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 Tim  Engles

Tim Engles

Professor of English

Office: 3831 - Coleman Hall
Phone: 217-581-2428
Email: tdengles@eiu.edu
Office Hours: TR 10:45-12:00 p.m.

Tim Engles teaches courses in contemporary and multicultural American literature, as well as a variety of writing courses. Like his teaching, his doctoral research -- a study of works by three novelists, Gloria Naylor, Don DeLillo, and Chang-rae Lee -- was largely informed by his primary research area, critical whiteness studies. His scholarship has appeared in numerous journals, edited books and reference sources, and he is the editor of Towards a Bibliography of Critical Whiteness Studies, and co-editor of Approaches to Teaching DeLillo's White Noise and Critical Approaches to Don DeLillo. He also serves on the editorial board of the journal MELUS: Multi-Ethnic Literature of the United States.

Frequently Taught Courses

Studies in Twentieth-Century American Literature (ENG 5010): "Toni Morrison and Don DeLillo," "Multicultural Paradigm Shifts" and "Multicultural Authors and Authorship"

Studies in Literary Criticism (4775): "Critical Race Theories and American Literatures"

Studies in African American Literature (4750): "Passing and the Fictions of Race," "African American Whiteness" and "Race, Class and Mass Incarceration"

Senior Seminar (4300): "Authors and Authorship" and "The Graphic Bildungsroman"

Contemporary Asian Literature (3907)

Multicultural American Literatures (3705)

Late Twentieth-Century American Literature (3704)

Advanced Composition (3001, 3002): "Race, Class, and Gender in the Professional Workplace" and "Literary Critical Whiteness Studies"

Introduction to African American Literature (2705)

Composition and Language (1001/91, 1002/92)


PhD, University of Georgia
BA, Journalism, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
BA, English, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee


Contemporary and multicultural American literatures; critical whiteness studies.

Selected Publications

"White Male Nostalgia in Don DeLillo's Underworld." Postmodern Literature and Race. Len Platt and Sara Upstone, eds. Cambridge University Press (2015)

"'What did she see?': The White Gaze and Postmodern Triple Consciousness in Walter Dean Myers' 
Monster." (co-author with Fern Kory) Children's Literature Association Quarterly 39.1 (Spring 2014)

"Incarceration, Identity Formation, and Race in Young Adult Literature: The Case of Monster versus Hole in My Life." (co-author with Fern Kory) English Journal 102.4 (March 2013)

"Whiteness." Oxford Bibliographies: Atlantic History. Trevor Burnard, ed. Oxford University Press (2012)

"African American Whiteness in Gloria Naylor's Linden Hills." African American Review 43.3 (Winter 2009)

"DeLillo and the Political Thriller." The Cambridge Companion to Don DeLillo. John N. Duvall, ed. Cambridge University Press (2008)

Approaches to Teaching DeLillo's White Noise. (co-editor with John N. Duvall) Modern Language Association (2006)

"Connecting White Noise to Critical Whiteness Studies." Approaches to Teaching DeLillo's White Noise. Tim Engles and John N. Duvall, eds. Modern Language Association (2006)

Towards a Bibliography of Critical Whiteness Studies. (editor; Introduction by David R. Roediger) Center on Democracy in a Multiracial Society (2006) (PDF)

"The Fugitive Race: Minority Writers Resisting Whiteness, by Stephen P. Knadler, and Place, Language, and Identity in Afro-Costa Rican Literature, by Dorothy E. Mosby." (Review Essay) American Literature 76.1 (March 2004)

"The Perils of Disembodied Readership." (Review Essay) MFS: Modern Fiction Studies 47.4 (Winter, 2001)

Critical Essays on Don DeLillo. (co-editor with Hugh Ruppersburg) G.K. Hall (2000)

"'Who are you, literally?': Fantasies of the White Self in White Noise." MFS: Modern Fiction Studies 45.3 (Fall, 1999) [reprinted in Critical Essays on Don DeLillo, G.K. Hall, 2000; excerpted in Don DeLillo, Harold Bloom, ed., Chelsea House, 2003]

"'Visions of me in the whitest raw light': Assimilation and Doxic Whiteness in Chang-rae Lee's Native Speaker." Hitting Critical Mass: A Journal of Asian American Cultural Studies (Summer 1997)

Selected Conference Presentations

(Campus Speaker) "White Male Nostalgia in Don DeLillo's Underworld." University of Huddersfield (Huddersfield, UK). November, 2014. 

"Racialized Slacktivism: Social Media Performances of White Anti-racism." Thomas R. Watson Conference, University of Louisville. October, 2014.

(Invited Roundtable Presenter) "Confronting White Privilege in the Classroom." College of Education, University of Illinois. November, 2012.

(Invited Campus Speaker) "Hipster Slacktivism: White Privilege and Social Justice Activism." Pitzer College. October, 2012.

(Invited Campus Speaker) "White Privilege: Does It Still Exist?" Inclusive Illinois. College of Education, University of Illinois. September, 2012.

“Making Whiteness Visible in Young Adult Literature: The View from the Other Side.” (Fern Kory, co-presenter) National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) Convention, Chicago, IL. November, 2011.

(Invited Campus Speaker) “Deconstructing Whiteness: What We Talk about When We Talk about Whiteness.” Spoon River College. March, 2010. (IHC Road Scholars Event)

(Invited Campus Speaker) “Critical Whiteness Studies in Everyday Life: How Did I Get So White?” Lewis University. February, 2010. (IHC Road Scholars Event)

“Optic Whiteness: Whiteouts and Blackouts in Percival Everett’s Erasure.” Midwest Modern Language Association, St. Louis, MO. November, 2009.

(Invited Panelist) "The Histories of Whiteness." Congress of Qualitative Inquiry. University of Illinois. May, 2006.

(Invited Panelist) "What We Talk about When We Talk about Whiteness." Department of Psychology, University of Illinois. October, 2005.

(Organizer and Panel Moderator) After Whiteness: Race and the Visual Arts. Symposium. (Keynote Speaker: Amy Mooney) Eastern Illinois University. February, 2005.

"'A Curtain Is Rising on the Western World': The Whiteness of Cormac McCarthy's Suttree." The Suttree 25th Anniversary Celebration Conference (Cormac McCarthy Society). Knoxville, TN. October, 2004.

"Connecting Don DeLillo's White Noise to Critical Whiteness Studies." American Literature Association Convention, San Francisco, CA. May, 2004.

(Co-organizer) After Whiteness: Race and the Visual Arts. Symposium. (Keynote Speaker: Adrian Piper) University of Illinois. October, 2003.

"Whites in the Room: Teaching Whiteness in Multicultural Literature Courses." National Association of Multicultural Educators, Pella, Iowa. April, 2003.

"'Is Whiteness Contagious?': Biracial Subjectivity in Danzy Senna's Caucasia." Outside American Studies: An American Studies Institute. Dartmouth College, NH. June 18-23, 2001.

(Respondent) "Contemporary Korean Film" panel, Asian Studies Association, Chicago, IL. March, 2001.

"Invisible Adjectives: Whiteness and Cultural Identity in American Literature and Film." Back to the Futures: An American Studies Institute. Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH. June 21-28, 1998.

(Panel Chair and Organizer) "Whiteness and Cultural Identity." South Atlantic MLA Convention, Atlanta, GA. November, 1997.

(Panel Chair and Organizer) "In Pursuit of Whiteness in American Literature." Northeast MLA Convention, Philadelphia, PA. April, 1997.

(Attendee) "The Making and Unmaking of Whiteness." Conference, Berkeley, CA. April, 1997.

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