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Skidmore College
English Department
Tim Wientzen

Tim Wientzen

Assistant Professor

B.A., Boston College
Ph.D., Duke University 

Office: Palamountain 307
Phone: (518) 580-8397

Curriculum Vitae

Teaching and Research Interests: 

  • Literary modernism in both British and global contexts
  • Science, materialism, and embodiment
  • History and theory of the novel
  • Contemporary Anglophone fiction
  • Science fiction and the environment

Courses Taught:

  • EN 105: Writing the Wind-Up World
  • EN 110: Intro to Literary Studies
  • EN 211: Fiction
  • EN 228: Science Fiction
  • EN 312: Modern British Novel
  • EN 363: England After Empire
  • EN 375: Senior Seminar: Ulysses: James Joyce and the Art of Everyday Life


Professor Wientzen is currently at work on a book entitled, Automatic: Literary Modernism and the Politics of Reflex. This book examines the relationship between modernist formal experimentation and twentieth-century scientific thinking about embodiment. Looking at the work of British writers such as D. H. Lawrence, Wyndham Lewis, Rebecca West and Samuel Beckett, Automatic situates modernist literary form in relation to contemporary discourses of reflex, including fields like public relations, physiology, vitalism, sociology, behaviorism, and propaganda. Automatic argues that British modernists responded to an emergent sense of modernity by understanding reflex as both a problem to be confronted through literary experience, as well as a potential solution to the political crises of the twentieth century.

Selected Publications: