Frederick Turner

Founders Professor
Professor Emeritus - Literature and Creative Writing

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


“A Flowering Tree: Selected Poems”, The New Formalist Press, 2008. (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


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


The Moral Philosophy of Adam Smith
2008–2008 Liberty Fund, Santa Fe, NM (Jan 24-27, 2008)
Address on the work of Dana Gioia
2009–2009 Winner of the 2009 Excellence Award of the Newington-Cropsey Cultural Studies Center, Frederick Turner, The Lotos Club, New York, NY (Feb 20, 2009)
Aesthetics and Civic History
2008–2008 Colloquium presentation, Richardson City Council Committee on Park Planning, Richardson, TX (Mar 6, 2008)
Modernism(with Donald Kuspit, Stefania de Kennessey, James Cooper and Jacob Collins)
2008–2008 Symposium presentation, Newington-Cropsey Cultural Studies Center, Lotos Club, New York, NY (May 30, 2008)
Origins: New Perspectives in the Study of Time
2008–2008 Council meeting presentation, International Society for the Study of Time, Strathmere, NJ (Oct 10, 2008)

Additional Information

MA Portfolios Supervised
  • Donna Paireepinart, 1995
  • Donna Sherritt, 1995
  • Linda Suddarth, 1995
  • Patrick Godfrey, 1996
  • John Williams, 1997
  • Caroline Perkins, 1997
  • Mary Blanchard (MA), 1998
  • Karen Isbell (MA), 1998
  • Christopher Baker, 2000
  • Sharon Bailey, 2000
  • Heather Tibshraeny, 2001
  • Dawn Moncrief, 2002
PhD Dissertations Supervised
  • Sharla Schimelpfenig, 1995
  • Rodger Sorenson, 1998
  • Ellen Hinson, 2000
  • Anne Perry, 2001
  • Tim Cloward, 2002
  • Mary Blanchard, 2002
  • Chad Hanson, 2002
  • Stephen Owens, 2002
  • Katherine Burgess, 2006
  • Charles Kroll, 2006
  • Mark Watney, 2006
  • Monir Saleh, 2009
  • Sharmistha Basu, 2009
26 books, more than 100 published articles and poems

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.”