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Dr. Thomas Simons

Thomas Simons
Dr. Thomas SimonsMarquette University

Marquette Hall, 231

MilwaukeeWI53201United States of America
(414) 288-1976
Curriculum Vitae

Visiting Assistant Professor


After completing my B.A. at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and M.A. at Southern Illinois University-Carbondale, I earned a Ph.D. from Boston College with a dissertation entitled Being and the Imaginary: An Introduction to Aesthetic Phenomenology and English Literature from the Eighteenth Century to the Romantic Period, which proposes a phenomenological aesthetic grounded at the intersections of the philosophies of Martin Heidegger, Hans-Georg Gadamer, and Wolfgang Iser and applies it to readings of the lives and works of Samuel Johnson and Samuel Taylor Coleridge. Being and the Imaginary investigates the relationship between the imaginary and the projection of human being as it informed by and plays out in the aesthetic event and empowers Dasein’s striving towards authenticity. I am currently preparing a book-length project that further develops these concepts: Being and the Imaginary: Towards a Literary Ontology.

My other interests include film (from silent films onward) and collecting jazz recordings (from Armstrong to post-Ayler music).

Research Interests

  • British Poetry and Non-Fiction Prose of the Long Eighteenth Century
  • Romantic Period British Literature
  • Anglo-German Transnational Romanticisms
  • Intersections of Philosophy and Literature
  • Phenomenological Aesthetics
  • The Imagination and the Imaginary


  • Review of Gary Gutting’s Talking God: Philosophers on Belief, Religion and the Arts 21.3 (2017): 415-418.
  • Review of Simon Haines’s Redemption in Poetry and Philosophy: Wordsworth, Kant,and the Making of the Post-Christian Imagination, Religion and the Arts 20.3 (2016): 379-382.
  • Review of Monika Class’s Coleridge and Kantian Ideas in England, 1796-1817, Review 19 (2014).
  • “Psyche Offering Venus the Waters of the Styx,” “Padova: Sunday Afternoon,” and “Response to the Bowmen of Shu.”  Sextant 20.1 (2012): 18-20. (poems)
  • Review of Joel Harter’s Coleridge’s Philosophy of Faith, Religion and the Arts 16.3 (2012): 275-277.
  • “Coleridge Beyond Kant and Hegel: Transcendent Aesthetics and the Dialectic Pentad.” Studies in Romanticism 45 (2006): 465-481.
  • “Prometheus and the Process of Individuation: A Jungian Reading of Shelley’s Prometheus Unbound.” JUNG: The e-Journal of the Jungian Society for Scholarly Studies 2.5 (2006).
  • Santa Teresa di Avila in Ecstasy” and “In-Vocation.”  Fait Accomplit: The Literary Miscellany of the Comparative Literature Association of the University of Alberta(Winter 2002): 68; 97-98. (poems)

Additional Information

Office Hours

Spring 2020

  • TuTh 12:20-1:50 and by appointment

Teaching Schedule

Spring 2020

  • 1001/123 TuTh 9:30-10:45 Lalumiere 332
    • Foundations in Rhetoric
  • 1001/133 TuTh 2:00-3:15 Johnston Hall 338
    • Foundations in Rhetoric
  • 1001/135 TuTh 3:30-4:45 Johnston Hall 338
    • Foundations in Rhetoric
  • 2020/104 TuTh 11:00-12:15 Lalumiere 332
    • Text, Social Systems, and Values: Countercultures: Art, Community, and Resistance from the Beat Generation to the Grateful Dead 


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