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Timothy R Morris

Name

[Morris, Timothy R]
  • Professor, English

Biography

Tim Morris's essays and columns have appeared in many journals, including Gastronomica, Copia, Southwest Review, Arizona Quarterly, Raritan, here, SportsJones, American Literature, and The American Scholar.  He is the author of the book-review website lection and of the Guide to Baseball Fiction.  His hobbies include piano, travel, cooking, and following the Texas Rangers.  He lives in Arlington, Texas.

Professional Preparation

    • 1983 Ph.D. in EnglishPrinceton University
    • 1979 BA (magna cum laude) in EnglishMichigan State University

Appointments

    • Aug 2001 to Present Professor
      University of Texas at Arlington
    • June 1995 to July 2001 Assoc Prof
      University of Texas at Arlington
    • Aug 1990 to May 1995 Assist Professor
      University of Texas at Arlington
    • Aug 1988 to May 1990 Visiting Assistant Professor
      University of Texas at Arlington
    • Jan 1987 to May 1988 Visiting Assistant Professor
      Fordham University
    • Sept 1983 to Dec 1986 Instructor
      Rutgers
    • Sept 1983 to May 1984 Instructor
      Bryn Mawr College
    • Sept 1981 to May 1983 Assistant in Instruction
      Princeton University

Memberships

  • Membership
    • May 1994 to Present Sport Literature Association

Awards and Honors

    • May  1979 Phi Beta Kappa sponsored by Michigan State University

News Articles

    • Oct 2012 Hermanns Lecture Series lecturers aim to provoke thought on memory

      The Rudolph Hermanns Lecture Series will present five writers from across the country.

      Tim Morris, Lisa Fain, Alex Lemon and brothers Davy and Peter Rothbart will each read or perform, in Peter Rothbart’s case, from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the University Center Rio Grande Ballroom.

Publications

      Conference Paper 2016
      • "Trapped in the Office: Dürrenmatt, Bärlach, and the Commissaire Novel," Crime Fiction Here and There: Time and Space, Gdansk, Poland, September 2016

        {Conference Paper }

      Journal Article 2016
      • "Living Memory," Aethlon 32 (Fall 2014 / Winter 2015, published December 2016): 143-151.

        {Journal Article }

      Book Chapter 2015
      • "Magnane as Translator," in Georges Magnane: La plume et le sport, ed. Thomas Bauer. Reims: EPURE, 2015. 335-345.

        {Peer Reviewed }

      Conference Paper 2014
      • "Sport in The Walking Dead," Sport Literature Association, Cranbrook BC, June 2014

        {Peer Reviewed }

      Book Chapter 2014
      • "Grandmeals," in Trash Told Tales: An Anthology of White Trash Literature, eds. Vicki Sapp and William Matthew McCarter. Fat Daddy's Farm, 2014.

        {Peer Reviewed }

      Conference Paper 2013
      • "Running Away and Hiding in the Bathroom: Sport in the Novels of Jean-Philippe Toussaint," Sport Literature Association, Long Branch NJ, June 2013

        {Conference Paper }

      Book Review 2012
      • Review of Cristanne Miller, Reading in Time: Emily Dickinson in the Nineteenth Century, The Emily Dickinson Journal 21.2 (2012): 108-110.

        {Book Review }
      2012
      • Review of Susan Honeyman, Consuming Agency in Fairy Tales, Childlore, and Folkliterature, Gastronomica (Spring 2012): 117-118.

        {Book Review }

      Conference Paper 2012
      • "Living Memory," South Central Modern Language Association, San Antonio TX, November 2012

        {Conference Paper }
      2012
      • "Small Balls, Beset Manhood: John Feinstein's Golf Books," Sport Literature Association, Springfield MA, June 2012

        {Conference Paper }

      Book Review 2011
      • Review of Simpson et al, eds., The Civil War: The First Year Told by Those Who Lived It, Wilson Quarterly 35.3 (Summer 2011): 102-103.

