Tim Morris
Box 19035
University of Texas at Arlington
Arlington, Texas 76019




1983 Ph.D. English, Princeton University
1979 B.A. English, Michigan State University

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2001-present: Professor, University of Texas at Arlington
1995-2001: Associate Professor, University of Texas at Arlington
1990-95: Assistant Professor, University of Texas at Arlington
1988-90: Visiting Assistant Professor, University of Texas at Arlington
Jan. 1987-88: Visiting Assistant Professor, Fordham University, Bronx (NY)
1983-Dec. 1986: Instructor, Rutgers-New Brunswick (NJ)
1983-84: Instructor, Bryn Mawr College (PA)
1981-83: Assistant in Instruction, Princeton University (NJ)



You're Only Young Twice: Children's Literature and Film. Urbana and Chicago: University of Illinois Press, 2000.

Making the Team: The Cultural Work of Baseball Fiction. Urbana and Chicago: University of Illinois Press, 1997.

Becoming Canonical in American Poetry. Urbana and Chicago: University of Illinois Press, 1995. A Choice Outstanding Academic Book for 1996.

digital work

cid: academic and personal thoughts on detective-inspector novels: http://www.uta.edu/english/tim/cid (2016-present)

lection: book reviews in popular culture: http://www.uta.edu/english/tim/lection (2003-present)

the Guide to Civil War Novels, http://www.uta.edu/english/tim/civilwar (2005-2009)

the Guide to Baseball Fiction, http://www.uta.edu/english/tim/baseball (1998-present)

essays, articles and book chapters

"Bullfighting Fiction for Children," Aethlon 36.1 (Fall 2018 / Winter 2019, published 2020): 23-40.

"Photography, Bibliography, Digitality, Paradox," in David Arditi & Jennifer Miller, eds. The Dialectic of Digital Culture. Lanham: Lexington, 2019. 133-147.

"Living Memory," Aethlon 32 (Fall 2014 / Winter 2015, published 2017): 143-151.

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

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

"The Friendly Confines of Prose: Chicago Cubs in Fiction," in Northsiders: Essays on the History and Culture of the Chicago Cubs, eds. Gerald C. Wood and Andrew Hazucha. Jefferson, NC: McFarland, 2008. 126-133.

"Shiloh in Fiction," The Journal of American Culture 31.3 (Sept. 2008): 283-292.

"Auntie Gus Felled It New," in A Companion to Emily Dickinson, eds. Martha Nell Smith and Mary Loeffelholz. Malden, MA: Blackwell, 2008. 281-287.

"Goosebumps: What Was Series Fiction Doing in the 1990s?" in Children's Literature Review vol. 111 (Detroit: Thomson Gale, 2006): 142-156. Excerpted from You're Only Young Twice.

"Legoland,"English Studies Forum 1.3 (Fall 2004)

"Out on the Island," The American Scholar 73.4 (Autumn 2004): 119-121.

"New, Improved Hydrogen & Oxygen!" Topic 4 (2003): 85-89.

"Breakfast," Gastronomica 3.3 (Summer 2003): 67-71. Reprinted in Holly Hughes, ed., Best Food Writing 2004 (New York: Marlowe, 2004): 202-211.

"Suds," The American Scholar 72.3 (Summer 2003): 55-63. A Notable Essay of 2003 (cited, not reprinted in Best American Essays 2004).

"Branded," Copia 5.2 (2002): 10-13.

"Bearing Arms," The American Scholar 71.2 (Spring 2002): 33-48. A Notable Essay of 2002 (cited, not reprinted in Best American Essays 2003).

"Seabiscuit? Come on …" Aethlon 19.1 (Fall 2001): 79-91.

"Gray Water Rafting," here 5 (2001): 6-11.

"Driving Myself Sane," The American Scholar 70.2 (Spring 2001): 39-48.

"Cooped Up," Southwest Review 85.4 (Autumn 2000): 580-597.

