Tobias Wilson-Bates

Tobias Wilson-Bates is an assistant professor in the English department at Georgia Gwinnett College. He researches the technological and narrative history of Time as a means of understanding how industrialization changed the storytelling practices of the nineteenth century. He is especially interested in the ecological impacts of the global standardization of time in relation to transportation, extraction, and communication. He has published on the temporality of education, time travel in anime, illustrations of clocks in Dickens, and Anthropocene time. His current book project on time machines and extraction is titled, Holes in Time


Conrad’s Dynamite Time

On February 15, 1894, a bomb went off in Greenwich Park near the Royal Observatory. The event set off a media frenzy that, thirteen years later, resulted in Joseph Conrad writing The Secret Agent (1907).