Dr. Philip Edward Phillips

Associate Dean, University Honors College

Dr. Philip Edward Phillips
615-898-2699
(615) 904-8263
Room 205A, Paul W. Martin, Sr. Honors Building (HONR)
MTSU Box 267, Murfreesboro, TN 37132
Office Hours

Monday-Friday, 8:00 AM-4:30 PM

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Degree Information

  • Ph.D., Vanderbilt University (1996)
  • M.A., Vanderbilt University (1992)
  • B.A., Belmont University (1990)

Areas of Expertise

Boethius and the vernacular translations of The Consolation of Philosophy

Medieval and Early Modern literature

Milton and the classical epic tradition

Poe and antebellum American literature

Bibliography and research methods

Biography

Dr. Philip Edward Phillips is associate dean of the University Honors College and professor of English. He received his B.A. in English (with minors in Latin and philosophy) at Belmont University in 1990, his M.A. in English at Vanderbilt University in 1992, and his Ph.D. in English at Vanderbilt University in 1996. He has served on the faculty at Middle Tennessee State University since 1999.

His teaching and research areas include medieval and early modern literature, Milton and...

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Dr. Philip Edward Phillips is associate dean of the University Honors College and professor of English. He received his B.A. in English (with minors in Latin and philosophy) at Belmont University in 1990, his M.A. in English at Vanderbilt University in 1992, and his Ph.D. in English at Vanderbilt University in 1996. He has served on the faculty at Middle Tennessee State University since 1999.

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 antebellum American literature.

His major publications include Vernacular Traditions of Boethius's De consolatione philosophiae (2016), Prison Narratives from Boethius to Zana (2014), 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), as well as various peer-reviewed academic journals. He is the Secretary of the International Boethius Society and the former co-editor of its multidisciplinary journal on Boethius, his age, and his influence. He is also the immediate past president of the Poe Studies Association and chair of the program committee for the 2018 International Poe and Hawthorne Conference in Kyoto, Japan.

Dr. Phillips is the recipient of a a 2014-2015 MTSU Distinguished Research Award, 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. He has also held research fellowships at the Newberry Library in Chicago.

He is the founder and former director of 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 the MTSU Virginia Peck Trust Fund, the MTSU Public Service Committee, the MTSU College of Liberal Arts, and the MTSU University Honors College.

 

Professional Memberships

Modern Language Association

Medieval Academy of America

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

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Publications

BOOKS

Vernacular Traditions of Boethius's De consolatione philosophiae. Co-edited with Noel Harold Kaylor, Jr. Research in Medieval Culture. Kalamazoo, MI: Medieval Institute Publications, 2016.

Prison Narratives from Boethius to Zana. Ed. Philip Edward Phillips. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2014.

A Companion to Boethius in the Middle Ages. Edited with Noel Harold Kaylor, Jr. Brill's Companions to the Christian Tradition 30....

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BOOKS

Vernacular Traditions of Boethius's De consolatione philosophiae. Co-edited with Noel Harold Kaylor, Jr. Research in Medieval Culture. Kalamazoo, MI: Medieval Institute Publications, 2016.

Prison Narratives from Boethius to Zana. Ed. Philip Edward Phillips. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 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. Co-edited with Noel Harold Kaylor, Jr. Medieval and Renaissance Texts and Studies 366. Tempe, Arizona: ACMRS, 2009. 

New Directions in Boethian Studies. Co-edited with Noel Harold Kaylor, Jr. Studies in Medieval Culture XLV. Kalamazoo, Michigan: Medieval Institute Publications, 2007. 

John Milton's Epic Invocations: Converting the Muse. New York: Peter Lang, 2000. 

 

ARTICLES

"The American Stage." Edgar Allan Poe in Context. Edited by Kevin J. Hayes. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2013. 118-128.

"Adaptations of Dante's Commedia in Popular American Fiction and Film." Medieval and Early Modern English Studies17.2 (2009): 197-212.

"Anicius Manlius Severinus Boethius: A Chronology and Selected Annotated Bibliography." A Companion to Boethius in the Middle Ages. Ed. Noel Harold Kaylor, Jr. and Philip Edward Phillips. Brill's Companions to the Christian Tradition 30. Leiden and Boston: Brill Academic Publishers, 2012. 551-589.

"Boethius, le Quadrivium, et la Consolation de la Philosophie." Colloquia Aquitana II—Boèce: l'homme, le philosophe, le scientifique, son oevre et son rayonnement. Ed. Illo Humphrey. Paris: Éditions Le Manuscrit, 2009. 183-201. 

