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J. Hillis Miller
Distinguished Research Professor, Comparative Literature
Distinguished Research Professor, English

PH.D., Harvard University
Research Interests:
Victorian Literature; Modern English and American Literature; Comparative Literature; Literary Theory
Research Summary:
Hillis Miller holds honorary degrees as Doctor of Letters from the Univrsity of Florida, Doctor of Humane Letters at Bucknell University, and Doctor Honoris Cause at the University of Zaragoza. He is also Honorary Professor of Peking University and past president of the Modern Language Association. Before coming to Irvine, Hillis Miller taught at The Johns Hopkins University and Yale University. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and a member of the American Philosophical Society. His research interests are in the areas of Victorian literature, modern English and American literature of the nineteenth-and twentieth-centuries, comparative literature, and literary theory. He has published many essays and reviews and is an editor of various literary journals. Among Hillis Miller's books are Charles Dickens: The World of His Novels; The Disappearance of God; Poets of Reality; The Form of Victorian Fiction; Fiction and Repetition; The Linguistic Moment; The Ethics of Reading; Hawthorne and History; Ariadne's Thread; Illustration; Victorian Subjects; Tropes, Parables, Performatives; Theory Now and Then; New Starts; and Topographies. Among his recent books are: Reading Narrative from Oklahoma Press, Black Holes from Stanford Press, Speech Acts in Literature, from Stanford University Press, Others, from Princeton University Press, and Literature as Conduct: Speech Acts in Henry James, from Fordham University Press. An extensive bibliography of works by and about Professor Miller is available online here.
Selected Publications:
  Literature as Conduct: Speech Acts in Henry James (New York: Fordham Univ. Press, 2005)
  Charles Dickens: The World of His Novels (Cambridge: Harvard UP, 1958)

The Disappearance of God: Five Nineteenth-Century Writers (Cambridge: Harvard UP, 1963)
Poets of Reality: Six Twentieth-Century Writers (Cambridge: Harvard UP, 1965)
The Form of Victorian Fiction: Thackeray, Dickens, Trollope, George Eliot, Meredith and Hardy (Notre Dame: U of Notre Dame P, 1968)
Thomas Hardy: Distance and Desire (Cambridge: Harvard, 1970)
Fiction and Repetition: Seven English Novels (Cambridge: Harvard UP, 1982)
The Linguistic Moment: From Wordsworth to Stevens (Princeton,: Princeton UP, 1985)
The Ethics of Reading: Kant, de Man, Eliot, Trollope, James, and Benjamin (New York: Columbia UP, 1987)
Versions of Pygmalion (Cambridge: Harvard UP, 1990)
Hawthorne & History: Defacing It (Cambridge: Harvard UP, 1991)
Ariadne's Thread: Story Lines (New Haven: Yale UP, 1992)
Theory Now and Then (Durham: Duke UP, 1991)
Illustration (Cambridge: Harvard UP, 1992)
New Starts: Performative Topographies in Literature and Criticism (Taipei: The Institute of European and American Studies, Academia Sinica, 1993)
Topographies (Stanford: Stanford UP, 1995)
Reading Narrative (Norman: Oklahoma UP, 1998)
Black Holes Co-author with Manuel Asensi (Stanford: Stanford UP, 1999)
Speech Acts in Literature (Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2001)
Others (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2001)

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