Dr John Miller

School of English

Senior Lecturer in Nineteenth-Century Literature

John Miller
john.miller@sheffield.ac.uk
+44 114 222 0194

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Dr John Miller
School of English
Jessop West
1 Upper Hanover Street
Sheffield
S3 7RA
Profile

I arrived in Sheffield in 2012 to take up a lectureship in Nineteenth-Century Literature and was appointed Senior Lecturer in 2016. I am President of the Association for the Study of Literature and Environment (UK & Ireland); co-director of the Sheffield Animal Studies Research Centre and co-editor of Palgrave Studies in Animals and Literature.

Research interests

My research focuses on writing about animals, ecology and empire from the nineteenth century to the present, with particular emphasis on the late Victorian period. My first monograph Empire and the Animal Body (Anthem, 2012) explored the representation of exotic animals in Victorian and Edwardian adventure fiction. My second book was the co-authored volume Walrus for the Reaktion Animal series. I am currently near to completing a monograph titled Victorians in Furs: Fiction, Fashion and Activism. I have started work on my next project, A Literary History of In Vitro Meat which examines the origins of cultured flesh in the late nineteenth century and traces its development in imaginative literature through to the present. I am also contributing co-editor of The Dictionary of Neoliberal Terms and have recently edited a collection of stories about tattooing for the British Library.

Publications

Books

  • Miller JW & Miller L (2014) Walrus. Reaktion. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Miller J (2012) Empire and the Animal Body: Violence, Identity and Ecology in Victorian Adventure Fiction. Anthem Press. RIS download Bibtex download

Edited books

  • Miller J (Ed.) (2020) Weird Woods: Tales from the Haunted Forests of Britain.. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Miller J (Ed.) (2019) Tales of the Tattooed: An Anthology of Ink. British Library Publishing. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Miller J & McCorry S (Ed.) (2019) Literature and Meat Since 1900. Palgrave. RIS download Bibtex download
  • McKay RR & Miller J (Ed.) (2017) Werewolves, Wolves and the Gothic. Cardiff: University of Wales Press. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Hutchings K & Miller J (Ed.) (2016) Transatlantic Literary Ecologies: Nature and Culture in the Nineteenth-Century Anglophone Atlantic World. Routledge. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Palladino M & Miller J (Ed.) (2015) The Globalization of Space: Foucault and Heterotopia. London: Routledge. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Miller JW, Maley W & Lyons P (Eds.) (2013) Romantic Ireland from Tone to Gonne: Fresh Perspectives on Nineteenth-Century Ireland.. Cambridge Scholars Publishing. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Miller J (Ed.) (2012) New Perspectives on Victorian Animals (a special issue of Journal of Victorian Culture).. RIS download Bibtex download

Journal articles

  • Miller J (2016) North Kelvin Meadow. Philosophy Activism Nature, 12, 169-178. View this article in WRRO RIS download Bibtex download
  • Miller J (2014) Meat, Cannibalism and Humanity in Paul du Chaillu's Explorations and Adventures in Equatorial Africa; or, What Does a Gorilla Hunter Eat for Breakfast?. Gothic Studies, 16(1), 70-84. View this article in WRRO RIS download Bibtex download
  • Miller J (2013) Illustrating the Fur Trade in Boy’s-Own Adventure Fiction.. Antennae: the journal of nature in visual culture, 48-57. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Miller J (2013) Biodiversity and the Abyssal Limit of the Human. Symplokē(1 & 2), 207-220. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Miller J (2012) “In Vitro Meat: Power, Authenticity and Vegetarianism”.. Journal for Critical Animal Studies(4), 41-63. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Miller J (2012) “Rebellious Tigers, a Patriotic Elephant and an Urdu-Speaking Cockatoo: Animals in ‘Mutiny’ Fiction”.. Journal of Victorian Culture(4), 480-491. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Miller J (2012) Introduction: Victorian Animals. Journal of Victorian Culture, 17(4), 436-441. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Miller J (2012) “Postcolonial Ecocriticism and Victorian Studies”.. Literature Compass, 9(7), 476-488. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Miller J & Palladino M (2011) “Glasgow’s Doulton Fountain and Postcolonial Heterotopia in Zoë Wicomb’s The One That Got Away”.. Safundi: the journal of South African and American studies, 12, 407-423. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Miller J (2008) “Adventures in the Volcano’s Throat: Tropical Landscape and Bodily Horror in R. M. Ballantyne’s Blown to Bits”.. Victorian Review: an interdisciplinary journal of victorian studies(1), 115-130. RIS download Bibtex download

