Philip Tsang

Contact Information

Philip Tsang
Position Assistant Professor
Office Location McMicken Hall Room 225E
Phone (513) 556-0925
Fax (513) 556-5960
Mail Location 0069


School Degree
University of Pennsylvania Ph.D. in English Literature (2014)

Professional Summary

Philip Tsang received his PhD in English from the University of Pennsylvania. His research and teaching interests include twentieth-century British, Irish, and Anglophone literatures, affect studies, and the legacy of empire. He is currently completing a book manuscript titled “The Obsolete Empire: Transgressive Belonging in Twentieth-Century British Literature,” which explores the ruptures and paradoxes of communal imagination in the work of Henry James, James Joyce, Doris Lessing, and V. S. Naipaul. A portion of the manuscript has appeared in the Henry James Review, and another piece on David Mitchell is forthcoming in NOVEL: A Forum on Fiction.

Research Interests

The Twentieth Century; Global English; Empire Studies; Affect Studies; Cosmopolitanism; Post-45 Literature; Transnational Methodologies.

Peer-reviewed Articles

“Allegory of the Global Anglophone: Interconnectedness and Sublimity in Cloud Atlas,” NOVEL: A Forum on Fiction (forthcoming).

 “A Transcription of Impressions: The American Scene and the Jamesian Aesthetics of Lateness,” The Henry James Review, 35 (2014): 295–306. 

Book Reviews

“Long Live the English Gentleman: Review of Praseeda Gopinath’s Scarecrows of Chivalry: English Masculinities after Empire,” Journal of Modern Literature, forthcoming in 40.3 (Spring 2017).

“Review of David Kurnick’s Empty Houses: Theatrical Failure and the Novel,” Textual Practice, Volume 26, Issue 4, 2012, 801-4.

 “Desecularizing Modernism: Review of Pericles Lewis’s Religious Experience and the Modernist Novel,” Journal of Modern Literature, Vol. 35, No. 1 (Fall 2011), 193-5.

Honors & Awards

Benjamin Franklin Fellowship, University of Pennsylvania, 2009-2014.