David C. Miller

David MillerTitle:
 (Faculty Emeritus) Professor of English
Department: English
Other Departments: Interdisciplinary Programs
Research Fields of Interest: American Literature and Art, American Studies, Literary Theory, Interdisciplinary Theory
Degrees: B.A., Stanford University; M.A., Brown University; Ph.D., Brown University

Contact Info
Email: dmiller@allegheny.edu
Phone: (814) 332-4323

Office Location: Odd Fellows 209



  • Miller, David. Beyond the Sister Arts Idea: Visual-Verbal Interaction in Nineteenth-Century New England. Book-length manuscript now nearing completion.
  • Miller, David. *Editor. American Iconology: New Approaches to Nineteenth-Century Art and Literature. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1993. Includes Introduction and Afterword by me as well as my essay, “The Iconology of Wrecked or Stranded Boats in Mid to Late Nineteenth-Century American Culture.”
  • Miller, David.*Dark Eden: The Swamp in Nineteenth-Century American Culture. Cambridge, England: Cambridge University Press, 1989.


  • Miller, David. “Art” American History through Literature, 1820-1870, Vol. I.Eds. Janet Gabler-Hoverr & Robert Sattelmeyer. New York: Ch. Scribner’s Sons, 2005, pp. 45-56.
  • Miller, David. “Swamp and Jungle Images and the Modernizing of American Culture” The Swamp: On the Edge of Eden. Exhibition Catalogue, Samuel P. Harn Museum of Art, 2000.
  • Miller, David. *“Washington Allston and the Sister Arts Tradition in America,” European Romantic Review 5.(Summer 1994), pp. 49-72.
  • Miller, David. “Infection and Imagination: Atmospheric Agency and the Problem of Romanticism in America,” Prospects: An Annual of American Cultural Studies, 13.(1988), pp. 37-60.
  • Miller, David. “’Kindred Spirits’: Martin Johnson Heade, Painter; Frederick Goddard Tuckerman, Poet; and the Identification with ‘Desert’ Places,” American Quarterly, 32.(Summer 1980), pp. 167-185.

Selected Conference Papers and Readings

  • “Empathy, Entanglement and Embodiment: Woolson’s Southern and International Themes” Keynote speaker, Constance Fenimore Woolson Society Conference, University of West Virginia (April, 2009).
  • “Washington Allston and the Sister Arts Idea in America,” Lecture, FuJien University, Taipei, Taiwan (May, 2008).
  • “’That dark struggling, darkly vegetating swamp of human souls’: Harriet Beecher Stowe and the Southern Landscape,” Lecture, University of Virginia (March, 2008).
  • Lecture on the Image of the Swamp in Nineteenth-Century America, Cummer Museum of Art, Jacksonville, Florida (February, 2000).
  • “What the Environmental Movement Can Learn from the 19th Century American Landscape Tradition” Keynote speaker, Northeast American Studies Association meeting, (March, 1999).


  • NEH Summer Seminar, Boston Athenaeum. (2003)
  • Humanities Division Teacher-Scholar Appointment, Allegheny College. (2001-2002)
  • NEH Summer Institute, Vassar College. (1993)
  • Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Humanities, Stanford University. (1986-88 )