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Name: Tim Ryan
Title: Assistant Professor
Department: English
Office Phone: 815-753-3236
Home Phone: 815-751-8054
E-mail: tryan@niu.edu
Expertise: My scholarship explores the intersections of African American, Modernist, and Southern literature and culture, emphasizing intertextual, interdisciplinary, and interracial dialogue. I have particular expertise in William Faulkner, Blues and popular music 1920-1960, novels about American slavery, and Zora Neale Hurston. Books Yoknapatawpha Blues: Faulkner’s Fiction and the Music of the Mississippi Delta. Forthcoming. Calls and Responses: The American Novel of Slavery since Gone With the Wind. Baton Rouge: Louisiana State UP, 2008. Winner of the Jules and Frances Landry Award. Articles and Book Chapters I have published articles on Mississippi author William Faulkner, blues singer Charley Patton, African American novelist Zora Neale Hurston, and crime-writer James Ellroy in such publications as Journal of American Culture, Faulkner Journal, and Mississippi Quarterly. Conference Presentations I have given presentations on William Faulkner’s fiction and blues songs by Charley Patton, Robert Johnson, and Howlin’ Wolf at such venues as the University of Mississippi’s Faulkner and Yoknapatawpha Conference (2008 & 2013), the Faulkner and Morrison Conference (2010), and the Society for the Study of Southern Literature at the MLA (2009). I have given presentations on the depiction of American slavery in historical novels by Toni Morrison, Octavia Butler, and Edward P. Jones at such venues as the 21st-Century Novel Conference (2005) and the Borders & Boundaries Colloquium (2005). Courses Taught at NIU Masterpieces of American Literature American Literature 1920-1960 American Literature 1960-Present The American Novel Topics in Literature—Visions of the South African American Literature Topics in Literature—Carson McCullers—The Complete Works Topics in Literature—Faulkner and the Literature of the Modern South
Topics: Literature
Last Updated: 3/13/2013