"My Supermarket,"The American Scholar 69.1 (Winter 2000): 37-48. A Notable Essay of 2000 (cited, not reprinted in Best American Essays 2001).

"You're Only Young Twice: Adults, Children, Power, Culture," The Writer's Chronicle 32.6 (2000): 38-42. Excerpted from You're Only Young Twice.

"The Franklin Edition of Dickinson: Is That All There Is?" The Emily Dickinson Journal 8.2 (1999): 1-9.

"Bill Bradley's Rhetoric of Loss," Aethlon 17.1 (Fall 1999): 67-80.

"Getting the Mail," here 2 (1999): 3-9.

"Puzzlement," The American Scholar 67.4 (Autumn 1998): 113-123. A Notable Essay of 1998 (cited, not reprinted in Best American Essays 1999).

"Returning to the Hardy Boys," Raritan 16.3 (Winter 1997): 123-142.

"Dickinson's Arctic,"The Emily Dickinson Journal 6.1 (Winter 1997): 89-108.

"'Forget it means fuck it': Hispanic Stereotypes in Baseball Fiction," Aethlon: The Journal of Sport Literature 12.2 (1995): 63-70.

"'A Glorious Solution': Gender, Families, Relationships, and the Civil War Story," Arizona Quarterly 51.1 (1995): 61-79.

"Elizabeth Stoddard: An Examination of Her Work as Pivot Between Exploratory Fiction and the Modern Short Story," in American Women Short Story Writers: A Collection of Critical Essays. Ed. Julie Brown. New York: Garland, 1994. 33-44.

"'My thought is undressed': Some Theoretical Implications of the Texts of Dickinson's Poems," Resources for American Literary Study 20 (1994): 196-212. Reprinted in Texts and Textuality : Textual Instability, Theory, and Interpretation Ed. Philip Cohen. New York: Garland, 1997.

"Bryant and the American Poetic Tradition," ATQ 8.1 (1994): 53-70.

"Professional Ethics and Professional Erotics in Elizabeth Stuart Phelps's Doctor Zay," Studies in American Fiction 21 (1993): 141-152.

"Richard B. Sewall," Dictionary of Literary Biography 111, American Literary Biographers (Second Series). Ed. Steven Serafin. (Detroit: Gale, 1991): 241-251.

"The Dialogic Universe of Middlemarch," Studies in the Novel 22 (1990): 282-295.

"The Development of Dickinson's Style," American Literature 60 (1988): 26-41. Reprinted in On Dickinson: The Best From American Literature (Durham: Duke UP, 1990): 157-172.

"The Free-Rhyming Poetry of Emerson and Dickinson," Essays in Literature 12 (1985): 225-240.

notes and reviews

with Thomas Bauer (2019): Hemingway and sport: games, fights, and races, Sport in History, DOI: 10.1080/17460263.2019.1652032.

Review of John P. Carvalho, Frick*: Baseball's Third Commissioner, NINE: A Journal of Baseball History and Culture 24.1-2 (2015-16, published 2017): 240-242.

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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

"The SLA at 25 (Or, at Least, Its Last 14)," Aethlon 25.1 (Fall 2007 / Winter 2008): 3-6.

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

"Baseball Writer Tries to Make Sense of Cory Lidle's Death," WTOL-TV Toledo, OH, 12 October 2006.

Review of Donald T. Blume, Ambrose Bierce's Civilians and Soldiers in Context; and Blume, ed., Tales of Soldiers and Civilians by Ambrose Bierce, The Ambrose Bierce Project Journal 1.1 (Fall 2005)

Review of Land, Growing Up With Baseball and Bullock, Playing for Their Nation, Sport History Review 36.1 (May 2005): 76-78.

Review of Timothy B. Smith, This Great Battlefield of Shiloh, Wilson Quarterly 29.1 (Winter 2005): 123-124.

Review of Strecker, ed., Dead Balls and Double Curves, Aethlon 22.1 (Fall 2004): 208-209.

Review of Bruccoli, ed., Ring around the Bases, Aethlon 21.2 (Spring 2004): 113-114.

