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EIU Department of English


Tim Engles, Professor of English

Office: 3831 - Coleman Hall
Spring Office Hours: 12:30 - 1:30 & 3:15 - 4:45, Tues/Thurs and by appointment

Tim Engles teaches courses in 
multicultural and contemporary American literature, as well as a variety of writing courses.  He is the author ofWhite Male Nostalgia in Contemporary North American Literature and co-editor of Approaches to Teaching DeLillo's White Noise and Critical Approaches to Don DeLilloHis scholarship has also 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 Literature (in press; Palgrave Macmillan) 

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)

"'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 in the Atlantic World." 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)

"'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)

Book Chapters
"'I'm Sure You Must Be Somebody': White Masculinity in Don DeLillo's Americana andWhite Noise." Don DeLillo: Contemporary Critical Perspectives. Edited by Katherine Da Cunha Lewin and Kiron Ward. Bloomsbury (2018)

"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)

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

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

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 (Winter 2017)

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

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 (Fall 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)

“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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