        {Book Review }

      Conference Paper 2011
      • "Anosmia," South Central Modern Language Association, Hot Springs AR, October 2011

        {Conference Paper }
      2011
      • "21st-Century Baseball Fiction: Where (or, Whither?)," Sport Literature Association, Orono ME, June 2011

        {Conference Paper }

      Book Review 2010
      • Review of Brett Friedlander and Robert Reising, Chasing Moonlight, NINE: A Journal of Baseball History and Culture 18:2 (Spring 2010): 162-164.

        {Book Review }

      Conference Paper 2010
      • "The Cultural Work of Baseball Joe," Sport Literature Association, Williamsport PA, June 2010

        {Conference Paper }

      Book Review 2009
      • Review of John C. Skipper, Charlie Gehringer, NINE: A Journal of Baseball History and Culture 18:1 (Fall 2009): 164-166.

        {Book Review }

      Conference Paper 2009
      • Morris, Timothy. The Nerves of the Novel: Sport in Lolita. Sport Literature Association, London ON. June 2009.

        {Conference Paper }

      Book Chapter 2008
      • "Auntie Gus Felled It New," in A Companion to Emily Dickinson, eds. Martha Nell Smith and Mary Loeffelholz. Malden, MA: Blackwell, 2008. 281-287.
        {Book Chapter }
      2008
      • Morris, Timothy. "The Friendly Confines of Prose: Chicago Cubs in Fiction." Northsiders: Essays on the History and Culture of the Chicago Cubs. Ed. Gerald C. Wood and Andrew Hazucha. Jefferson, NC: McFarland, 2008. 126-133.
        {Book Chapter }

      Lecture/Speech 2008
      • Morris, Timothy. Dickinson: The First American Metaphysical Poet. Montgomery County Literary Arts Council "Writers in Performance" series event. The Woodlands, TX. 4 December 2008.
        {Lecture/Speech }

      Journal Article 2008
      • Morris, Timothy. "Shiloh in Fiction." The Journal of American Culture 31.3 (2008): 283-292.
        {Journal Article }

      Book Review 2008
      • Review of Kim Sunée, Trail of Crumbs, Gastronomica (Spring 2008): 99-100.

        {Book Review }
      2008
      • Review of Ann Vileisis, Kitchen Literacy, Wilson Quarterly 32.2 (Spring 2008): 100-101.

        {Book Review }

      Conference Paper 2008
      • Morris, Timothy. Mark Harris's It Looked Like For Ever. Mark Harris memorial panel discussion, Sport Literature Association. Johnson City, TN. June 2008.

        {Conference Paper }

      Book Review 2007
      • Review of Massimo Montanari, Food Is Culture, Wilson Quarterly 31.1 (Winter 2007): 102.

        {Book Review }

      Conference Paper 2007
      • "Mark Harris's It Looked Like For Ever," Mark Harris memorial panel discussion, Sport Literature Association, Johnson City TN, June 2008

        {Conference Paper }

      Conference Paper 2006
      • Morris, T. (2006, November). Clicking on Dickinson: The Poet on the Unofficial Web. Paper presented at Emily Dickinson International Society panel, Society for the Study of American Women Writers, Philadelphia PA.
        {Conference Paper }
      2006
      • Morris, T. (2006, October). Race, Sex, Region, and History in Richard Peck's River Between Us. Paper presented at South Central Modern Language Association, Dallas, TX.
        {Conference Paper }
      2006
      • Morris, T. (2006, June). The Friendly Confines of Prose: Chicago Cubs in Fiction. Paper presented at Sport Literature Association, Arcata, CA.
        {Conference Paper }

      Conference Paper 2005
      • Morris, T., "Beyond the Restaurant Review: The Future of Food Writing," NonfictioNow, Iowa City IA, 2005.
        {Conference Paper }
      2005
      • Morris, T., "Diverse Voices in American Sport Literature," American Literature Association, Boston MA, 2005.
        {Conference Paper }
      2005
      • Morris, T. (2005, June). Metaphor, Memory, and Prolepsis: Young Adult Civil War Sport Fiction. Paper presented at Sport Literature Association, Ames, IA.
        {Conference Paper }
      2005
      • Morris, T. (2005, April). Constructing the Modern through Prehistory: La guerre du feu. Paper presented at Cultural Constructions, Arlington, TX.
        {Conference Paper }

