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Dean Swinford

Dr. Dean Swinford

Dr. Dean Swinford
Associate Professor

Office:  Williams Hall 205A
Phone:  (910) 672-2425
Fax:     (910) 672-1425


English, University of Florida, 2004
Fulbright Fellow and Visiting Student, Department of French Literature, Ghent University, 2002-03

English, University of Florida, 1999

English, Magna Cum Laude with Honors, Florida International University, 1995.


Through the Daemon's Gate: Kepler's Somnium, Medieval Dream Narratives, and the Polysemy of Allegorical Motifs. New York: Routledge, 2006 (Paperback, 2010).    

Refereed Journal Articles

"Stellification and Poetic Ascent in the House of Fame." Modern Philology (Forthcoming).

"Dream Interpretation and the Organic Metaphor of the State in John of Salisbury's Policraticus." The Journal of Medieval Religious Cultures 38.1 (2012): 32-59.

"'These Were My Ceremonies, These My Rites': Magical Summoning in Johannes Kepler's Somnium." The Mediaeval Journal 2.1 (2012): 59-76.  

"'Some Beastlike Fungus': The Natural and Animal in John Gardner's Grendel." LIT: Literature Interpretation Theory 22.4 (2011): 323-335.

"Analyzing Urban Space in Invisible Cities." Academic Exchange Quarterly 13.2 (2009): 192-97.

"Form and Representation in Beowulf and Grettis Saga." Neophilologus 86 (2002): 613-20.

"Recursivity: Navigating Composition and Space." Co-authored with Jason Snart.  AGORA: Online Graduate Humanities Journal 1.1 (2001).  

"Defining Irrealism: Scientific Development and Allegorical Possibility." Journal of the Fantastic in the Arts 12.1 (2001): 77-89. Rpt. in A Café Irreal Anthology. Eds. Greg Evans and Alice Whittenburg. Guide Dog Press (Forthcoming, 2013).  

Refereed Book Chapters

"'The Moon is an Earth': The Lunar Setting of Science Fiction's Missing Link." Classical Traditions in Science Fiction. Eds. Brett Rogers and Benjamin Stevens. Oxford University Press (Forthcoming).

"The Invisible Monster: Italo Calvino and the Contemporary City." Approaches to Teaching Italo Calvino. Ed. Franco Ricci. Modern Language Association (Forthcoming).

"The Portrait of an Armor-Plated Sign: Reimagining Samsa's Exoskeleton." Kafka's Creatures: Animals, Hybrids, and Other Fantastic Beings. Eds. Marc Lucht and Donna Yarri. Lanham: Rowman and Littlefield, 2010 (Paperback, 2012). 211-36.

"Transforming the Trickster in Chaucer's Wife of Bath's Tale." The Trickster (Bloom's Literary Themes). Eds. Harold Bloom and Blake Hobby. New York: Chelsea House, 2010. 229-39.

"Where the Fusang Grows: A Response to an Interview with Cheryl Glotfelty." Writing Environments: Rhetoric, Texts, and the Construction of Nature. Eds. Sid Dobrin and Chris Keller.  Albany: SUNY Press, 2004. 279-85.

Edited Journal

"Over-Reading: Implications for Humanities Teaching." Eds. Dean Swinford and Jason Snart. Special issue of Inventio: Creative Thinking About Learning and Teaching. Spring 2003.

Book Reviews and Encyclopedia Articles

"Review of Richard Burt's Medieval and Early Modern Film and Media." The Sixteenth-Century Journal 43.1 (2012): 262-263.

"Review of Dan Hofstadter's The Earth Moves: Galileo and the Roman Inquisition." The Sixteenth-Century Journal 43.1 (2012): 250-251.

"Review of Hanan Yoran's Between Utopia and Dystopia: Erasmus, Thomas More, and the Humanist Republic of Letters." The Sixteenth-Century Journal 42.3 (2011): 891-893.

"Review of James Muldoon and Felipe Fernández -Armesto's The Expansion of Latin Europe, 1000-1500: The Medieval Frontiers of Latin Christendom." The Sixteenth-Century Journal 41.2 (2010): 509-511.

"Review of Ladina Lambert's Imagining the Unimaginable: The Poetics of Early Modern Astronomy." Revue d'Histoire des Sciences 58 (2005): 465-67.

"Review of John Aberth's A Knight at the Movies: Medieval History on Film." Journal of Film and Video 56:4 (2004): 54-56.

"J.G. Ballard." Contemporary Novelists. 7th ed. Eds. Neil Schlager and Josh Lauer.  Detroit: St. James Press, 2001. 56-60. 

Eighteen articles in Science and Its Times: Understanding the Social Significance of Scientific Discovery Vol.1-3. Eds. Neil Schlager and Josh Lauer. Detroit: Gale Group, 2001.

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