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Dean Swinford

Dr. Dean Swinford

Dr. Dean Swinford
Associate Professor

Office:  Butler 136
Phone:  (910) 672-2425
Fax:     (910) 672-1425


Ph.D. in English, University of Florida, 2004.

Fulbright Fellow and Visiting Student, Department of French Literature, Ghent University, 2002-03.

M.A. in English, University of Florida, 1999.

B.A. in 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 111.1 (2013): 1-22. 

"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. New York: Oxford University Press (Forthcoming).

"From 'Defining Irrealism: Scientific Development and Allegorical Possibility." The Irreal Reader: Fiction and Essays from The Café Irreal. Ed. G.S. Evans and Alice Whittenburg. Bowie, MD: Guide Dog Press, 2013. 176-184.

"A Response to 'A Response to "Defining Irrealism."'" The Irreal Reader: Fiction and Essays from The Café Irreal. Ed. G.S. Evans and Alice Whittenburg. Bowie, MD: Guide Dog Press, 2013. 189-191.

"The Invisible Monster: Italo Calvino and the Contemporary City." Approaches to Teaching Italo Calvino. Ed. Franco Ricci. New York: Modern Language Association, 2013. 125-133. Rpt. in Twentieth Century Literary Criticism: Invisible Cities by Italo Calvino. Ed. Carol Lazzaro-Weis. New York: Gale/ Cengage (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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