Timothy K. August is an Associate Professor of English at Stony Brook University.
He received his Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from the University of Minnesota.
He specializes in critical refugee studies, diasporic Vietnamese literature, World
Literature, theories of food and eating, and Asian American studies.
His first book,
The Refugee Aesthetic: Reimagining Southeast Asian America, investigates why a number of Southeast Asian American authors have recently embraced
the refugee identity as a transformative position. Arguing that aesthetics should
be central to the conceptualization of critical refugee studies, he shows how representational
structures can galvanize or marginalize refugees, depending upon how refugee aesthetics
are used and circulated.
He has also co-edited a special issue of the
Canadian Review of American Studies, titled, "Vietnam, War, and the Global Imagination.” Other recent publications have
MELUS: Multi-Ethnic Literature of the U.S.; The Journal of Commonwealth Literature;
Television & New Media;
The Oxford Encyclopedia of Asian American Literature and Culture; and the
Global Asian American Popular Cultures anthology.
He teaches classes in Asian American Literature, Refugee Literature and Film, World
Literature, Television Studies, and Postcolonial Literature.
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