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Dr. John Holmes

Dr. John Holmes

Professor of English

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  • Ph.D. Major Specialty: British Romanticism, Minors: 1. Comparative Literature (19th-20th c. European), 2. Renaissance British – Kent State University
  • M.A. – St. Bonaventure University
  • B.A. Journalism – St. Bonaventure University
  • 2002 – Senior Faculty Award for excellence in teaching, Franciscan University of Steubenville
  • Administrative Assistant to Dean of Graduate College, Kent State University
  • Director of Drama, Franciscan University
  • Chair, Department of English
  • Kent State University Fellow: non-service, awarding academic excellence
  • Research Assistant, KSU Editing Institute (editing 18th c. novels of Charles Brockden Brown)
  • Teaching Fellow, Kent State University
  • Academic Scholarship, Chorus Scholarship, Sigma Delta Chi Journalism Fraternity; Delivered (Student) Commencement Address, St. Bonaventure University
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Select Publications
  • “The Burrahobbit: Semantic Displacement in J.R.R. Tolkien.” In Deborah Bice, ed. Elsewhere: Selected Essays from the “20th Century Fantasy Literature: from Beatrix to Harry” Literary Conference. Lanham, MD: University Press of America, 2003, 17-28.
  • “Oaths and Oath Breaking; Analogues of Old English Comitatus in Tolkien’s Myth.” In Jane Chance, ed. Tolkien and the Invention of Myth (Lexington: University Press of Kentucky, 2004), 249-26.
  • “Tolkien, Dustsceawung, and the Gnomic Tense: Is Timelessness Medieval or Victorian?” in Jane Chance and Alfred K. Siewers, eds. Tolkien’s Modern Middle Ages (London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2005), 43-58.

Full List

  • “Art and Illustrations by Tolkien.” In Michael D. C. Drout, ed. The Tolkien Encyclopedia (London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2007), 27-32.
  • “The Battle of Maldon.” In Michael D. C. Drout, ed. The Tolkien Encyclopedia (London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2007), 52-54.
  • “King Alfred.” In Michael D. C. Drout, ed. The Tolkien Encyclopedia (London: Routledge, 2007), 320-321.
  • “Milton.” In Michael D. C. Drout, ed. The Tolkien Encyclopedia (London: Routledge, 2007), 428-429.
  • “Mythopoeia.” In Michael D. C. Drout, ed. The Tolkien Encyclopedia (London: Routledge, 2007), 450-451.
  • “Valedictory Address, Oxford.” In Michael D. C. Drout, ed. The Tolkien Encyclopedia (London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2007), 691.
  • “Most Intriguing Question Marks”: Fantasy as History in Lord of the Rings.” Fides Quaerens Intellectum 3, No. 2 (Spring 2007), 77-105.
  • Review of Stuart D. Lee and Elizabeth Solopova, The Keys of Middle Earth, in Tolkien Studies 3 (2007), 278-282.
  • “The Lord of the Rings.” In John K. Roth, ed. Masterplots II: Christian Literature (Pasadena: Salem Press, 2007), 1073-1077.
  • “Inside a Song: Tolkien and Phonaesthetics.” In Brad Eden, ed., Middle-earth Minstrel: Essays on Music in Tolkien. Jefferson, NC: McFarland & Company, 2010.
  • “ ‘Like Heathen Kings’: Religion as Palimpsest in Tolkien’s Fiction.” In Paul Kerry, ed, The Ring and the Cross: Tolkien and Religion. Teaneck, NJ: Fairleigh Dickenson University Press, 2011, 119-144.
  • “‘A Metre I Invented’: Tolkien’s Clues to Tempo in ‘Errantry’” in Julian Eilmann & Allan Turner, Tolkien’s Poetry. Zurich: Walking Tree Publishers, 2013, 29-44.
  • “Counseling the Scippigræd: How T.A. Shippey Taught Us to Read.” In John William Houghton, et. al., eds. Tolkien in the New Century: Essays in Honor of Tom Shippey. Jefferson, NC: McFarland & Company, 2014, 11-13.
  • “Keeping Counsel: Advice in Tolkien’s Fiction.” In John William Houghton, et. al., eds. Tolkien in the New Century: Essays in Honor of Tom Shippey. Jefferson, NC: McFarland & Company, 2014, 87-96.
  • “The Lord of the Rings.” In Stuart Lee, ed. A Companion to J.R.R. Tolkien. Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell, 2014, 133-145.
  • “The Other as Kolbítr: Tolkien’s Eowyn and Faramir as Æthelflæd and Alfred.” In Christopher Vaccaro and Yvette Kisor, Tolkien and Alterity: Essays in Honor of Jane Chance [forthcoming]
  • “‘A Green Great Dragon’ and Tolkien’s ‘Native Language.’” In John Rateliff, ed. Essays in Honor of Verlyn Flieger [forthcoming]
  • “Nis me ti hearpun hygi: Harping as Lament in Tolkien’s Imagination” In Friedhelm Schneidewind and Julian Eilmann, Music and Middle-earth. Zurich: Walking Tree Publishers, 2018
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