Vita jonathan Bryant Himes Assistant Professor of English, John Brown University

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Jonathan Bryant Himes

Assistant Professor of English, John Brown University

623 Raines Road, Siloam Springs, AR 72761,

Educational Background

Ph.D.: English, Texas A&M University, 2003

M.A.: English, Texas A&M University, 1998

B.A.: Business Administration, Harding University, 1995


The Old English Epic of Waldere. Ed. and Trans. with Introduction by Jonathan Himes.

Cambridge Scholars: 2009 (forthcoming)

Truths Breathed Through Silver: The Inklings’ Moral and Mythopoeic Legacy. Ed. and

Introduction by Jonathan Himes. Cambridge Scholars: 2008

Waldere: Anglosaksinen Muinaisruno. Trans. Osmo Pekonen and Clive Tolley.

Minerva Press: 2005

“The Allegory of Lust: Textual and Sexual Deviance in The Dark Tower.” Chapter 4 of

Truths Breathed Through Silver: The Inklings’ Moral and Mythopoeic Legacy.

“World’s End Imagery: How William Morris and C.S. Lewis Imagined the Medieval

North,” Extrapolation 44.3 (2003): 304-310

“What Tolkien Really Did with the Sampo,” Mythlore 22.4 (2000): 69-85


Shipps Grant for Research, John Brown University, 2005, 2006, 2007

Dissertation Research Award (Grant), Texas A&M English Department, 2003

Glasscock Center for Humanities Research, Travel Grant, Texas A&M University, 2002

Charles Gordone Creative Writing Award (Poetry), Texas A&M University, 2002
Conference Presentations

“The Inklings and the Alliterative Tradition,” CSLIS 12th Annual Conference,

Calvin College, Grand Rapids, Mar. 2009

“The Pagan Celticisms of Yeats’s Early Poetry,” Arkansas Philological Association

Conference, Fort Smith, Oct. 2008

“C. S. Lewis’s Celticisms and the Influence of W. B. Yeats,” CSLIS Conference, Grove

City College, Mar. 2008

“The Redemption of Irish Faeryland: Lewis’s The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe and

Stephens’s The Crock of Gold,” Hardin-Simmons University, Abilene, Mar. 2007

“A Fighting Religion: Anglo-Saxon Warrior Ethics in the Christian Faith,” Conference

on Faith and History, Oklahoma Baptist University, Sept. 2006

“Rules and Rites of Military Conduct in Old English Waldere,” International Medieval

Congress, Western Michigan University, May 4, 2006

“The Inklings: Writers of the Speculative and the Sacred at Oxford,” University of

Jyväskylä, Finland, March 2005

“'I learned that he that will be a hero, will barely be a man':  Baptism by Fantasy in

George MacDonald and C. S. Lewis,” Oral Roberts University, April 2005

“The Allegory of Lust: Fictional and Sexual Deviance in The Dark Tower,” LeTourneau

University, April 2004

“Singers of the Sampo and the Silmarils: How Lönnrot and Tolkien Constructed Their

Quest Objects,” Singer of Epics Symposium, Turku, Finland, Nov. 2002

“Mimming and Mimesis: The Sword That is There and Not There in OE Waldere,

Texas Medieval Association, University of St. Thomas, Houston, Oct. 2002

“World’s End Imagery: How C. S. Lewis and William Morris Imagined the Medieval

North,” ICOLL Conference, Texas A&M University, Oct. 2000

“Fantasy Criticism: A Model from Lewis and Tolkien,” C.S. Lewis and the Inklings

Conference, Oral Roberts University, Feb. 1999
Teaching Experience

English 1013 and 1023: John Brown University, Fall 2003 – 2008

Masterpieces of Literature: John Brown University, Fall 2005 – 2008

Medieval Literature: John Brown University, Fall 2005 – 2008

History of the English Language: John Brown University, Spring 2005

Advanced Composition: John Brown University, Spring 2005 – 2008

Advanced English Grammar: John Brown University, Fall 2004

Tolkien, Lewis, and the Inklings: John Brown University, Spring 2004, 2006

Introduction to Linguistics: Texas A&M University, Fall 2001

Technical Writing: Texas A&M University, 1999 – 2002

Introduction to Literature: Texas A&M University, 1998 – 2003

Freshman Composition and Rhetoric: Texas A&M University, 1997 – 1998

English Through the Bible: Hungary, 1995 - 1996
Professional and Community Service

Writing Center Director, tutor, consultant

Sponsor of Sigma Tau Delta (English Honors Society)

Member of Honors committee

Member of core curriculum committee

Departmental representative at several majors fairs

Panelist twice for Scholarship Day on academic rigor

Interviewer of several prospective English majors and parents on recruitment weeks 

Participant on three faculty roundtables about graduate school for interested undergrads

Organizer of annual adjunct workshops for the English department

Leader of two Writing Center sessions for faculty at Fall Workshops

Seminar leader for Advance Program instructors on grading student papers 

Point person and organizer of 2004 Distinguished Writers Series, Barry Hanna

Chair of session for 2005 Arkansas Philological Association Conference hosted by JBU

Conference chair and host for 2006 C. S. Lewis Conference at JBU

Producer of 2006 performance, “An Evening with the Inklings” in the role of C.S. Lewis

Secretary of the C. S. Lewis & Inklings Society (CSLIS)

Leader of two JBU student panels at CSLIS conferences in Texas and Oklahoma

Moderator for JBU student panel at U. Oklahoma Writing Center conference, 2008

Leader of writing workshop for students on campus through Student Support Services

Creator and supervisor of two Medieval Faire events on campus for the whole town

Reading knowledge: Hungarian, German, Old and Middle English, Latin, Spanish
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