Tim Ryan

Tim Ryan

Tim Ryan

Associate Professor

Acting Director of Graduate Studies

20th Century American Literature & Culture, Modernism, African American Literature, Southern Studies

Office: RH 227
Email: tryan@niu.edu

Educational Background

Ph.D. University of Nevada, Reno; 2004
M.A. University of Nevada, Reno; 2000
B.A. University of Reading, England; 1993

Professional Interests

Modernist Literature and Culture, African American Literature, Southern Literature, William Faulkner, Zora Neale Hurston, Hollywood Cinema of the 1930s & 1940s, Blues/Jazz/ Country/Popular Music 1920-1950, American Slavery.

Selected Publications


Yoknapatawpha Blues: Faulkner’s Fiction and Southern Roots Music. Baton Rouge: Louisiana
State UP, 2015. Forthcoming.

Calls and Responses: The American Novel of Slavery since Gone With the Wind. Baton Rouge:
Louisiana State UP, 2008.
Winner of the Jules & Frances Landry Award

Articles and Book Chapters

“‘A Little Music Aint About the Nicest Thing a Fellow Can Have’: William Faulkner, As I Lay Dying,
and Country Songs.” Forthcoming in Mississippi Quarterly.

“‘Go to Jail About This Spoonful’: Narcotic Determinism and Human Agency in ‘That Evening Sun’
and ‘A Spoonful Blues.’” Faulkner and the Black Literatures of the Americas. Jackson: UP of Mississippi, 2015. Forthcoming.

“‘The Matter with Your Line’: Gender, Sexual, and Racial Politics in Charley Patton’s ‘Pony
Blues.’” Journal of American Culture 38.1 (March 2015). Forthcoming.

“‘The Faint Plinking of a Guitar’: Faulkner’s Forgotten Bluesman and the Power of Vernacular
Culture in If I Forget Thee, Jerusalem.” Faulkner Journal 27.1 (Spring 2013): 1-25.

“‘A Whole Family of Hurstons’: Black and White Kinship in Zora Neale Hurston’s Family
Narratives.” Critical Insights: Family. Ed. John V. Knapp. Ipswich, Massachusetts: Salem P, 2013. 247-64.

“Designs Against Tara: Frances Gaither’s The Red Cock Crows and Other Counternarratives to
Gone with the Wind.” Mississippi Quarterly 59.2 (Spring 2006): 243-69.