      Book Review 2005
      • Blume, Donald T. Rev. of Tales of Soldiers and Civilians, by Ambrose Bierce. The Ambrose Bierce Project Journal 2005.
        {Book Review }
      2005
      • Morris, Timothy. Rev. of This Great Battlefield of Shiloh, by Timothy B. Smith. Wilson Quarterly 2005: 123-124.
        {Book Review }

      Journal Article 2005
      • Morris, Timothy. "Land, Growing Up With Baseball and Bullock, Playing for Their Nation." Sport History Review 36.1 (2005): 76-78.
        {Journal Article }

      Conference Paper 2004
      • Morris, T., "Organizer and moderator: memorial panel on George Plimpton," Sport Literature Association, Williamsport PA, 2004.
        {Conference Paper }

      Book Review 2004
      • Morris, Timothy. Rev. of Ring around the Bases, by Bruccoli. Aethlon 2004: 113-114.
        {Book Review }
      2004
      • Morris, Timothy. Rev. of A Historical Guide to Emily Dickinson, by Vivian Pollak. The Emily Dickinson Journal 2004: 116-118.
        {Book Review }
      2004
      • Morris, Timothy. Rev. of Dead Balls and Double Curves, by Strecker. Aethlon 2004: 208-209.
        {Book Review }

      Journal Article 2004
      • Morris, Timothy. "Suds." The American Scholar/A Notable Essay of 2003 (Best American Essays 2004) 72.3 (2004): 55-63.
        {Journal Article }
      2004
      • Morris, Timothy. "Breakfast." Gastronomica 3.3 (2004): 67-71.
        {Journal Article }
      2004
      • Morris, Timothy. "Out on the Island." The American Scholar 73.4 (2004): 119-121.
        {Journal Article }
      2004
      • Morris, Timothy. "Legoland." English Studies Forum 1.3 (2004).
        {Journal Article }

      Conference Paper 2003
      • Morris, T., "Fictional Fantasy, Fantastic Sport: The Case of Quidditch," Sport Literature Association, Springfield MA, 2003.
        {Conference Paper }
      2003
      • Morris, T., "Shifting Secrets in Burnett's Surly Tim (1877)," Frances Hodgson Burnett: Beyond the Secret Garden, Fresno CA, 2003.
        {Conference Paper }
      2003
      • Morris, T., "'Shoulder to Shoulder': 19th-Century American Women Writers and Their Portraits of Egalitarian Marriage," Friday Symposium, Dallas Baptist University, Dallas TX, 2003.
        {Conference Paper }

      Book Review 2003
      • Morris, Timothy. Rev. of Perfect Silence, by Jeff Hutton. Aethlon 2003: 189-190.
        {Book Review }

      Journal Article 2003
      • Morris, Timothy. "New, Improved Hydrogen & Oxygen!." Topic 4 (2003): 85-89.
        {Journal Article }

      Conference Paper 2002
      • Morris, T., "Seabiscuit? Come on . . .," Sport Literature Association, London, ON, 2002.
        {Conference Paper }

      Book Review 2002
      • Morris, Timothy. Rev. of Baseball: A History of America's Game, by Benjamin G. Rader. Aethlon 2002: 134.
        {Book Review }

      Journal Article 2002
      • Morris, Timothy. "Bearing Arms." The American Scholar 71.2 (2002): 33-48.
        {Journal Article }

      Book Review 2001
      • Morris, Timothy. "Book review column at www.baseballspot.org." . 2001.
        {Book Review }

      Popular Press Article 2001
      • Morris, Timothy. "Baseball Contraction." Fort Worth Business Press 16 Nov. 2001: 2-3.
        {Popular Press Article }
      2001
      • "How I'd Fix Baseball." LeftField 2001: 9.
        {Popular Press Article }
      2001
      • Morris, Timothy. "The Money They Deserve." LeftField 2001: 10.
        {Popular Press Article }
      2001
      • Morris, Timothy. "Outside Baseball." SportsJones 2001.
        {Popular Press Article }

