Morris, Timothy



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Dr Morris teaches a wide range of courses and subjects in the English curriculum, with a particular focus on 19th and 20th century British and American Literature, Modernism, Poetry, Aesthetics and Hermeneutics. He is currently the Convener of the first-year modules 'Introduction to Literary Study' and 'Early Modern Literature', as well as courses in '19th Century American Literature' in year 3 and 'American Modernism' in year 4.


Dr Morris is the author of Wallace Stevens: Poetry and Criticism (Cambridge: Salt, 2006), concerned with tracing Stevens' relations to a range of contemporary aesthetics, philosophy, nature writing and with Stevens' own habits of composition. Following this, he has published on Abraham Cowley and Alexander Pope, with particular interest in the effects of public debates about privacy and secrecy on poetic composition. His current interests lie in the tracing of poetic/aesthetic and formal legacies in American poetry since Whitman, and in the formation of American cultures of audience and interpretation from the 1850s. He was the joint convener (with Prof. Andrew Roberts) of 'New Papers in Contemporary British and Irish Poetry', a conference for early-career researchers held at Dundee in March 2015, and edited the subsequent Special Edition published by the Journal of British and Irish Innovative Poetry


In addition to his critical work, Dr Morris has also published poetry including:

'Songs for a Court Singer', Seagate III (Discovery Press, 2016).

‘Great Street Checkout’, Brand Literary Magazine (2010), 43-44.

‘Deuce’, Bad Press Serials Version 5. ed. Jow Lindsay (London: Bad Press, 2007), pp. 4-6.

‘Bum Epic’, Bad Press Serials Version 1. ed. Jow Lindsay, Marianne Morris & Jonathan Stevenson (London: Bad Press, 2005), pp. 21-33.

‘From London, England’ and ‘Yogurt’, Poetry Review, Vol. 94 No. 4 (Winter 2005), pp. 49-50.

'Dramatis Personae’, Jacket 20, ed. John Tranter (December 2002).

The Day of the Hangings, illustrated by Will Kellar (privately printed, 2002). 

INSCRIPTIONS. Three poetry texts for collaborative exhibition with Tarvo Hanno Varres (photographer) and the Front Design Collective, Tallinna Linnagaleriis, Estonia, March 2000.

‘If You’re Going Anyway’ and ‘Antonin’, Cambridge Conference of Contemporary Poetry Review, ed. Kevin Nolan (Cambridge 2000).

Ex Nihilo (privately printed, 1999).

Two Poems (privately printed, 1999).

Diagnostic (Cambridge: Barque Press, 1999).

Research interests

Dr Morris is a member of Dundee's Centre for Critical and Creative Cultures and the Centre for Poetic Innovation (with the University of St. Andrews). 

He is interested in receiving correspondence from prospective research students in the areas of:

  • 19th and 20th century British and American Literature, especially poetry
  • Transatlantic Modernism
  • Contemporary Innovative Poetry
  • Poetry and Privacy/Secrecy

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy, The Longer Poetry of Wallace Stevens, University of Cambridge

Award Date: 1 Jan 2001

Master of Arts, University of Sussex

Award Date: 1 Jan 1995

Bachelor of Arts, Queen's University Belfast

Award Date: 1 Jan 1993


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