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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. 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, and his current book project is White Male Nostalgia in Contemporary North American Literature. 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" 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"

Multicultural American Literatures (3705)

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

Selected Publications

White Male Nostalgia in Contemporary North American Literature. (in press; Palgrave Macmillan) 

"'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 (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)

"'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)

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)

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