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Charles M. Tung, PhD

Professor, English


Charles Tung CV (PDF)

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.

Courses Taught

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‚Ä®


  • Modernism and Time Machines. Critical Studies in Modernist Culture series. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2019
  • “Clocks: Modernist Heterochrony and the Contemporary Big Clock.” In The Edinburgh Companion to Modernism and Technology, edited by Alex Goody and Ian Whittington, 36-50. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, forthcoming 2022