Lynn, Thomas Jay

Associate Professor of English
610-396-6298
Mailing Address: 
117 Franco Building

Dr. Thomas Jay Lynn is Associate Professor of English at Penn State Berks. His scholarly and teaching interests include literature of Africa and the Diaspora, postcolonial literature, ancient literature, and folklore. Tom began teaching at Penn State Berks in 1999 and is a Global Studies faculty member. He also is Coordinator of, and advises in, the Associate Degree in Letters, Arts, and Sciences. Tom’s teaching experience includes five years as a secondary teacher at Greenhills School in Ann Arbor, where he taught English, geography, and history. Tom has volunteered with a variety of service groups and has led numerous book discussions through the Pennsylvania Humanities Council and the Reading Public Library.

Forthcoming Book:
Chinua Achebe and the Politics of Narration: Envisioning Language - Palgrave Macmillan UK, 2017.

Education: 
Ph.D., English, University of Arkansas
M.A., English, University of Michigan
M.S.W., Policy and Planning Concentration, University of Michigan
B.A., English, Clark University
Publications: 
“‘Redemption Song’: Slavery’s Disruption in Amos Tutuola’s My Life in the Bush of Ghosts.” English Studies in Africa. (Routledge - Taylor and Francis Group) 59.2 (2016): 54-63.
“Postcolonial Encounters Re-envisioned: Kojo Laing’s Woman of the Aeroplanes as Trickster Narrative.” Tradition and Change in Contemporary West and East African Fiction. Matatu 45 (2014). New York: Rodopi, 153-66.
“An Adequate Revolution: Achebe Writing Africa Anew.” Things Fall Apart. Ed. M. Keith Booker. Critical Insights. Pasadena, CA: Salem Press, 2011. 53-68.
“Catastrophe, Aftermath, Amnesia: Chinua Achebe’s ‘Civil Peace.’ ” Peace Research: The Canadian Journal of Peace and Conflict Studies 42.1-2 (2010): 73-88.
“Language and the Power of Subordination: Nigerian Pidgin in Achebe’s Fiction.” Journal of Commonwealth and Postcolonial Studies 12.2 (2005): 52-64.
“Tricksters Don’t Walk the Dogma: Nkem Nwankwo’s Danda.” College Literature 32.3 (2005): 1-20.
“Politics, Plunder, and Postcolonial Tricksters: Ousmane Sembène’s Xala.” International Journal of Francophone Studies 6.3 (2003): 183-96.