“Boethius, the Prisoner, and The Consolation of Philosophy.” Prison Narratives from Boethius to Zana. Edited by Philip Edward Phillips. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2014. 11-33.

"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. Ed. Jacek Fisiak and Hye-kyung Kang. Seoul: Thaehaksa, 2005. 309-320. 

"Boethius's De Consolatione Philosophiae and the Lamentatio / Consolatio Tradition," Medieval English Studies 9.2 (2001): 5-27. 

"Boethian 'Happiness' in Alexander Pope's An Essay on Man, Epistle IV," in Vitality of Literature. Ed. An Sonjae. Seoul: Han-Ul Academy, 2002. 389-402. 

"Elegy." The Milton Encyclopedia. Ed. Thomas N. Corns. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2012. 108.

“Engagement Ring: Elmira Royster Shelton.” Edgar Allan Poe in 20 Objects from the Susan Jaffe Tane Collection. Edited by Gabrielle Dean and Richard Kopley. Baltimore: The Sheridan Libraries of Johns Hopkins University, 2016. 38-43.

"The English Consolation of Philosophy: Translation and Reception." Carmina Philosophiae 17 (2008): 97-126. 

“The English Translation Tradition of Boethius’s De consolatione philosophiae with a Checklist of Translations.” Vernacular Traditions of Boethius’s De consolatione philosophiae. Edited by Noel Harold Kaylor, Jr. and Philip Edward Phillips. Kalamazoo, Michigan: Medieval Institute Publications, 2016. 221-249.

"Hymn." The Milton Encyclopedia. Ed. Thomas N. Corns. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2012. 158-159.

"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. 

"King Arthur." The Milton Encyclopedia. Ed. Thomas N. Corns. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2012. 201.

"Lady Philosophy's Therapeutic Method: The 'Gentler' and the 'Stronger' Remedies in Boethius's De Consolatione Philsophiae," Medieval English

Studies 10.2 (2002): 5-26.

"Muses." The Milton Encyclopedia. Ed. Thomas N. Corns. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2012. 250. 

"Poe's 1845 Boston Lyceum Appearance Reconsidered." Deciphering Poe: Subtexts, Contexts, Subversive Meanings. Ed. Alexandra Urakova. Bethlehem, PA: Lehigh University Press/Roman & Littlefield, 2013. 41-52.

"Psychoanalytical and Phenomenological Approaches to 'The Fall of the House of Usher. '" Psi Sigma Journal 3 (Spring 1990):94-102. 

“Rejecting the Pagan Gods: Abraham Cowley and the Christian Muse.” John Milton’s Epic Invocations: Converting the Muse. New York: Peter Lang, 2000. 17-44. Rpt. in Poetry Criticism. Vol. 90. Detroit: Gale, 2009. Literature Resource Center. Web. 17 Dec. 2015. URL: https://ezproxy.mtsu.edu/login?url=http://go.galegroup.com/ps/i.do?id=GALE%7CH1420084992&v=2.1&u=tel_middleten&it=r&p=LitRC&sw=w&asid=0b19c1ddd2e9659165ab91a951421052

"Robert Browning's Poetry of Loss: 'Prospice' and 'To Edward FitzGerald,'" Sun Yat-sen Journal of Humanities 22 (Summer 2006): 135-146. 

"Teaching Poe's 'The Raven' and 'Annabel Lee' as Elegies." Approaches to Teaching Poe's Prose and Poetry. Ed. Jeffrey Weinstock and Tony Magistrale. New York: MLA Publications, 2008. 76-80. 

 

BIBLIOGRAPHIES

"Boethius." Oxford Online Bibliographies. Medieval Studies Series. Ed. Paul E. Szarmach. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2017. Last Modified: March 30, 2017; DOI 10.1093/OBO/978019536584-0222.

“Boethius: A Selected Bibliography for Students,” bibliography of primary and secondary sources, last updated on December 2, 2014; available on the official International Boethius Society website at http://boethius.blogspot.com/p/bibliography.html.

"Anicius Manlius Severinus Boethius: A Chronology and Selected Annotated Bibliography." A Companion to Boethius in the Middle Ages. Ed. Noel Harold Kaylor, Jr. and Philip Edward Phillips. Brill's Companions to the Christian Tradition 30. Leiden and Boston: Brill Academic Publishers, 2012. 551-589.

"International Poe Bibliography: 1992-1993." (Contributor, with Scott Peeples). Poe Studies/Dark Romanticism 27 (1994): 5-27. 

 

REVIEWS

"Clarembald of Arras and his Glosses on Boethius's De Trinitate and De Hebdomadibus.Carmina Philosophiae 14 (2005): 159-166. 

