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Dr. David Wilkes

Professor of English


School of Arts and Humanities


Professional Experience:

  • Professor of English, 2000 to present, Mount Vernon Nazarene University, Ohio
  • Chair of English and Modern Languages
  • Dean, School of Arts and Humanities, 2004 to 2006, Mount Vernon Nazarene University
  • Associate Professor of English, 1996 to 2000, Mount Vernon Nazarene College
  • Lecturer, 1990 to 1996, College of Continuing Education at University of Rhode Island, Community
  • College of Rhode Island, Rhode Island College, Roger Williams University
  • Visiting Professor of English, 1991 to 1992, Polytechnic Institute of Guarda, Portugal

Professional Organizations:

  • Modern Language Association
  • Midwest MLA

Awards and Recognition:

  • Sabbaticals, MVNU, Spring 2011 and Fall 2003
  • Summer Mini-Grant, MVNU, 2008, 2003, 1999, 1998, 1997
  • President’s Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2001
  • Phi Kappa Phi National Honor Society inducted 1989

Published Works:

  • Arts of Language podcast with the Institute for Excellence in Writing, a homeschool organization founded by Andrew Pudewa, 2020.
  • “Putting the Bite on the Past: Travesty as Tribute in Jane Austen and
    Grahame-Smith’s Pride and Prejudice and Zombies,” Midwest MLA Conference, Cincinnati, OH, November 9-11, 2012.
  • “The Mudworm’s Bower and Other Metropastoral Spaces: Novelization and Clashing Chronotopes in Our Mutual Friend.Dickens Studies Annual 42 (2011): 295-330.
  • “Piecing Together George Schroeder.” Review of the artist’s collages. February
  • “Portrait of a Christian as a Young Man.” Colleague Faith 3. Ronald Alan Knott, ed. Berrien Spring, MI: St Andrews University Press, 2006. 49-50.
  • “This Most Protean Sitter”: The Factory Worker and Triangular Desire in Hard Times.” Dickens Studies Annual) 36 (2005): 153-181.



  • Ph.D. in English Literature with concentrations in the British Romantics, the 19th-century novel, and the works of Jane Austen and Charles Dickens, University of Rhode Island, Kingston, Rhode Island (1990)
  • M.A. in English/American Literature, University of California at Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara, California (1985)
  • B.A. in English, University of California at Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara, California (1981)

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