Review of Vivian Pollak, ed., A Historical Guide to Emily Dickinson, The Emily Dickinson Journal 13.2 (2004): 116-118.

Review of Jeff Hutton, Perfect Silence, Aethlon 20.2 (Spring 2003): 189-190.

Review of Benjamin G. Rader, Baseball: A History of America's Game, 2nd. edn., Aethlon 19.2 (Spring 2002): 134.

"Baseball Contraction," Fort Worth Business Press 14.30 (16 November 2001): 2-3.

"How I'd Fix Baseball," LeftField 5 (2001): 9.

"The Money They Deserve," LeftField 4 (2001): 10.

Book review column at www.baseballspot.org (2001-03)

"Outside Baseball" column for SportsJones (1998-2001)

Review of Steven A. Riess, Touching Base, Aethlon 17.2 (Spring 2000): 176-177.

"All Spoken For," LeftField 2 (2000): 14-15.

Review of Herzog, You're Missin' a Great Game, Morgan, Long Balls, No Strikes, and Paisner, The Ball, SportsJones 13 December 1999.

Review of Jerry Klinkowitz, Owning a Piece of the Minors, SportsJones 20 May 1999.

Review of The Emily Dickinson Encyclopedia (ed. Eberwein) and The Emily Dickinson Handbook (eds. Grabher, Hagenbüchle, Miller), LEGACY 16.2 (1999): 203-204.

Review of Alan Klein, Baseball on the Border, Aethlon 16.1 (Fall 1998): 207-208.

Review of Carl Prince, Brooklyn's Dodgers, Aethlon 15.2 (Spring 1998): 222-223.

Review of Paul Crumbley, Inflections of the Pen, LEGACY 15.2 (1998): 225-226.

Review of David Baker, ed., Meter in English, Style 31.3 (Fall 1997): 552-555.

Review of Paul Crumbley, Inflections of the Pen, 19th Century Women Writers Web (LEGACY).

Review of Martha L. Henning, Beyond Understanding,19th Century Women Writers Web (LEGACY).

Review of Ground Rules: Baseball and Myth by Deeanne Westbrook, Studies in American Fiction 24.2 (1996): 254-255.

Reviews of Great Time Coming by David Falkner, The Lip by Gerald Eskenazi, Baseball with a Latin Beat by Peter C. Bjarkman; Aethlon 13.2 (Spring 1996): 224-226.

Review of Scheming Women by Cynthia Hogue, Style 30.1 (1996): 178-180.

Review of Effa Manley and the Newark Eagles by James Overmyer, Turkey Stearnes and the Detroit Stars by Richard Bak, and Just Call Me Minnie by Minnie Minoso with Herb Fagen, Aethlon: The Journal of Sport Literature 12.2 (1995): 170-172.

Review of Standard Deviations: Chance and the Modern British Novel by Leland Monk, Studies in the Novel 27 (1995): 584-586.

Review of Feminist Measures, eds. Lynn Keller and Cristanne Miller, Style 29 (1995): 500-503.

Review of Redefining the Political Novel, ed. Sharon M. Harris, Studies in American Fiction 23 (1995): 246-247.

"Marianne Moore (Not) at the Polo Grounds," ANQ 7 (1994): 88-90.

Review of The Ghost of Meter by Annie Finch, Style 28 (1994): 125-127.

"The Anti-modernism of Marianne Moore's 'Baseball and Writing'," English in Texas 24.4 (1993): 24-26.

Review of Positive as Sound by Judy Jo Small, Style 26 (1992): 348-351.

"Shakespeare's Othello," The Explicator 48 (1990): 238.

Review of Emily Dickinson's Reception in the 1890s by Willis J. Buckingham, Analytical & Enumerative Bibliography n.s. 3.3-4 (1989): 197-201.

