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Northwest Missouri State University

Wayne Chandler

Wayne Chandler



2693 Colden Hall


660.562.1963 (fax)

Joined Northwest in 2000

Associate Professor


  • Ph.D. English, University of Alabama, 2000
  • M.A. English, Northwest Missouri State University, 1994
  • B.A. English, Northwest Missouri State University, 1992

Courses Taught

  • Composition 111 and 112
  • Introduction to Literature
  • Early British Lit:  Beowulf to the 18th Century
  • Introduction to Shakespeare
  • Intro to Practical and Theoretical Literary Criticism
  • Science Fiction Literature
  • American Myth & the Superheroic Ideal
  • Studies in American Literature:  Michael Chabon
  • Studies in Genre:  Science Fiction and Faith
  • Studies in Early British Literature:  Beowulf
  • Studies in Early British Literature:  Early Modern Poetry
  • Studies in Genre:  The Epic

Academic Interests

  • The influence of Shakespeare and other early British Literature on today’s culture
  • The effect of literature in print, film, and games
  • Ethics and fringe literature (science fiction, fantasy, comic books, etc.)

Scholarly Activity

Selected Publications

  •  “Tolkien’s Allusive Backstory: Immortality and Belief in the Fantasy Frame.”  Co-author Carrol L. Fry.  Mythlore: A Journal of J.R.R. Tolkien, C.S. Lewis, Charles Williams, and Mythopoeic Literature: Vol. 35: No. 2, Article 7 (2017)  Available at:
  • “The Pen is Mightier Than the Fang: Geek Lit as Buffy’s Equipment for Living.”  Slayage: the Journal of Whedon Studies 14.1 [43].  (Winter 2016)  Available at:
  • An Anthology of Commendatory Verse From the English Renaissance.  Lewiston, NY:  Edwin  Mellen Press, 2005
  • Commendatory Verse and Authorship in the English Renaissance.  Lewiston, NY:  Edwin Mellen Press, 2003.  (Mellen Studies in Literature:  Elizabethan and Renaissance Studies, Volume 129)
  • "Review: Georgia Brown: Redefining Elizabethan Literature."  Shakespeare Yearbook 16: The Shakespeare Apocrypha (2007):  468-74.
  •  "Living with Reptiles:  Welcome to the Jungle." Reptiles (August 2000):  100.
  •  "A Tragicomedy: Mary Wroth, John Fletcher, and Critical Reception."  Renaissance Papers 1998:  137-149.
  • "The Magic(s) of Steven Brust." Journal for the Fantastic in the Arts 9.2 (1998):  71-79.
  • "Frankenstein's Many Readers."  Extrapolation 37.1 (Spring 1996):  37-45.
  • "An Epiphany at Owl Creek Bridge: Intimations of Immortalities in Ambrose Bierce's  Fiction."  (Co-author Carrol Fry.)  Studies in Weird Fiction 24 (1999):  8-14.
  • "The Servant."  Marion Zimmer Bradley's Fantasy Magazine 33 (Fall 1996):  21-23.


Selected Presentations

  • "‘Cool!  I mean-nerds!': Courting Geeks for Fun and Profit in the Buffyverse."  Slayage  Conference on the Whedonverses.  Barnesville, GA, May 27, 2006.
  • "The Shoulders of Giants: Premodern Tools Remade for the Posthuman Age."  Computers &  Writing.  Palo Alto, CA, June 17, 2005.
  • "Jonson and Company:  Reputation and Reciprocity in English Renaissance Commendatory  Verse."  Central Renaissance Conference.  Lawrence, KS, September 20, 2003.
  • "J.R.R. Tolkien and The Call of Immortality."  Mythcon XXXIV: The Thirty-Fourth Conference of the Mythopoeic Society, Nashville, TN.  July 27, 2003.
  • "‘We are compounded of free parts':  John Fletcher, Shakespeare, and the Creation of Female  Audience."   26th Comparative Drama Conference, Columbus, OH. April 27-29, 2002.
  • "The Book is the Thing: Strategies of Advertisement in Renaissance Commendatory Verse." Southeastern Renaissance Conference.  Raleigh, NC, April 5, 2002.
  • "The Tale of The Winter's Tale:  Shakespeare's Romances."  Invited speaker at the Scholar's Forum, Missouri Repertory Theater's production of The Winter's Tale. University of Missouri at Kansas City.  February 10, 2002.
  •  "‘How True That Sexe Can Write':  Convention and Construction Among Renaissance Women Writers."  2001 Convention of the Missouri Philological Association. Westminster College, Fulton, MO.  March 2, 2001.
  •  "‘Loue this Booke':  Commendatory Verse and Jonson's Praise of Shakespeare."  Southeastern Renaissance Conference.  Columbia, SC, April 15, 2000.
  •  "A Tragicomedy: Mary Wroth, John Fletcher, and Critical Reception."  Southeastern Renaissance Conference.  Chapel Hill, NC, April 17, 1998.

Student Group Advisement

  • Science Fiction Society of Northwest (2011-16)
  • Fellowship of the Tower Gaming Society (2005-present)
  • Comic Book Club (2015-2017)

Other Professional Experience

  • President of Northwest Faculty Senate 2013-14 and Spring 2015
  • Member of Faculty Senate Executive Committee 2014-2016
  • Chair of Designated Curriculum Matters Committee 2017-present (2018)
  • College of Arts & Sciences Faculty Senator (2017-19)
  • Past member of various committees including Extended Leadership Team, Research Committee, Budget Committee, et al.
  • Member of LLW Graduae Committee and Lit & Pedagogy Committee