English Professor Charles M. Tung presents “Moving in Time:
Penultimate Thoughts on Modernism and the Trope of Time Travel” on April 19 at
7 p.m. Tung headlines the Naef Scholars “Last Lecture,” an annual tradition
where the Naef Scholars themselves select a faculty member whom they would like
to have deliver a lecture if the professor thought it would be his last one.
In his presentation, Tung will address the relationship between the late
nineteenth-century desire for a “quickened, multiplied consciousness” and the
rise of alternate histories in the twentieth century as well as the later
boom in time-travel narratives.
Tung joined the faculty in the College of Arts and Sciences in 2004.
His courses include British and American modernist literature, literary
theory, and Asian American literature. He recently published “The Future of
Literary Criticism: Assessment, the Curricularized Classroom, and Thick
Reading,” in Literary Study, Measurement, and the Sublime: Disciplinary
This Naef Scholars Last Lecture, which is free and open to the public,
is scheduled for 7 p.m. on April 19 in Bannan 102.
The Naef Scholarship Program, funded from the
estate of Sue Naef, supports financially and educationally full-time upper-level
undergraduate students. Currently, 60 percent of the Naef Scholars are in the
College of Arts and Sciences, which offers 33 undergraduate degrees and seven
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