Timothy Morris
Early American, Nineteenth Century American

Nineteenth Century American, Natural History, Transcendentalism, Abolition, History of Science, Novel Theory

I am currently beginning a dissertation with the working title Public Knowledge: Science, Exhibition, and the American Narrative Experiment which examines narrative form in relation to the rise of secular thought in the United States from 1800-1860. Right now, I’m diving into the archives to understand how mesmerism, somnambulism, and theories of mind gave rise to the genre of the romance in America. I’m also working on an article on how our reading practices continue to rely on biographical criticism and arguments of intentionality, leading to a lionization of Melville's authorial disappointment.


B.A. James Madison University

M.F.A. Brooklyn College

M.A. Virginia Commonwealth University