.
  • "King Alfred the Great and the Victorian Translations of his Anglo-Saxon Boethius."Global Perspectives on Medieval English Literature, Language, and Culture. Edited by Noel Harold Kaylor, Jr. and Richard Scott Nokes. Kalamazoo, Michigan: Medieval Institute Publications, 2007. 155-173.
  • "The Boke of Coumfort of Bois [Bodleian Library, Oxford Manuscript AUCT.F.3.5]: A Transcription with Introduction." Reedited with Noel Harold Kaylor, Jr. Edited with Noel Harold Kaylor, Jr. Studies in Medieval Culture 45. Kalamazoo, Michigan: Medieval Instutute Publications, 2007. 223-279.
  • "Robert Browning's Poetry of Loss: 'Prospice' and 'To Edward FitzGerald.' " Sun Yat Sen Journal of Humanities 22 (Summer 2006): 135-146.
  • Review of A Companion to Philosophy in the Middle Ages, edited by Jorge J.E. Gracia and Timothy B. Noone. Carmina Philosophiae 15 (2006): 111-113.
  • Review of Speaking Grief in English Literary Culture: Shakespeare to Milton, edited by Margo Swiss and David A. Kent. Early Modern Literary Studies 10.3 (January, 2005).
  • "Clarembald of Arras and his Glosses on Boethius's De Trinitate and De Hebdomadibus." Carmina Philosophiae 14 (2005): 159-166.
  • "Boethius's De Consolatione Philosophiae 3 m 9 and the Classical Hymn." Recent Trends in Medieval English Language and Literature in Honour of Young-Bae Park. Edited by Jacek Fisiak and Hye-Kyung Kang. Seoul: Thaehaksa, 2005. 309-320.
  • "Lady Philosophy's Therapeutic Method: The 'Gentler' and the 'Stronger' Remedies in Boethius's De Consolatione Philosophiae." Medieval English Studies 10.2 (2002): 5-26.
  • "Boethian 'Happiness' in Alexander Pope's An Essay on Man, Epistle IV." Vitality of Literature. Edited by An Sonjae. Seoul: Han-UI Academy, 2002. 389-402.
  • "Boethius's De Conolatione Philosopphiae and the Lamentatio/Consolatio/Consolatio Tradition." Medieval English Studies 9.2 (2001): 5-27.
  • Review of Gothic America: Narrative, History, and Nation by Theresa A/. Goddu. The Edgar Allan Poe Review 1.1 (Spring 2000): 37-39.
  • Review of Medieval Foundations of the Western Intellectual Tradition, 400-1400 by Marcia L. Colish, Carmina Philosophiae 7 (1998): 108-111.
  • Review of Milton, the Metaphysicals, and Romanticism, edited by Lisa Low and Anthony John Harding. The Byron Jounral 25 (1997).
  • Review of Origin and Authority in Seventeenth-Century England: Bacon, Milton, Butler by Alvin Snider. Early Modern Literary Studies 1.2 (1995): 9.1-7.
  • Review of Job, Boethius, and Epic Truth by Ann W. Astell. Carmina Philosophiae 3 (1994): 83-86.
  • "International Poe Bibliography: 1992-1993." Compiler with Scott Peeples, et al. Poe Studies/Dark Romanticism 27 (1994): 5-27.


  • Editor (with Noel Harold Kaylor, Jr.), Carmina Philosophiae: Journal of the International Boethius Society, 1996 - present


  • "Boethius, the Summum Bonum, and The Consolation of Philosophy," Keynote Address, Rocky Mountain Medieval and Renaissance Association, 45th Annual Conference, Denver, CO, April 12, 2013.
  • "Poe and Boston," Inaugural Edgar Allan Poe Foundation of Boston Annual Lecture, Boston Public Library, Boston, MA, January 19, 2013.
  • "Boethius's Consolation of Philosophy and Its Influence in the Middle Ages," Twenty-Seventh Spring Lecture Series: Medieval Masterpieces, University of New Mexico, College of Arts and Sciences, Institute for Medieval Studies, April 17, 2012.
  • "The Liberating Voice of Philosophy: The Function of Poetry in Boethius's The Consolation of Philosophy," Distiguished Visiting Scholar in Philosophy, Department of Philosophy, School of Humanities, Belmont University, January 25, 2012.
  • "Boece, le Quadrivium, et al Consolation de la Philosphie," Plenary Speaker at Colloquia Aquitana--II, "Boece (Rome, ca. 480-ca. 524): l'homme, le philosophe, le scientifique, son oevre et son rayonnement," Le MuseeConservatoire du Parchemin et de l'Enluminure, Duras, France, August 3, 2006.

For a more complete listing of publications and presentations, see http://works.bepress.com/philip_phillips/


Dr. Phillips is a member of the Murfreesboro Breakfast Rotary (Rotary International), the secretary and past president of the Williamson County Shrine Club (Shriners International), and the founder and director of Great Books in Middle Tennessee Prisons.


Office: HONR 205A
E-Mail: Philip.Phillips@mtsu.edu
Phone: (615) 898-2699