Philip E. Smith

Philip E. Smith works primarily on 19th- and 20th-century literary and culture studies involving Oscar Wilde, literature and science, science fiction, drama, and the institution of English teaching. His edition of Oscar Wilde’s Historical Criticism Notebook was published in 2016 by Oxford University Press. He contributed to and edited Approaches to Teaching the Works of Oscar Wilde (MLA 2008). He is co-author and co-editor of Oscar Wilde's Oxford Notebooks: A Portrait of Mind in the Making (Oxford U.P. 1989); he has published articles on Wilde, on Pitt's culture studies curriculum, and on figures such as August Wilson, Ursula Le Guin, Robert Heinlein, Constance Naden, and Charles Olson. He is at work on chapters for collections of essays on Wilde and Philosophy and Wilde and the Classics.

Phil won the Chancellor's Distinguished Teaching Award in 2007.

He won the Chancellor’s Distinguished Public Service Award in 1999.

He won the Frances Andrew March Award of the Association of Departments of English (MLA) in 1999.

He chaired the English Department from 1987-1995.

Phil joined the English Department in 1970 and retired in 2014.

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Oscar Wilde’s Historical Criticism Notebook. Oxford University Press, 2016.

Approaches to Teaching the Works of Oscar Wilde. Modern Language Association of America, 2008

Oscar Wilde's Oxford Notebooks: A Portrait of Mind in the Making. Oxford University Press, 1989