Frederick Turner

Founders Professor
Professor of literature and creative writing
frederick.turner@utdallas.edu
972-883-2777
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Professional Preparation

B.A. - English Literature and Literature
Oxford University - 2018
M.S. - English Language and Literature
Oxford University - 1967
Ph.D. - B.Litt (equivalent to Ph.D.)
English Language and Literature, Oxford University - 1967

Research Areas

Scholarly Fields of Interest
  • Poetry, the biological foundations of aesthetics, Shakespeare, ecopoetics, chaos theory and literary criticism, English Renaissance literature, Chaucer, Milton, prosody, performance theory, the philosophy of time, anthropology and literature, literature and science, science fiction, narrative poetry, artificial intelligence, restoration ecology, literary and critical theory, sociobiology and the arts, oral tradition studies, landscape and garden architecture, the structure of knowledge, political philosophy, evolutionary theology, the history and philosophy of science and technology, translation theory, media studies, Renaissance art history

Publications

“A Flowering Tree: Selected Poems”, The New Formalist Press, 2008. (PDF) http://newformalistpress.com/turner.pdf 2008 - Publication
Frederick Hart: The Complete Works: Essays by Donald Kuspit and Frederick Turner. Butler Books, Louisville, 2007 2007 - Publication
The Prayers of Dallas (poetry). Turning Point Press, Cincinnati, Ohio 2006 2006 - Publication
N? Shpell?n e Platonit (In Plato's Cave, full-length collection of poems by Frederick Turner translated into Albanian by Gjek? Marinaj). Marinaj Publishing, Dallas, Frankfurt, Tirana, 2006 2006 - Publication
Natural Religion. Transaction Publishers, New Brunswick, NJ, and London, 2006 2006 - Publication
Paradise: Selected Poems, 1990-2003. David Robert Books, Cincinnati, 2004 2004 - Publication
On the Field of Life, On the Battlefield of Truth. Pivot Press, New York, 2004 2004 - Publication
Shakespeare's Twenty-first Century Economics: The Morality of Love and Money. New York: Oxford University Press, 1999 1999 - Publication
The Iron-blue Vault: Selected Poems of Attila Jozsef (translations with Zsuzsanna Ozsvath). Newcastle upon Tyne, England: Bloodaxe Books, 1999 1999 - Publication
Biopoetics: Evolutionary Explorations in the Arts (essays by various hands, edited with Brett Cooke). Paragon House, 1999 1999 - Publication

Appointments

Founders Professor
University of Texas at Dallas. [1985–Present]
Visiting Professor
Visiting Professor, University of Exeter, England [1984–1985]
Editor
Kenyon Review [1978–1983]
Associate Professor of English
Kenyon College [1972–1985]
Assistant Professor of English
University of California at Santa Barbara [1967–1972]

Projects

John Steinbeck's East of Eden
2008–2008 Colloquium presentation, Liberty Fund Santa Cruz, CA (May 15-17, 2008)
Resilience
2008–2008 Colloquium presentation, Workshop on Resilient Systems, The Philanthropic Enterprise/Uplift, Academy, Encinitas, CA (Feb 19-20, 2008)
The Next Time Conference
2009–2009 Frederick Turner, Colloquium presentation, The International Society for the Study of Time Council Meeting, Strathmere, NJ (Oct 10, 2009)
Giving
2009–2009 Frederick Turner, Colloquium presentation, Liberty Fund, Indianapolis, IN (May 28-29, 2009)
Milton's Satan
2008–2008 Lecture, Dallas Institute of Humanities and Culture Dallas, TX (July 18, 2008)

Additional Information

Personal Statement

Frederick Turner is a poet, a cultural critic, a playwright, a philosopher of science, an interdisciplinary scholar, an aesthetician, an essayist, and a translator. He is the author of twenty-eight books, including Natural Classicism: Essays on Literature and Science; Genesis: an Epic Poem; Rebirth of Value: Meditations on Beauty, Ecology, Religion and Education; Beauty: the Value of Values; April Wind and Other Poems; Foamy Sky: the Major Poems of Miklós Radnóti (with Zsuzsanna Ozsváth); Biopoetics: Evolutionary Explorations in the Arts (essays by various hands, edited with Brett Cooke), The Culture of Hope; Hadean Eclogues; Shakespeare's Twenty-First Century Economics; Paradise; and Natural Religion. His plays Height and The Prayers of Dallas have been performed in various locations. 

His contributions as an interdisciplinary scholar have been recognized, cited, or published in the fields of literary and critical theory, comparative literature, anthropology, psychology, neuroscience, sociobiology, oral tradition studies, landscape architecture, photography, planetary biology, space science, performance theory, photography, education, the sociology of knowledge, ecological restoration, political philosophy, the physics of computation, chaos theory, theology, the history and philosophy of science and technology, translation theory, Medieval and Renaissance literature, media studies, architecture, and art history. He is or has been a member of several research groups, on subjects including the biological foundations of esthetics, artificial intelligence, ecological restoration, law and systems research, time, interdisciplinarity, the sociological study of emotion, chaos theory, and ecopoetics. 

He is a winner of the Milan Fust Prize (Hungary's highest literary honor), the Levinson Poetry Prize (awarded by Poetry), the PEN Dallas Chapter Golden Pen Award, the Missouri Review essay prize, the David Robert Poetry prize, the Gjenima Prize, and several other literary, artistic and academic honors, and has participated in literary and TV projects that have respectively won a Benjamin Franklin Book Award and an Emmy. He is a fellow of the Texas Institute of Letters, and was nominated for the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2004, 2006, 2007, and 2008 (46 international nominations).