"Ambrose Bierce, Un-American: 'Oil of Dog' as an Anti-Capitalist Parable," The Markham Review 16 (1987): 35-37.

recent presentations

"Sport and the Program: Representation in Erik Satie's Sports et Divertissements," Sport Literature Association, Limoges, Haute-Vienne (France), June 2019

"Exile, Accident, Desire: Migrating to the Italian Language in the Work of Edith Bruck, Amara Lakhous, and Jhumpa Lahiri," South Central Modern Language Association, San Antonio TX, October 2018

"Soccer in the Novels of Amara Lakhous," Sport Literature Association, Lawrence KS, June 2018

"The (Multi)cultural Work of (Recent Juvenile) Baseball Fiction," Baseball in Literature and Culture, Ottawa KS, April 2018

"Photography, Bibliography, Digitality, Paradox," Center for Theory, University of Texas at Arlington, February 2018

"Kinsella's Short Stories," memorial panel on W.P. Kinsella, Sport Literature Association, Wheeling WV, June 2017

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

"Everest as Opera," Sport Literature Association, Fredericton NB, June 2016

"Bullfighting Fiction for Children," Sport Literature Association, Johnson City TN, June 2015

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

"Magnane as Translator," La plume et le sport: Colloque international Georges Magnane (1907-1985)," Limoges, Haute-Vienne (France), June 2014


UTA Service

English Department Scheduler 2015-present

Graduate Assembly 2008-11, and its Committee on Graduate Students (2008-09) and Committee on Graduate Program Creation (2009-11)

English Department Graduate Advisor 1998-2000, 2004-05, 2008-11

English Department Associate Chair 1995-96, 2004-05, 2008-11

Faculty Sponsor of Sigma Tau Delta (English honor society) 1989-2005

Director of Creative Writing 2003-05

University Non-Tenure Track Career Path Committee 2017

Chair, UTA Phi Beta Kappa Committee, 2003-04

English Department Chair 2000-03

UTA Web Task Force 2000-02

Program Review Team, School of Social Work, Spring 2001

College of Liberal Arts Committees: Curriculum 1995-96, 2014-15; Tenure and Promotion 1995-97, 2013-14; Research 1997-2000, 2003-04

Major English Department Committees:

Faculty consultant for Advanced Placement Institute 1998

Participant in 1995 AAC&U Summer Institute: "Boundaries and Borderlands: The Search for Recognition and Community in America," at request of UTA Diversity Committee

Hermann Colloquium Committee 1992, 1994; Hermann Lecturer 1994

Reviewer of candidates for NEH Summer Seminar "Voices Reaching Back" 1992, 1994, 1996, 1998

External Service

Arlington Public Library Volunteer (2018: 17 hours; 2019: 15 hours)

Peer review for LEGACY (2005-present)

Grant proposal reviewer, National Humanities Center, 2003-present

Jury member, Habilitation à Diriger des Recherches, Université Paris Nanterre, December 2017

Arlington Public Library Advisory Board, 2012-2016

Nonfiction Editor, Aethlon (2005-2011)

Extern member of PhD committees at University of Colorado (2018), Northern Illinois University (2012), University of Maine (2010), Macquarie University (2007), and Fordham University (1988)

Advisory Editor, Studies in American Fiction, 2000-2007

Member and chair of Foerster Prize Committee, American Literature Section, Modern Language Association, 2004

Listowner (2004-present) of ARETE, the Sport Literature e-mail list

Listowner (1996-present) and editor (1996-2000) of DICKNSON

Program Review Team, Northeastern University English Department, 2003

Co-editor (1997-2004) of H-Arete, the H-Net discussion list for sport literature

President of Sport Literature Association 1999

Program Chair for Sport Literature Association annual conference, Montevallo AL July 1998

Conference of College Teachers of English Executive Council, 1994-97

Member of the Advisory Board, Dickinson Electronic Archives


Director of 20 completed PhDs
Director of 37 completed MAs (25 theses, 12 non-thesis)

Graduate students directed since 2012:

Total UTA graduate-committee service: 191 completed graduate exam, thesis, and dissertation committees


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