Painting by Prudence Whittlesey ©
D.Phil. Magdalen College, Oxford University
BA Magdalen College, Oxford University
At UCD since 2003
Professor Morton's interests include ecology, philosophy, literature and the environment, ecotheory, biology, physical sciences, literary theory, food studies, sound and music, materialism, poetics, Romanticism, Buddhism, and literatures in English, 1700 to 1900. He teaches literature and ecology, Romantic-period literature, and literary theory. He has published nine books and over seventy essays. He blogs regularly at Ecology without Nature. CV
The Ecological Thought (Harvard UP, April 2010)
All forms of life are connected in a vast, entangling mesh. This interconnectedness penetrates all dimensions of life. No being, construct, or object can exist independently from the ecological entanglement, nor does “Nature” exist as an entity separate from the uglier or more synthetic elements of life. Realizing this interconnectedness is the ecological thought.
“Morton writes from inside the ecological thought, not as its cheerleader or architect but as a latter-day Romantic. The great strength of this book is its genre inventiveness, and its main contribution is its performance of a thinking keyed to our time and place, a thinking with clear and immediate ethical implications. The Ecological Thought is crucial right now.” —Marjorie Levinson, University of Michigan
“Picking up where his most obvious predecessors, Gregory Bateson and Felix Guattari, left off, Morton understands mental ecology as the ground zero of ecological thinking, as that which must be redressed before anything else and above all. Morton goes beyond both his forebears, however, in repairing the rift between science and the humanities, which the Enlightenment opened up and against which Romanticism reacted. Perhaps most pleasantly surprising, given its erudition, is that in its stylistic elegance The Ecological Thought is as satisfying to read as it is necessary to ponder.”—Vince Carducci, College for Creative Studies
(Harvard UP, 2007; paperback 2009)
To have a properly ecological view, we must relinquish the idea of nature. Ranging widely in philosophy, culture, and history, Morton explores the value of art in imagining future environmental projects.
“Outstanding.”—Slavoj Zizek, In Defense of Lost Causes
“Dark ecology has the potential to be the punk rock or experimental pop of ecological thinking.”—Kasino A4
“It isn’t [nature] itself that needs trashing — we’re doing a fine job of that already; it’s our way of thinking about it that needs to be structurally realigned ... it's an important book that, in a scant 205 pages of main text ... frames a debate that no doubt will be carried on for years to come.”—Vince Carducci, Pop Matters
“He practices what he theorizes: nothing is wasted in his argumentation.”—Emmanouil Aretoulakis, Synthesis
“Rigorous and unsettling ... A more thoughtful reflection on the future of dwelling together in a vulnerable world would be hard to find.”—David L. Clark, McMaster University
Lectures, Blogs, Video
A talk on Buddhism: “What's Eating Slavoj Žižek?”
Dark Ecologies, Auckland NZ (video)
Graduate Class on Object-Oriented Ontology, Dunedin, NZ (video)
“The Time of Hyperobjects,” Sydney (video)
“Sublime Objects" Talk on Object-Oriented Ontology at UCLA
Promiscuous Ontologies panel (Tim Morton, Levi Bryant, Ian Bogost).
Interview (Philosophy in a Time of Error).
Essay in Danish journal ReThink on global warming and ideology.
“Ecology, Ideology, Politics” (Duke U).
“Beautiful Soul Syndrome” (UCLA)
Literature and the Environment (iTunes U).
Romantic Circles blog on ecology and culture.
Science on me + green videoconferencing.
Romanticism (iTunes U).
- Realist Magic: Objects, Ontology, Causality (Open Humanities Press, forthcoming).
- “Objects in Mirror Are Closer than They Appear,” Singularum 1 (2012).
- “Here Comes Everything: The Promise of Object-Oriented Ontology,” Qui Parle 19.2 (Spring–Summer, 2011), 163–190.
- “Sublime Objects,” Speculations 2 (2011), 254–274.
- “Zero Landscapes in the Time of Hyperobjects,” Graz Architectural Magazine 7 (2011), 78–87.
- “Unsustaining,” World Picture 5.
- “The Mesh,” in Stephanie Lemenager, ed., Environmental Criticism for the Twenty-First Century (Routledge, 2011), 19–30.
- “Framed: The Machine in/as the Garden,” Electronic Book Review (November 2010).
- “Thinking Ecology: The Mesh, the Strange Stranger, and the Beautiful
Soul,” Collapse 6 (2010), 265–293.
- “Ecology as Text, Text as Ecology,” Oxford Literary Review 32.1 (2010), 1–17.
- “Ecology after Capitalism,” Polygraph 22 (2010), 17–29.
- “Queer Ecology,” PMLA (March, 2010), 1–19.
- “The Dark Ecology of Elegy,” in Karen Weisman, ed., The Oxford Handbook of the Elegy (Oxford UP, 2010), 251–271.
- “Escritura Ecologica,” La Tempestad 10.65 (March 2009), 94–97.
- “Ecologocentrism: Unworking Animals,” SubStance 37.3 (2008), 37–61.
- “Of Matter and Meter: Environmental Form in Coleridge's ‘Effusion 35’ and ‘The Eolian Harp’,” Literature Compass Romanticism 5.2 (January, 2008), 310–55.
“John Clare's Dark Ecology,” Studies in Romanticism 47.2 (Summer, 2008), 179-193.
Winner of the Keats-Shelley Association Prize for the best essay of 2008.
- "Byron's Manfred and Ecocriticism: Dark Ecology," in Jane Stabler, ed., Palgrave Advances in Byron Studies (Palgrave Macmillan, 2007), 155–170.
- "Environmentalism," in Nicholas Roe, ed., Romanticism: An Oxford Guide (Oxford UP, 2005), 696-707.
- "Wordsworth Digs the Lawn," European Romantic Review 15.2 (2004), 317-327.
- “Why Ambient Poetics?,” The Wordsworth Circle 33.1 (Winter, 2002), 52–56.
- “ ‘Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star’ as an Ambient Poem,” Romantic Praxis (2001).
- “Imperial Measures: Dune, Ecology and Romantic Consumerism,” Romanticism On the Net 21 (February 2001).
Runner-up, best essay, 2001.
- “Shelley's Green Desert,” Studies in Romanticism 35.3 (Fall, 1996), 409–430.
- The Poetics of Spice: Romantic Consumerism and the Exotic (Cambridge UP, 2006).
- Shelley and the Revolution in Taste: The Body and the Natural World (Cambridge UP, 2006).
- Special issue of Romanticism on food studies (12.1, 2006).
- "Joseph Ritson, Percy Shelley and the Making of Romantic Vegetarianism," Romanticism 12.1 (2006): 52-61.
- "Food Studies in the Romantic Period:(S)mashing History," Romanticism 12.1 (2006): 1-4.
- "Percy Shelley, Snacker Poet," Moving Worlds: A Journal of Transcultural Writings 6.2 (2006): 22-29.
- Ed., Cultures of Taste/Theories of Appetite: Eating Romanticism (Palgrave, 2004).
- Ed., Radical Food: The Culture and Politics of Eating and Drinking, 1780–1830 (Routledge, 2000).
- "Hegel on Buddhism," Romantic Praxis (2007).
- Ed., The Cambridge Companion to Shelley (Cambridge UP, 2006).
- Mary Shelley's Frankenstein: A Sourcebook (Routledge, 2002).
- Ed., Radicalism in British Literary Culture, 1650-1830: From Revolution to Revolution (Cambridge UP, 2000).
Education & Interests:
- D. Phil. (Oxford). Literature and the environment, theories of ecology; philosophy; Romanticism; Buddhism; literatures and cultures of food and diet; sound and music; literary and cultural theory