      Journal Article 2001
      • Morris, Timothy. "Gray Water Rafting." Here (2001): 6-11.
        {Journal Article }
      2001
      • Morris, Timothy. "Driving Myself Sane." The American Scholar 70.2 (2001): 39-48.
        {Journal Article }

      Book Review 2000
      • Morris, Timothy. Rev. of Touching Base, by Steven A. Riess. Aethlon 2000: 176-177.
        {Book Review }

      Popular Press Article 2000
      • Morris, Timothy. "All Spoken For." LeftField 2000: 14-15.
        {Popular Press Article }

      Journal Article 2000
      • Morris, Timothy. "You're Only Young Twice: Adults, Children, Power, Culture." The Writer's Chronicle 32.6 (2000): 38-42.
        {Journal Article }
      2000
      • Morris, Timothy. "Cooped Up." Southwest Review 85.4 (2000): 580-597.
        {Journal Article }
      2000
      • Morris, Timothy. "My Supermarket." The American Scholar 69.1 (2000): 37-48.
        {Journal Article }

      Book 2000
      • Morris, Timothy. You're Only Young Twice: Children's Literature and Film. Urbana and Chicago: University of Illinois Press, 2000.
        {Book }

      Book Review 1999
      • Morris, Timothy. Rev. of The Emily Dickinson Encyclopedia/The Emily Dickinson Handbook. LEGACY 1999: 203-204.
        {Book Review }
      1999
      • Morris, Timothy. Rev. of Herzog, You're Missin' a Great Game, Morgan, Long Balls, No Strikes, and Paisner, The Ball. SportsJones December 1999.
        {Book Review }
      1999
      • Morris, Timothy. Rev. of Owning a Piece of the Minors, by Jerry Klinkowitz. SportsJones 20 May 1999.
        {Book Review }

      Journal Article 1999
      • Morris, Timothy. "Getting the Mail." Here 2 (1999): 3-9.
        {Journal Article }
      1999
      • Morris, Timothy. "The Franklin Edition of Dickinson: Is That All There Is?." The Emily Dickinson Journal 8.2 (1999): 1-9.
        {Journal Article }
      1999
      • Morris, Timothy. "Bill Bradley's Rhetoric of Loss." Aethlon 17.1 (1999): 67-80.
        {Journal Article }

      Book Review 1998
      • Morris, Timothy. Rev. of Inflections of the Pen, by Paul Crumbley. LEGACY 1998: 225-226.
        {Book Review }
      1998
      • Morris, Timothy. Rev. of Baseball on the Border, by Alan Klein. Aethlon 1998: 207-208.
        {Book Review }
      1998
      • Morris, Timothy. Rev. of Brooklyn's Dodgers, by Carl Prince. Aethlon 1998: 222-223.
        {Book Review }

      Journal Article 1998
      • Morris, Timothy. "Puzzlement." The American Scholar 67.4 (1998): 113-123.
        {Journal Article }

      Book Review 1997
      • Morris, Timothy. Rev. of Meter in English, by David Baker. Style 1997: 552-555.
        {Book Review }

      Journal Article 1997
      • Morris, Timothy. "Returning to the Hardy Boys." Raritan 16.3 (1997): 123-142.
        {Journal Article }
      1997
      • Morris, Timothy. "Dickinson's Arctic." The Emily Dickinson Journal 6.1 (1997): 89-108.
        {Journal Article }
      1997
      • Morris, Timothy. "'My thought is undressed': Some Theoretical Implications of the Texts of Dickinson's Poems." Resources for American Literary Study 20 (1997): 196-212.
        {Journal Article }

      Book 1997
      • Morris, Timothy. Making the Team: The Cultural Work of Baseball Fiction. University of Illinois Press: Urbana and Chicago, 1997.
        {Book }

