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EIU Department of English


Tim Engles, Professor of English

Office: 3831 - Coleman Hall
Phone: 217-581-2428

Spring 2023 Office Hours by Zoom:

Tim Engles teaches courses in multicultural and contemporary American literature, as well as a variety of writing courses. He is the author of White Male Nostalgia in Contemporary North American Literature and co-editor of Approaches to Teaching DeLillo's White Noise and Critical Approaches to Don DeLillo. His current research examines representations of white masculinity in literature and film; previous studies have included social media performances of white identity, depictions of judicial racism in young adult literature, and teaching literature in relation to critical whiteness studies. His scholarship, much of which is available here, has appeared in numerous journals, edited books and reference sources, and he serves on the editorial board of the journal MELUS: Multi-Ethnic Literature of the United States.  


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

Selected Publications


White Male Nostalgia in Contemporary North American LiteraturePalgrave Macmillan (2018); Review in Modern Fiction Studies by Josef Benson

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

Towards a Bibliography of Critical Whiteness Studies (editor) Center on Democracy in a Multiracial Society (2006)

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

Recent Articles and Book Chapters

"The Great Raced and Gendered Outdoors: White Male Spatiality in Alexander Payne's Nebraska and David Lynch's The Straight Story." Annals of Leisure Research 25.3 (2022)

"Race: White Male Mobility." Don DeLillo in ContextEdited by Jesse Kavadlo. Cambridge University Press (2022)

"Heroism and Indeterminacy in Oliver Stone's JFK and Don DeLillo's Libra." Critical Insights: Conspiracies. Edited by James Plath. Salem Press (2020)

"'I'm Sure You Must Be Somebody': White Masculinity in Don DeLillo's Americana and White Noise." Don DeLillo: Contemporary Critical Perspectives. Edited by Katherine Da Cunha Lewin and Kiron Ward. Bloomsbury (2019)

"Racialized Slacktivism: Social Media Performances of White Antiracism." Rhetorics of Whiteness: Postracial Hauntings in Popular Culture, Social Media, and Education. Edited by Tammie M. Kennedy, Joyce Irene Middleton and Krista Ratcliffe. Southern Illinois University Press (2017)   

"About Schmidt's Whiteness: The Emotional Landscapes of WASP Masculinity." The Construction of Whiteness: An Interdisciplinary Analysis of Race Formation and the Meaning of a White Identity. Edited by Stephen Middleton, David R. Roediger and Donald M. Shaffer. University Press of Mississippi (2016)

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

"'Proof of the loop': Patterns of Habitual Denial in Tim O'Brien's In the Lake of the Woods and Don DeLillo's Libra." Critical Insights: Tim O'Brien. Edited by Robert C. Evans. Salem 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)

Earlier articles and chapters available here


The New Immigrant Whiteness: Race, Neoliberalism, and Post-Soviet Migration to the United States, by Claudia Sadowski-Smith.  Journal of American Studies 53 (2019)

Reichsrock: The International Web of White-Power and Neo-Nazi Hate Music by Kirsten Dyck and Trendy Fascism: White Power Music and the Future of Democracy by Nancy S. Love. American Music 35.4 (2017)

Black Popular Music in Britain since 1945, Jon Stratton and Nabeel Zuberi, eds. NABMSA: North American British Music Studies Association Reviews 2.2  (2015)

Fugitive Empire: Locating Early American Imperialism, by Andy Doolen, and To Be Suddenly White: Literary Realism and Racial Passing by Steven J. Belluscio. American Literature 79.3 (2007)

The Twilight of the Middle Class: Post-World War II American Fiction and White-Collar Work by Andrew Hoberek. South Atlantic Review 72.4 (2007)

Performing Whiteness: Postmodern Re/Constructions in the Cinema, by Gwendolyn Audrey Foster. MELUS: Multiethnic Literature of the United States 29.2 (2004)

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

The Perils of Disembodied Readership.” Review of American Dream, American Nightmare: Fiction since 1960 by Kathryn Hume and Violence in the Contemporary American Novel by James R. Giles. MFS (Modern Fiction Studies) 47.4 (2001)



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