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Frederick Turner
Founders Professor-Arts & Humanities
Office MailstopJO 5.522, Room No.: 5.522 
Email Address  Frederick.Turner@utdallas.edu    Primary Phone Number 972-883-2777    Media Contact
 Professional Preparation
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 DegreeMajorInstitutionYear
 Ph.D.B.Litt (equivalent to Ph.D.)English Language and Literature, Oxford University1967
 M.S.English Language and LiteratureOxford University1967
 B.A.English Literature and LiteratureOxford University 
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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
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2008
“A Flowering Tree: Selected Poems”, The New Formalist Press, 2008. (PDF) http://newformalistpress.com/turner.pdf
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2007
Frederick Hart: The Complete Works: Essays by Donald Kuspit and Frederick Turner. Butler Books, Louisville, 2007
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2006
Natural Religion. Transaction Publishers, New Brunswick, NJ, and London, 2006
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2006
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
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2006
The Prayers of Dallas (poetry). Turning Point Press, Cincinnati, Ohio 2006
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Start DateEnd DatePresentation/Project
2009 2009 How to Translate Chinese Poetry
Symposium on Chinese Translation, Frederick Turner and Daisy Guo, University of Texas-Dallas, Richardson, TX (Apr 7, 2009)
2009 2009 The Complexity of Good Intentions
Frederick Turner, Colloquium presentation, The Good Ancestor Principle Group, Encinitas (May 7-8, 2009)
2009 2009 Giving
Frederick Turner, Colloquium presentation, Liberty Fund, Indianapolis, IN (May 28-29, 2009)
2009 2009 Philanthropy
Frederick Turner, Colloquium presentation, Liberty Fund West Harrison, NY (June 25-26, 2009)
2009 2009 Othello and Tragedy
Frederick Turner, The Dallas Institute of Humanities and Culture, Dallas, TX (July 14, 2009)
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DurationRankDepartment / SchoolCollege / OfficeUniversity / Company
1985-PresentFounders ProfessorArts and Humanities University of Texas at Dallas.
1984-1985Visiting Professor  Visiting Professor, University of Exeter, England
1978-1983Editor  Kenyon Review
1972-1985Associate Professor of English  Kenyon College
1967-1972Assistant Professor of English  University of California at Santa Barbara
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Professor and Student Cross the Balkans for Poetry
UT Dallas News Center

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
UT Dallas News Center

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.


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26 books, more than 100 published articles and poems

Professional Recognition, Honors, etc.
  • Missouri Review essay prize, 1978
  • Folger Library symposium grant, "Shakespeare in Performance", 1979
  • Nine Werner Reimers Stiftung travel grants, 1981-90
  • Six Kenyon College Carnegie-Mellon research grants, 1981-87
  • Ohioana Award for editorial excellence, 1982
  • Djerassi Foundation sabbatical research grant and residency, 1982
  • Levinson Poetry Prize (awarded by the publishers of Poetry), 1983
  • Golden Eagle award for "The Elephant on the Hill" TV documentary, 1988
  • Emmy award for Smithsonian World series of which "The Elephant on the Hill" was a part, 1988
  • Milan Fust Prize (This prize, awarded by the Hungarian Academy of Science, is Hungary's highest literary honor, and was awarded jointly to Zsuzsanna Ozsvath and Frederick
  • Turner for their translation collection, Foamy Sky: The Major Poems of Miklos Radnoti. Princeton: Princeton UP, 1992), 1992
  • Nominated for the University of Texas President's Teaching Award, 1992
  • Quoted as example in American Heritage Dictionary, 3rd edition, for definitions of the words "central", "content", "explicit", "flow", "how," "minutia", "probabilistic", "reference," "subsume". 1992.
  • PEN Dallas Chapter, Golden Pen Award for April Wind 1993
  • M.A. thesis devoted to works by Frederick Turner, entitled The Beautiful as Tragic Affirmation: an Approach to Frederick Turner's Genesis: an Epic Poem, by Curtis Carbonell, Clemson University, successfully defended August 1996.
  • Editorial by Paul Levinson, the editor, in The Journal of Social and Evolutionary Systems, cites Turner's leadoff essay "An Evolutionary/Chaotic Theory of Beauty and Meaning" in JSES 19: 2 "one of the most important pieces printed in the Journal in this decade." Cited in the editor's introduction to Rebel Angels: Twenty-five Poets of the New Formalism, edited by Mark Jarman and David Mason, Story Line Press, as one of the leaders of "the most significant development in modern American poetry." 1996.
  • Foamy Sky: the Major Poems of Miklós Radnóti, translated by Zsuzsanna Ozsvath and Frederick Turner (Princeton University Press, 1992), described by Miklós Hernádi, writing for The New Hungarian Quarterly, Spring 1996, as an "epochal undertaking." 1996.
  • Special publications award, Hungarian Ministry of Culture and Education International Conference on the Unity of the Sciences Honorary Chair of Biology and Aesthetics section, 1997
  • Featured Poet, Light: A Quarterly of Light Verse, Winter 2000
  • Named Distinguished Poet of Dallas by the city of Dallas, 2001.
  • Honorary member, Golden Key Society, 2001
  • Fellow, Texas Institute of Letters, 2003-
  • David Robert Poetry Prize, 2004
  • Nov 16th named by the City of Dallas, Mayor Laura Miller, “The Prayers of Dallas Day”,
  • 2004
  • Nov 17th named by the State of Texas, Gov. Rick Perry, “The Prayers of Dallas and
  • Frederick Turner Day”, 2004
  • Council member, International Society for the Study of Time, 2004-
  • The Gjenima Prize 2004, awarded by the President of the Albanian-American Writers’ Association for the most important contributions to world literature in 2004
  • Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts: Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters, 2006
  • Nominated for the Nobel Prize in Literature by over 40 professors of literature and heads of literary societies in Britain, Mexico, Vietnam, Germany, Albania, India, China, the United States, and other nations 2001, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009

