B.A., Boston College
Ph.D., Duke University
Office: Palamountain 307
Phone: (518) 580-8397
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
- 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 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.
- “An Epic of Atmosphere: Rebecca West, Black Lamb, and Reflex.” The Journal of Modern Literature 38.4 (2015).
- “The Aesthetics of Hunger: Knut Hamsun, Modernism, and Starvation’s Global Frame.” Novel: A Forum on Fiction (2015).
- “Automatic Modernism: D. H. Lawrence, Vitalism, and the Political Body.” Genre: Forms of Discourse and Culture 46.1 (2013).