Professor of English



  • PhD Graduate Center, City University of New York
  • MA Wake Forest University
  • BA Appalachian State University

Areas of Interest

  • American Culture and Mental Health
  • Transatlantic Romanticism
  • The Gothic
  • Literature and Psychology
  • Film and Religion
  • Western Esoteric Traditions
  • Humanism and Technology

Courses Taught at Wake Forest

  • WRI 111 The Gothic
  • ENG 350 British Romantic Poets
  • ENG 372 American Romanticism
  • ENG 376 American Poetry Before 1900
  • ENG 746 Studies in British Romanticism
  • ENG 772 Studies in American Romanticism

Selected Publications

  • Everyone Loves a Good Train Wreck; or, Why We Can’t Stop Looking at Terrible Things (New York: Sarah Crichton/ Farrar, Straus, and Giroux, forthcoming, 2012).
  • My Business Is To Create: Blake’s Infinite Writing (Iowa City: University of Iowa Press, 2011).
  • The Mercy of Eternity: A Memoir of Depression and Grace (Evanston, IL: Northwestern University Press, 2010).
  • Against Happiness: In Praise of Melancholy (New York: Sarah Crichton/ Farrar, Straus, and Giroux, 2008).
  • The Strange World of David Lynch: Transcendental Irony from Eraserhead to Mulholland Dr (New York and London: Continuum International Publishing, 2007). 
  • The Melancholy Android: On the Psychology of Sacred Machines (Albany, NY: State University of New York Press, 2006). 
  • Secret Cinema: Gnostic Vision in Film (New York and London: Continuum International Publishing, 2006).

Additional Professional Information

Curriculum Vitae for Dr. Wilson

Dr. Wilson’s Personal Website