Lynn, Thomas Jay

Dr. Lynn with students in NYC
Associate Professor of English
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Dr. Thomas Jay Lynn is Associate Professor of English at Penn State Berks in the Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences Division. His teaching and scholarly interests include postcolonial, world, and ancient literature, and the music of the Beatles. Tom began teaching at Penn State Berks in 1999, is a Global Studies faculty member, and coordinates and advises in the Associate Degree in Letters, Arts, and Sciences. Tom's book, Chinua Achebe and the Politics of Narration: Envisioning Language, was published in 2017 by Palgrave Macmillan, and his writing on African literature has been published in several books and in numerous refereed journals. Tom was elected in 2020 to the Northeast Modern Language Association Board of Directors to serve a three-year appointment as the British and Anglophone Studies Area Director.

Chinua Achebe and the Politics of Narration: Envisioning Language - Palgrave Macmillan, 2017:


“‘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.


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