      Book Review 1996
      • Morris, Timothy. Rev. of Great Time Coming/The Lip/Baseball with a Latin Beat, by David Falkner/Gerald Eskenazi/Peter C. Bjarkman. Aethlon 1996: 224-226.
        {Book Review }
      1996
      • Morris, Timothy. Rev. of Scheming Women, by Cynthia Hogue. Style 1996: 178-180.
        {Book Review }
      1996
      • Morris, Timothy. Rev. of Ground Rules: Baseball and Myth, by Deeanne Westbrook. Studies in American Fiction 1996: 254-255.
        {Book Review }

      Book Review 1995
      • Morris, Timothy. Rev. of Standard Deviations: Chance and the Modern British Novel, by Leland Monk. Studies in the Novel 1995: 584-586.
        {Book Review }
      1995
      • Morris, Timothy. Rev. of Feminist Measures, by Lynn Keller and Cristanne Miller. Style 1995: 500-503.
        {Book Review }
      1995
      • Morris, Timothy. Rev. of Redefining the Political Novel, by Sharon M. Harris. Studies in American Fiction 1995: 246-247.
        {Book Review }
      1995
      • Morris, Timothy. Rev. of Effa Manley and the Newark Eagle/Turkey Stearnes and the Detroit Stars/ust Call Me Minnie, by James Overmyer/Richard Bak/Minnie Minoso with Herb Fagen. Aethlon: The Journal of Sport Literature 1995: 170-172.
        {Book Review }

      Journal Article 1995
      • Morris, Timothy. "'A Glorious Solution': Gender, Families, Relationships, and the Civil War Story." Arizona Quarterly 51.1 (1995): 61-79.
        {Journal Article }
      1995
      • Morris, Timothy. "'Forget it means fuck it': Hispanic Stereotypes in Baseball Fiction." Aethlon: The Journal of Sport Literature 12.2 (1995): 63-70.
        {Journal Article }

      Book 1995
      • Morris, Timothy. Becoming Canonical in American Poetry. University of Illinois Press: Urbana and Chicago, 1995.
        {Book }

      Book Review 1994
      • Morris, Timothy. Rev. of The Ghost of Meter, by Annie Finch. Style 1994: 125-127.
        {Book Review }

      Journal Article 1994
      • Morris, Timothy. "Bryant and the American Poetic Tradition." ATQ 8.1 (1994): 53-70.
        {Journal Article }
      1994
      • Morris, Timothy. "Marianne Moore (Not) at the Polo Grounds." ANQ 7 (1994): 88-90.
        {Journal Article }

      Anthology Work/Essay 1994
      • Morris, Timothy. "Elizabeth Stoddard: An Examination of Her Work as Pivot Between Exploratory Fiction and the Modern Short Story." American Women Short Story Writers: A Collection of Critical Essays. Eds. Brown, Julie. New York: Garland, 1994. 33-44.
        {Anthology Work/Essay }

      Conference Paper 1993
      • Morris, T., "The Anti-modernism of Marianne Moore's 'Baseball and Writing'," English in Texas, 1993, pp. 24-26.
        {Conference Paper }

      Journal Article 1993
      • Morris, Timothy. "Professional Ethics and Professional Erotics in Elizabeth Stuart Phelps's Doctor Zay." Studies in American Fiction 21 (1993): 141-152.
        {Journal Article }

      Book Review 1992
      • Morris, Timothy. Rev. of Positive as Sound, by Judy Jo Small. Style 1992: 348-351.
        {Book Review }

      Book Chapter 1991
      • Morris, Timothy. ""Richard B. Sewall," Dictionary of Literary Biography 111." American Literary Biographers (Second Series). Ed. Steven Serafin. Detroit: Gale, 1991. 241-251.
        {Book Chapter }

      Journal Article 1990
      • Morris, Timothy. "The Dialogic Universe of Middlemarch." Studies in the Novel 22 (1990): 282-295.
        {Journal Article }
      1990
      • Morris, Timothy. "Shakespeare's Othello." The Explicator 48 (1990): 238.
        {Journal Article }

