Charles M. Tung, PhD

PhD, English

Department Chair
Professor, English

Phone: 206-296-6452

Building/Room: Casey 510-14

Charles Tung CV (PDF)

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 and love songs.

Recent Courses
Modernism in Art and Literature; Modernism, Time Travel, and Alternate Histories; Asian American Literature; What Is “Ethnic” American Literature?;  Literary and Cultural Theory: History and the Deep Future

Recent Publications

  • Modernism and Time Machines, Critical Studies in Modernist Culture series (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2019). 

  • “Posthistorical Historicity Today: Historical Time and Virality after Flusser,” forthcoming in Understanding Flusser, Understanding Modernism, edited by Aaron Jaffe, Rodrigo Martini, and Michael F. Miller, Bloomsbury Press, 2021.

  • “Time Machines and Timelapse Aesthetics in Anthropocenic Modernism,” forthcoming in Timescales: Ecological Temporalities Across Disciplines, edited by Bethany Wiggin, Patricia Kim, and Carolyn Fornoff, University of Minnesota Press, 2020. 

  • “Second Modernism and the Aesthetics of Temporal Scale,” forthcoming in Modernism and the Anthropocene, edited by Jon Hegglund and John McIntyre, Ecocritical Theory and Practice series, Lexington/Rowman and Littlefield, 2020.

  • “The Angel of Alternate History and Apocalyptic Hope.” ASAP/Journal, vol. 3, no. 3, 2018, pp. 547-69.

  • “Technology and Time: Clocks, Time Machines, and Speculation.” In Time and Literature: Cambridge Critical Concepts, edited by Thomas Allen, Cambridge University Press, 2018, pp. 166-79.

  • “Baddest Modernism: the Scales and Lines of Inhuman Time.” Modernist Inhumanisms, special issue of Modernism/Modernity, vol. 23, no .3, 2016, pp. 515-38.

  • “Modernism, Time Machines, and the Defamiliarization of Time.” Configurations, vol. 23, no .1, Winter 2015, pp. 93-121.

  • “Modernist Heterochrony, Evolutionary Biology, and the Chimera of Time.” The Year’s Work in the Oddball Archive, edited by Jonathan P. Eburne and Judith Roof, Indiana University Press, 2015, pp. 247-77.


BA, Georgetown University
MPhil, Oxford University
PhD, University of California, Berkeley