Charles Tung, PhD
Associate Professor, English
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
“Technology and Time: Clocks, Time Machines, and Speculation,” forthcoming in Time and Literature: Cambridge Critical Concepts. Ed. Thomas Allen.
“Baddest Modernism: the Scales and Lines of Inhuman Time.” Modernist Inhumanisms, special issue of Modernism/Modernity 23.3 (2016): 515-538.
“Modernism, Time Machines, and the Defamiliarization of Time.” Configurations 23.1 (Winter 2015): 93-121.
“Modernist Heterochrony, Evolutionary Biology, and the Chimera of Time.” This Year’s Work in the Oddball Archive. Ed. Jonathan P. Eburne and Judith Roof. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2015. 247-77.
"Disquieting Time." Common Knowledge 17.2 (2011): 394-410.
"Modernism’s News." Symploke: A Journal for Literary, Cultural and Theoretical Scholarship 16.1/2 (2008): 153-69.
B.A., Georgetown University
M.Phil., Oxford University
Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley