Dr. Pete McCluskey

Dr. Peter McCluskey

Associate Professor

Ph.D. (1998), University of Arkansas, Fayetteville; MA (1988), Indiana University, Bloomington; BA (1987), Hendrix College; First Year at MTSU: 1999

Office: PH 340; Phone/Voice Mail: 898-2678


Dr. McCluskey earned the Ph.D. at the University of Arkansas. A specialist in Shakespeare, he joined the English Department in the Fall of 1999.


See Publications

Conference Presentations

  • "Englishmen For My Money and the Sublimation of Anti-Immigrant Satire," Renaissance Society of America, Miami, FL, 22-24 March 2007.

  • "'Ipse Dixit': Literary Allusion in Heinlein's Juveniles," Popular Culture Association, Boston, MA, 4-7 April 2007.

  • "'The Game's Afoot": Heinlein and Holmes," Popular Culture Association (PCA), Atlanta , GA , 12-15 2006.
  • "'The Great Globe Itself': Shakespearean Allusion in Heinlein's Fiction," Popular Culture Association, San Diego , CA , 23-26 March 2005.
  • "It was a Flemynge hyght Hansy": Skelton's Magnyfycence and Henrican
    Anti-Flemish Satire," South Atlantic Modern Language Association (SAMLA), Roanoke, VA, 12-14 November 2004.
  • "Have Monomyth, Will Travel: The Hero's Journey in Heinlein's Juvenile Novels," Popular Culture Association, San Antonio, TX, 7-10 April 2004.
  • "'This Kind of Thing': 'Literary Chitchat' in Ruth Rendell's Chief Inspector Wexford Novels," Popular Culture Association in the South (PCAS), Charlotte, NC, 3-5 October 2002.
  • "God and Commerce in A Confederacy of Dunces ," Tennessee Philological Association (TPA), Murfreesboro, TN, 21-23 February 2002.
  • "Making Sense of An Enterlude of Welth and Helth : or How I Stopped Worrying and Learned to Love Textual Criticism," SAMLA, Atlanta, GA, 9-11 November 2001.
  • "My Name is Comus, and I'm an Alcoholic," Conference on John Milton, Murfreesboro, TN, 19-20 October 2001.
  • "'These Swilling Epicures Shall Taste of Death': Anti-Flemish Satire in A Larum for London ," Renaissance Society of America, Chicago, IL, 29-31 March 2001.
  • "(Sir) Thomas (More) the Tank Engine? Sodor as Industrial Utopia," Society for Utopian Studies, Vancouver, Canada, 29-21 October 2000.
  • "The Hero With a Thousand Bowties: Pee-Wee's Big Monomyth," PCAS, Nashville, TN, 5-7 October 2000.
  • "'Devoured by Aliens!': Flemish Appetites and English Anxieties," Medieval-Renaissance Conference XIV, Wise, VA, 21-23 September 2000.
  • "'Shall I Betray My Brother?' Anti-Alien Satire and its Subversion in The Shoemaker's Holiday," TPA, Cookeville, TN, 24-26 February.
  • "'Bastards of Dung': Flemish Excrement and the English Imagination," SAMLA, Atlanta, GA, 4-6 November 1999.
  • "The Toad at Eve's Ear," Conference on John Milton, Murfreesboro, TN, 21-23 October 1999.
  • "Thomas Deloney, the 'Complaint of the Yeomen Weavers Against Immigrant Weavers,' and the Riots of 1595," South Central Renaissance Conference (SCRC), Savannah, GA, 8-10 April 1999.
  • "'Might Could' and 'Might Ought To': The Double Modal in Arkansas--An Informal Introduction," Arkansas Philological Association (APA), Fayetteville, AR, 11-12 October 1996.
  • "'The Perversion of Having to GO TO WORK': Anti-capitalism in A Confederacy of Dunces ," College English Association (CEA), New Orleans, LA, 3-6 April 1996.
  • "Optical Image Clusters in the Major Poems of Sir John Davies," SCRC, Oklahoma City, OK, 6-8 April 1995.
  • "'Humors to Delight': Menaphon as Burlesque ," APA, Hot Springs, AR, 4-5 November 1994.
  • "'Too Many Aliens in this Realm': Wealth and Health a nd the Closing of the Stranger Churches in Marian London," APA, Arkadelphia, AR, 12-13 November 1993.
  • "Milton and the Winds of Folly," Southeastern Conference on John Milton, Murfreesboro, TN, 21-23 October 1993.
  • "The Allegory of Lust: 'Bytuene Mersh & Aueril' and Autoeroticism," Rocky Mountain Medieval and Renaissance Association Conference (RMMRAC), Flagstaff, AZ, 8-11 April 1993.
  • " Bartholmew Fair and the Feast of Fools," SCRC, San Antonio, TX, 25-27 March 1993.
  • "'Turnip-Eating Rogues': Anti-Dutch Sentiment in Renaissance Drama," APA, Eureka Springs, AR, 6-7 November 1992.
  • "Passive Voices / Active Voices: Sexual Politics and the Changing of the Archetype of the Heroine in the Disney Feature-length Animated Films," written with Sally McCluskey, Popular Culture Association in the South Conference, Augusta, GA, 1-3 October 1992.
  • "Honest Fools and Honorable Murderers: the Subversion of Language in Othello ," RMMRAC, Las Cruces, NM, 9-11 April 1992 and SCRC, Monroe, LA, 2-4 April 1992.
  • "'The Recovery of the Sacred Candlestick': Jewish Imagery and the Problem of Allegory in The Marble Faun ," APA, Mountain View, AR, 22-23 November 1991.
  • "'Nature Taught Art': the Topos of Art and Nature in Paradise Regained ," Southeastern Conference on John Milton, Murfreesboro, TN, 24-26 October 1991.