"Reconsidering Poe' Poetry and Its Theatrical Origins: A Review of Stagefright, or the Broken Hearts of Edgar Allan Poe." Edgar Allan Poe Review 12.1 (Spring 2011): 125-127.

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.

Review of Boethius, The Consolation of Philosophy, translated by Scott Goins and Barbara H. Wyman. Carmina Philosophiae: Journal of the International Boethius Society 23 (2014): 103-107.

Review of Edgar Allan Poe by Kevin J. Hayes. Edgar Allan Poe Review 12.1 (Spring 2011): 114-121. 

Review of Evermore: Edgar Allan Poe and the Mystery of the Universe by Harry Lee Poe. Renewing Minds: A Journal of Christian Thought 3 (2013): 125-128. 

Review of Gothic America: Narrative, History, and Nation by Theresa A. Goddu. Edgar Allan Poe Review 1.1 (Spring 2000): 37-39. 

Review of Job, Boethius, and Epic Truth by Ann W. Astell . Carmina Philosophiae: Journal of the International Boethius Society 3 (1994): 83-86. 

Review of Medieval Foundations of the Western Intellectual Tradition, 400-1400 by Marcia L. Colish. Carmina Philosophiae: Journal of the International Boethius Society 7 (1998): 112-115. 

Review of Milton, the Metaphysicals, and Romanticism. Lisa Low and Anthony John Harding, eds. The Byron Journal 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 Poe in His Own Time, A Biographical Chronicle of his Life, Drawn from Recollections, Interviews, and Memoirs by Family, Friends, and Associates by Benjamin F. Fisher. The Edgar Allan Poe Review 12.2 (Fall 2011): 101-104. 

Review of Race, Gender and Empire in American Detective Fiction by John Cullen Gruesser. The Edgar Allan Poe Review (Spring 2014): 106-109.

Review of Speaking Grief in English Literary Culture: Shakespeare to Milton. Margo Swiss and David A. Kent, eds. Early Modern Literary Studies 10.3 (January 2005): 13.1-8.

Review of The Poet Edgar Allan Poe: Alien Angel by Jerome McGann (Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 2015). Poe Studies 48 (2015): 94–96.

"Writing and Reception in Antebellum America," a review of Reading Fiction in Antebellum America: Informed Response and Reception Histories, 1820-1865 by James L. Machor for Poe Studies 44 (Fall 2011):101-105.

 

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Presentations

INVITED LECTURES

“Boethius Behind Bars: The Value of the Liberal Arts Beyond the Academy,” invited lecture sponsored by the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures, the Department of English, Greek and Roman Studies, Philosophy, the Spence Wilson Chair for the Humanities, and Religious Studies, Rhodes College, Memphis, TN, October 5, 2016.

"Boethius, the Summum Bonum, and The Consolation of Philosophy," Keynote Ad...

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INVITED LECTURES

“Boethius Behind Bars: The Value of the Liberal Arts Beyond the Academy,” invited lecture sponsored by the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures, the Department of English, Greek and Roman Studies, Philosophy, the Spence Wilson Chair for the Humanities, and Religious Studies, Rhodes College, Memphis, TN, October 5, 2016.

"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

“Resources for the Study of Poe and Baudelaire at the W.T. Bandy Center,” The Poe Studies Association’s Fourth International Edgar Allan Poe Conference, New York, NY, February 28, 2015.

“Poe in France: Baudelaire and Beyond,” SymPOEsium on PLACE, University Honors College, Middle Tennessee State University, February 19, 2015."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.

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Awards

MTSU Foundation Distinguished Research Award, 2015

Phi Kappa Phi Influential Faculty Award, Middle Tennessee State University Chapter, 2015

Phi Kappa Phi Influential Faculty Award, Middle Tennessee State University Chapter, 2014

MTSU Foundation Distinguished Research Award, 2008

Phi Kappa Phi Influential Faculty Award, Middle Tennessee State University Chapter, 2007
 

 

Creative Activity

"To R. P. W., 1905-1989" (poem). The Vanderbilt Review XII (1996).

"Upon a Hill" (poem). The Vanderbilt Review XII (1996).

Courses

ENGL 7660/6660: Introduction to Graduate Studies: Bibliography and Research Methods

ENGL 7330/6330: Major American Writers: Edgar Allan Poe

ENGL 7140/6140: Studies in Milton

UH 3500: Honors Interdisciplinary Seminar: Honors in Italy

UH 3500: Honors Interdisciplinary Seminar: Honors in Thailand

UH 3000: Honors Lecture Series