Professor Literature (19th Century British, Romanticism)
Professor Tim Wandling is currently the Graduate Advisor and has been a Literature faculty member of the department since completing his doctorate at Stanford in 1997, on Byron, “Transgressive Eloquence,” and 19th Century theories about reading. He has presented or published papers on Lord Byron, Thomas Hardy, J.S. Mill, and the teaching of Social Protest literature. His scholarly interests include Romantic and Victorian literature, Frankfurt School critical theory, socialist feminism, utopian and social protest literature of all sorts, and the New Women literature of the late 19th c.
Professor Wandling is passionate about curricular development. He has been active in developing new curriculum both within and without the department, leading campus efforts to create innovate first-year courses. He was a founding faculty for the Freshman Year Experience, and has taught or served as its coordinator for seven years. He has fostered curricular change within the department and across the school, especially in re-aligning course offerings for 4—unit courses and rethinking the school’s general education offerings. He has also served as a Faculty Fellow in service-learning pedagogy for the campus’ community engagement center, sharing his enthusiasm for that practice with colleagues across the campus. He is currently the coordinator for the campus’ interdisciplinary course and lecture series on issues of War and Peace.
His teaching interests include the Romantic poets and writers, especially Byron and Mary and Percy Shelley, Emily Brontë, Thomas Hardy, and James Joyce. He offers graduate and undergraduate courses on 19th century writers in the context of class, gender and/or aestheticism. He also offers courses in literary analysis, modern critical theory, California and world literature, and composition. True to his love of curricular innovation, he is currently piloting and teaching a year-long survey course that blends British and American literary history from Beowulf to the 20th century. Like his favorite writers, he also loves nature.