      Book Review 1989
      • Morris, Timothy. Rev. of Emily Dickinson's Reception in the 1890s, by Willis J. Buckingham. Analytical & Enumerative Bibliography 1989: 197-201.
        {Book Review }

      Journal Article 1988
      • Morris, Timothy. "The Development of Dickinson's Style." American Literature 60 (1988): 26-41.
        {Journal Article }

      Journal Article 1987
      • Morris, Timothy. "Ambrose Bierce, Un-American: 'Oil of Dog' as an Anti-Capitalist Parable." The Markham Review 16 (1987): 35-37.
        {Journal Article }

      Journal Article 1985
      • Morris, Timothy. "The Free-Rhyming Poetry of Emerson and Dickinson." Essays in Literature 12 (1985): 225-240.
        {Journal Article }

Courses

      • ENGL 4399-002 Shakespeare in Performance

        In this course we will read and study intensively a number of the best-known plays of Shakespeare.  Each student will have primary responsibility for one play.  The focus of student research will be on the stage (and screen and adaptation) history of their primary play, with particular attention to how performance inflects the interpretation and significance of Shakespeare's texts.

        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2016 Download Syllabus Contact info & Office Hours
      • ENGL 4326-001 SHAKESPEARE

        This is an upper-division undergraduate course on Shakespeare.

        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2016 Download Syllabus Contact info & Office Hours
      • ENGL 3340-001 History of American Literature
        This section of 3340, American Literary History, will examine four complexes of problems in writing of the United States, defined by pairs of opposites: Country & City, Black & White, Crime & Virtue, and Reality & Fantasy.
        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2013 Download Syllabus
      • ENGL 3361-001 History of World Literature I
        This section of 3361, World Literary History I, will examine four vast periods of the literary history of the West: Classical Greece, Classical Rome, the Middle Ages, and the Early Modern Period.
        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2013 Download Syllabus
      • ENGL 2384-003 Structure of Modern English
        This section of 2384, Structure of Modern English, will examine the morphology, phonology, syntax, and pragmatics of the English Language via an inductive and comparative approach.
        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2013 Download Syllabus
      • ENGL 3361-002 History of World Literature I

        This section of 3361, World Literary History I, will examine four vast periods of the literary history of the West: Classical Greece, Classical Rome, the Middle Ages, and the Early Modern Period.

        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2013 Download Syllabus Contact info & Office Hours
      • ENGL 3361-001 History of World Literature I
        This section of 3361, World Literary History I, will examine four vast periods of the literary history of the West: Classical Greece, Classical Rome, the Middle Ages, and the Early Modern Period.
        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2013 Download Syllabus
      • ENGL 3300-002 Baseball & Writing
        This course presents some major texts in American baseball literature, and encourages students to reflect on the theoretical connections between sport, art, and verbal discourse.  Students who successfully complete this course will have written several academic papers comparing primary and secondary texts in sport studies, and completed a collaborative cultural-studies project on the significance of Jackie Robinson in American culture.
        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2009 Download Syllabus 1 Link
      • ENGL 1301-001 Critical Thinking, Reading, and Writing I
        This is an introductory course in rhetoric. We will study Abraham Lincoln's Gettysburg Address and other classic texts of American public rhetoric. Our focus this semester will be on epideictic texts (speeches on public occasions, especially funeral oratory) and expository texts (those that explain a situation or a dynamic, or the development thereof).
        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2006 Download Syllabus 1 Link
      • ENGL 2329-001 American Literature
        This is a course in reading and critiquing American literature. Our main interest this semester is in seeing how American writers over the past centuries have depicted their sense of American history.
        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2006 Download Syllabus 1 Link
      • ENGL 5326-001 American Civil War
        ENGL 5326, Fall 2006, is a seminar-style graduate course on historical fiction about the American Civil War. You will get the most out of the course if you come to it with some basic knowledge of, and interest in, American history and American fiction. If 5326 is your first exposure at the graduate level to American literature, you will still get something out of the course, naturally, but it will be perhaps an initially confusing experience.
        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2006 Download Syllabus 1 Link