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EIU Department of English


Tim Engles, Professor of English

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

Office hours: 11:30 to 12:30 Tuesdays and Thursdays, and by appointment

Tim Engles teaches courses in contemporary and multicultural American literature, as well as a variety of writing courses. His primary research area is critical whiteness studies, and his scholarship has appeared in numerous journals, edited books and reference sources. He is 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. His book, 
White Male Nostalgia in Contemporary North American Literature, is in progress (Palgrave Macmillan).  

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" and "Comics as/versus Literature"

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

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

"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)

"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. Edited by John N. Duvall. 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. Edited by Tim Engles and John N. Duvall. 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)

"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.

(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.

(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.

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

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