John MacNeill Miller

Title: Associate ProfessorJohn Miller
Department: English
Research Fields of Interest:  Victorian Literature, Animal Studies, Ecocriticism, Environmental Humanities
Degrees: A.B., Duke University; M.A., Ph.D., Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey

Contact Info:
Email: jmiller2@allegheny.edu
Phone: (814) 332-4331

Office Location: Odd Fellows 234
Office Hours (Fall ’22): Tuesdays and Thursdays 1:30-2:30pm; Wednesday 10:30am-12:30pm & 2:00-4:00pm
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Courses (Fall ’22)

ENGL 116 – Literature and the Environment
ENGL 230 – British Literatures
FSENG 201 – Grave Matters: The Afterlives of Literature

 

Publications:

Scholarly Articles

  • (Co-authored with Lauren Fugate) “Shakespeare’s Starlings: Literary History and the Fictions of Invasiveness.” Environmental Humanities vol. 13, no. 2, 2021, pp. 301-322.
  • “Weird Beyond Description: Weird Fiction and the Suspicion of Scenery.” Victorian Studies vol. 62, no. 2, 2020, pp. 244-252.
  • “Mischaracterizing the Environment: Hardy, Darwin, and the Art of Ecological Storytelling.” Texas Studies in Literature and Language vol. 62, no. 2, 2020, pp. 149-177.
  • “The Ecological Plot: A Brief History of Multispecies Storytelling, from Malthus to Middlemarch.” Victorian Literature and Culture vol. 48, no. 1, 2020, pp. 155-185.
  • “Composing Decomposition: In Memoriam and the Ecocritical Undertaking.” Nineteenth-Century Contexts vol. 39, no. 5, 2017, pp. 383-398.
  • “When Drama Went to the Dogs; or, Staging Otherness in the Animal Melodrama.” PMLA vol. 132, no. 3, 2017, pp. 526-542.
  • “Slavish Poses: Elizabeth Barrett Browning and the Aesthetics of Abolition.” Victorian Poetry vol. 52, no. 4, 2014, pp. 637-659.

Essays on Books and Popular Culture

Creative Writing

Selected Conference Presentations

  • “The Unnatural History of Egdon Heath: Ecology and Agency in Hardy’s Wessex.” Interdisciplinary Nineteenth-Century Studies, Asheville, North Carolina. (March 2016).
  • “Mutes, Brutes, and the Industrial Novel.” North American Victorian Studies Association, Pasadena, California. (October 2013)
  • “Character or Setting?: Animals and Environments in George Eliot’s Realism.” Association for the Study of Literature and the Environment, Lawrence, Kansas. (June 2013)
  • “Humanizing the Social Network in George Eliot and G. H. Lewes.” North American Victorian Studies Association, Madison, Wisconsin. (September 2012)
  • “Out of Hand: Visuality, Writing, and the Detection of Authorship in Bleak House.” The Dickens Project, Santa Cruz, California. (July 2012)