Tobias Wilson-Bates

Visiting Lecturer

Member Of:
  • School of Literature, Media, and Communication
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Tobias Wilson-Bates examines novels as participating both conceptually and materially in the techno-cultural discourses that shaped the nineteenth century. At the center of his work is the concept of the "time machine," an idea he reads as emerging from the combination of narrative modes with assumptions of scientific and technological objectivity. His dissertation traces this idea from early-century thinkers like Mary Shelley and Charles Babbage to the mass implementation of standard time and universal education that made possible HG Wells's infamous machine. His work on temporality and mechanization has appeared in Victorian Studies (Spring 2015), Dickens Studies Annual (Summer 2016), Acta Neophilologica (Fall 2018), and is forthcoming in Victoriographies (Spring 2019).

  • PhD in English, University of California, Davis
  • MA in English, University of Pittsburgh
  • BA in English, St. Mary's College of Maryland
Areas of
  • Children's Literature
  • Digital Pedagogy
  • Education
  • History Of Technology
  • Narratology
  • Romanticism
  • Temporality
  • The Novel
  • Victorian Literature And Culture
Research Fields:
  • WCP Lecturers
  • ENGL-1101: English Composition I
  • ENGL-1102: English Composition II
  • LMC-3304: Science, Tech & Gender
  • LMC-4701: US Rsch Proposal Writing
  • LMC-4702: US Rsch Thesis Writing