College of Arts and Sciences

Charles Tung, PhD

  • Charles Tung, PhD
    PhD, English
    Associate Professor, English
    Acting Chair, English Department
    Co-Director, Film Studies Program
    Phone: 206-296-6452
    Building/Room: Casey 507


    Teaching and Research Interests

    Welcome Statement: I began as a student of Romanticism and the lyric, but a number of factors, including acute hay-fever, pushed me quickly into modernism. The focus of my doctoral work was early 20th-century British and American literature and time philosophy. I am also interested in race and atavism, models of history and identity in cultural and ethnic studies, and time-travel narratives. I have a real weakness for popular culture, especially bad Hollywood films, love songs, and reality television.

    Current and Recent Courses: Time Travels; Situating the Modern: The Subject in History; Modernism in Art and Literature: From the Primitive to the Abstract to the Political; Asian American Literature; What Is “Ethnic” American Literature?; Literary Theory: Thinking Through Cultural Theory and Literary Studies

    Recent Publications: 

    “Modernism, Time Machines, and the Defamiliarization of Time.”  Configurations 23.1 (Winter 2015):  93-121.
    “Modernist Heterochrony, Evolutionary Biology, and the Chimera of Time.”  Forthcoming in This Year’s Work in the Oddball Archive.  Ed. Jonathan P. Eburne and Judith Roof.  Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2015. 
    "Disquieting Time." Common Knowledge 17.2 (2011): 394-410.
    "The Future of Literary Criticism: Assessment, the Curricularized Classroom, and Thick Reading." Literary Study, Measurement, and the Sublime:  Disciplinary Assessment. Eds. Donna Heiland and Laura J. Rosenthal. New York: Teagle, 2011. 199-216.
    "Modernism’s News." Symploke: A Journal for Literary, Cultural and Theoretical Scholarship 16.1/2 (2008): 153-69.
    "Modernist Contemporaneity: Rethinking Time in Eliot Studies and The Waste Land." Soundings: An Interdisciplinary Journal 89.3-4 (2007): 379-403.


    B.A., Georgetown University
    M.Phil., Oxford University
    Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley