Posse Foundation Mentor

Saundra Morris is Professor of English. She specializes in American literature and culture, especially of the 19th century; American poetry; and social justice. Other interests include critical theory and the intersection of aesthetics and politics.

Educational Background

  • Ph.D., Cornell University

Teaching Interests

  • American literature and culture, especially of the 19th century
  • American poetry
  • Social justice

Scholarly Interests

  • Critical theory
  • The intersection of aesthetics and politics

Selected Publications


Editor (with Joel Porte), Emerson's Prose and Poetry.  Norton Critical Edition.  NY and London: Norton, 2001.

Editor (with Joel Porte), The Cambridge Companion to Ralph Waldo Emerson.  Cambridge and NY:  Cambridge UP, 1999. (Reissued for publication in China by Shanghai Foreign Language Education Press, 2003.  Reissued in online form, 2005.)


" 'Whim upon the Lintel':  Emerson's Poetry and a Politically Ethical Aesthetics," Nineteenth-Century Prose special edition commemorating the completion of The Collected Works of Ralph Waldo Emerson, forthcoming 2013.

"Poetry and Poetics," Emerson in Context, Ed. Wesley T. Mott, Cambridge UP, forthcoming fall 2013.

"Transcendentalists," The Princeton Encyclopedia of Poetry and Poetics, 4th ed. Ed. Roland Greene et. al.  Princeton and Oxford:  Princeton UP,  2012.  1454-1456.  

"Twentieth-Century American Poetry," The Oxford Handbook of Transcendentalism, Ed. Joel Myerson, Sandra Harbert Petrulionis, and Laura Dassow Walls.  Oxford:  Oxford UP, 2010.  671-681.  

 "Poetic Portals: Emerson's Essay Epigraphs," Ralph Waldo Emerson: Bicentennial Appraisals, Ed. Barry Tharaud.  Trier, Germany: WVT (Wissenschaftlicher Verlag), 2006.  255-280.


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