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

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

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

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

Other Activities
  • Director, Poetry Festival, University of California at Santa Barbara
  • Member, special task force to recruit women faculty, Kenyon College
  • Member, special task force to create and institute the Integrated Program in Humane Studies, Kenyon College
  • Member, Kenyon Review revival and feasibility study committee.
  • Panelist, Ohio Arts Council
  • Panelist, Ingersoll Literary Prize Selection Committee
  • Panelist, Publication Subvention Panel, The National Endowment for the Humanities
  • Fellow, The Dallas Institute of Humanities and Culture
  • Member, Kerngruppe, Werner Reimers Stiftung research group on the biological foundations of esthetics
  • Consultant to Gettysburg College, Gettysburg Review feasibility study
  • Consultant, the Niedersachsen Foundation: international conference on Geist und Natur (Mind and Nature) in Hannover, Germany
  • Consultant, NASA Ames Space Center, long-range policy planning
  • Trustee, Cleveland Poetry Project (nationally syndicated radio poetry programming)
  • Trustee, Greenhill School
  • Trustee, Isthmus Institute
  • Editorial reader, SUNY Press
  • Editorial reader, University of Pennsylvania Press
  • Editorial reader, University Press of Virginia
  • Editorial reader, Missouri University Press
  • Editorial reader, MIT Press
  • Editorial reader, Behavior and Brain Science
  • Editorial reader, Mosaic
  • Editorial reader, The Study of Time
  • Editorial adviser, Hellas
  • Editorial adviser, Poems and Poetics
  • Editorial adviser, The Journal of Social and Biological Structures
  • Editorial adviser, The American Arts Quarterly
  • Advisory board, St. Louis Museum of Art, Exhibit on Material Culture of the Future
  • Advisory board, Djerassi Foundation
  • Advisory board, Quest Foundation
  • Advisory board, Berlin Peace University, Potsdam, Germany
  • Advisory board, Newington-Cropsey Foundation
  • Founding advisory board, the Earthkeeping Institute
  • Chair, Steering Committee, Center for the Study of Science and the Arts
  • Member, Japan Karate Association: second-degree black belt, Shotokan style
  • Faculty adviser and senior instructor, JKA Dallas Karate Club.
  • Created (with Drs. Koen dePryck and Fernando Mora, and Rector Luis Bojalil) a new Millennium Institute of Integrative Studies in Mexico City. The program will be tied in with existing graduate programs at the Diplomado, M.A. and Ph.D. levels.
  • Chaired and organized Conference Committee on the Biological Foundations of Aesthetics for the International Conference on the Unity of the Sciences, held in Seoul, Korea, Aug. 21st-26th, 1995.
  • Member, American Book Award Committee (projected international literary prize)
  • Advisor, Young Presidents Organization university program planning
  • Advisor, Society for Ecological Restoration and Management
  • Helped plan Undermain Theater's international production of Sarajevo
  • Served as mentor to Plano East High School mentor program, from Sep 1996
  • Led (with Rene Moreno) day-long seminar for all-Dallas high school students on Shakespearean performance, sponsored by the English-speaking Union, Nov 16th, 1996
  • Contributing Editor, Reason magazine
  • Conference organizer: International Conference on the Unity of the Sciences 1997
  • Honorary Chair of Biology and Aesthetics section
  • Sanus Salute: officiated at SANUS SALUTE senior citizens annual award ceremony, literature prize, Dallas, Feb 24th 1996
  • Literary Consultant to "Wishbone," children's Public Television literary series, from May 1996
  • Literary adviser and dramaturg for "Wishbone," the PBS children's TV literary drama series, 1997
  • Compered TV Critics Award PBS Press Tour, "Wishbone," Pasadena, California, Jul 26th, 1997
  • Member, Dallas Poetry Board
  • Vice-Chair, Board of Directors, Foundation for Global Studies
  • Advisory Board, International School of Theory in the Humanities
  • Contributing Writer, American Enterprise
  • Literary Advisor, Tillerman's Codex DVD Experimental Storytelling Project, UTD, 1999
  • Curator, Derriere Guard Arts Festival
  • Advisory Board, Newington-Cropsey Foundation
  • Consultant, "Mystical Cafe" Rick Duffield Film Arts TV miniseries project
  • Passed advanced Karate judge examination, judged National Karate Championships 2001
  • International Society for the Study of Time, Council Member
  • Editorial Board, American Arts Quarterly
  • Contributing Editor, American Arts Quarterly

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).


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