Classroom Teaching (since 2000)
  • Spring 00 A&H 1301 EXPLORATIONS IN THE HUMANITIES
  • Spring 00 HUAS 6395 POETRY
  • Fall 00 HUSL 6370 IDEAS OF THE DIVINE
  • Spring 01 HUAS 6340 SHAKESPEARE IN PERFORMANCE
  • Spring 01 LIT 3312 LITERATURE OF THE MARTIAL ARTS
  • Fall 01 HUAS 6350 CREATING POETRY
  • Spring 02 LIT 3320 SHAKESPEARE IN PERFORMANCE
  • Spring 02 HUSL 6370-001 BEAUTY
  • Fall 02 HUAS 6350-001 READING AND WRITING POETRY
  • Spring 03 LIT 3320 501 SHAKESPEARE IN PERFORMANCE
  • Spring 03 HUSL 6355 001 GAME THEORY IN THE HUMANITIES
  • Fall 03 SPECIAL FACULTY DEVELOPMENT ASSIGNMENT, FALL 2003-SPRING 2004
  • Fall 04 HUAS 6350.001 CREATING POETRY
  • Spring 05 LIT 3319 ENGLISH RENAISSANCE LITERATURE
  • Spring 05 HUSL 6355 GAMES THEORY IN THE HUMANITIES
  • Fall 05 HUSL 6312 SHAKESPEARE
  • Fall 05 HUSL EPIC POETRY
  • Spring 2006 HUAS 8305-038 AESTHETICS
  • Fall 2006 HUAS 6350-001 POETRY
  • Fall 2006 HUM 1302-006 TIME (HONORS)
  • Spring 2007 HUSL-6340-002 MILTON & THE ENGLISH RENAISSANCE
  • Fall 2007 HUMA-3300-502 READING AND WRITING TEXTS
  • Fall 2007 HUSL-6304-001 THE LITERATURE OF TIME
  • Fall 2008 HUSL-6304-001 LITERATURE AND GAMES
  • Fall 2008 HUSL-6340-001 SHAKESPEARE: DRAMATIST AND POET
  • Fall 2008 LIT -3300-501 WESTERN LITERARY TRADITION
  • Fall 2009 HUSL-6355-1 LITERATURE, SCIENCE & CULTURE
  • Fall 2009 HUAS-6350-1CREATING POETRY
  • Fall 2009 LIT -3300-501WESTERN LITERARY TRADITION
Memberships
  • P.E.N. International
  • Association of Literary Scholars and Critics
  • International Comparative Literature Association
  • International Society for the Study of Time
  • Werner Reimers Institute Research Group on the Biological Foundations of Esthetics
  • Science Fiction Poetry Association
  • Medieval Studies Congress
  • Traditional Cosmology Society
  • Society for Literature and Science
  • Society for Ecological Restoration and Management
  • European Sociobiological Society
  • Human Behavior and Evolution Society
  • American Association for the Advancement of Science
  • Texas Institute of Letters

News Articles

Professor and Student Cross the Balkans for Poetry
In 1990, Gjekë Marinaj was fleeing through the mountains from his home country of Albania into the former Yugoslavia. He was being pursued by Albanian secret police with tracker dogs. Marinaj’s crime: writing a poem.With Founders Professor of Arts and Humanities Dr. Frederick Turner, Marinaj has recently published Sung Across the Shoulder: Heroic Poetry of Illyria, a collection of Albanian oral folk-poetry. Turning the poetry from spoken performance into print was no easy task. Since none of the poems had ever been written down, Marinaj traveled to inns and coffee-houses deep in the Albanian mountains to record the poets reciting their verse. Marinaj also photographed the speakers and the venues of their performances. Back at UT Dallas, Turner and Marinaj began their collaborative work by listening to the recordings together and considering the photographs to determine whether or not a poem was fit for the book. The poem, if chosen, would then be translated, retaining its original tone, mood, style, diction, metrical form and rhyme.
Literature Profs Offer Book Lists to Beat the Heat
Triple-digit temperatures have discouraged poolside reading and sent many North Texans indoors.UT Dallas literature experts have summertime book recommendations that promise distraction from the sweltering heat. “What's needed for good summer reading is complicated plots, suspense and humor,” said Founders Professor of Arts and Humanities Dr. Frederick Turner. “The ideal summer reading is Patrick O’Brian’s Napoleonic naval novel series about Jack Aubrey and Stephen Maturin,” Turner says. “The passages about the freezing gales of the South Forties are particularly welcome in this weather.” O’Brian’s novels may be familiar to those who saw the 2003 film adaptation Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World directed by Peter Weir and starring Russell Crowe.
TD Professor Dr. Frederick Turner to Bring The Prayers of Dallas to Campus on Nov. 2
RICHARDSON, Texas (Oct. 14, 2005) — Renowned University of Texas at Dallas (UTD) Founders Professor of Arts and Humanities Dr. Frederick Turner will bring his popular play The Prayers of Dallas to the Jonsson Performance Hall on campus on Nov. 2 at 7:30 p.m. Performed as a solo piece by Turner, the play will be free and open to the public. 

Turner describes The Prayers of Dallas as “a portrait of the city, composed as a mosaic of 50 different voices, each a resident of Dallas, each in his or her most private moment, speaking to whatever is their own ultimate Listener. It is a celebration both of the diversity of the city and of a fundamental moral unity which is often unremarked.”