Chapters

  • Miller J (2019) Fiction, Fashion, and the Victorian Fur Seal Hunt In Ryan D, Spencer J & Edwards K (Ed.), Reading Literary Animals Medieval to Modern Routledge RIS download Bibtex download
  • Miller J (2019) James Thomson's deserts In Mazzeno LW & Morrison RD (Ed.), Victorian Environmental Nightmares (pp. 101-119). London: Palgrave. View this article in WRRO RIS download Bibtex download
  • Miller J (2019) The Literary Invention of In Vitro Meat: Ontology, Nostalgia and Debt in Pohl and Kornbluth’s The Space Merchants, Literature and Meat Since 1900 (pp. 91-110). Springer International Publishing RIS download Bibtex download
  • McCorry S & Miller J (2019) Introduction: Meat Critique, Literature and Meat Since 1900 (pp. 1-17). Springer International Publishing RIS download Bibtex download
  • McKay RR & Miller J (2017) Introduction In McKay RR & Miller J (Ed.), Werewolves, Wolves and the Gothic (pp. 1-17). University of Wales Press RIS download Bibtex download
  • Miller J (2017) Saki, Nietzsche and the Superwolf In McKay RR & Miller J (Ed.), Werewolves, Wolves and the Gothic University of Wales Press View this article in WRRO RIS download Bibtex download
  • Miller J (2017) Creatures on the “Night-Side of Nature”: James Thomson’s Melancholy Ethics In Mazzeno L & Morrison R (Ed.), Animals in Victorian Literature and Culture: Contexts for Criticism (pp. 189-212). London: Palgrave Macmillan. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Miller J & Palladino M (2017) Glasgow' Empire Exhibition and the Interspatial Imagination in 'There's the Bird that Never Flew' In Easton K & Attridge D (Ed.), Zoe Wicomb and the Translocal Writing Scotland and South Africa (pp. 148-165). Routledge RIS download Bibtex download
  • Miller J (2016) The Environmental Politics and Aesthetics of Rider Haggard’s King Solomon’s Mines: Capital, Mourning and Desire In Mazzeno LW & Morrison RD (Ed.), Victorian Writers and the Environment: Ecocritical Perspectives Routledge RIS download Bibtex download
  • Miller J (2016) The Sublime and the Dying: Landscape Aesthetics and Animal Suffering in the Boy’s–Own Fur Trade In Hutchings K & Miller JW (Ed.), Transatlantic Literary Ecologies: Nature and Culture in the Nineteenth-Century Anglophone Atlantic World Ashgate RIS download Bibtex download
  • Hutchings K & Miller J (2016) Introduction: Nineteenth-century transatlantic literary ecologies, Transatlantic Literary Ecologies: Nature and Culture in the Nineteenth-Century Anglophone Atlantic World (pp. 1-21). RIS download Bibtex download
  • Miller J (2015) Zooheterotopias, The Globalization of Space: Foucault and Heterotopia (pp. 149-164). RIS download Bibtex download
  • Miller J (2013) “R. M. Ballantyne and Mr G. O’Rilla: Apes, Irishmen and the1861 Great Gorilla Controversy”. In Miller JW, Lyons P & Maley W (Ed.), Romantic Ireland From Tone to Gonne: Fresh Perspectives on Nineteenth-Century Ireland. (pp. 402-415). Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Publishing. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Miller J (2013) “The ‘Queer Corners of the Soul’: John Buchan and Psychoanalysis" In Macdonald K (Ed.), John Buchan and the Idea of Modernity. (pp. 125-140). Pickering and Chatto RIS download Bibtex download
  • Miller J (2012) “Representation, Race and the Zoological Real in the 1861 Great Gorilla Controversy” In Sullivan J, Plunkett J & Kember J (Ed.), Popular Exhibitions, Science and Showmanship 1840-1910 (pp. 153-166). Pickering and Chatto RIS download Bibtex download
  • Miller J (2009) “The Anarchist’s Garden: Politics and Ecology in John Buchan’s Wastelands", Reassessing John Buchan: Beyond the Thirty-Nine Steps (pp. 193-206). Pickering and Chatto RIS download Bibtex download
  • Miller J (2009) “Animal Magic: Conjury and Power in Colonial Taxidermy” In Colligon F, Millim A & Georganta K (Ed.), The Apothecary’s Chest: Magic, Art and Medication. (pp. 13-22). Cambridge Scholars' Press RIS download Bibtex download
  • Miller J (2007) “The Pornography of Science: Violence, Taxonomy and Desire in the Imperial Hunting Narratives”. In Moffat R & de Klerk E (Ed.), Material Worlds Cambridge Scholars' Press RIS download Bibtex download

Book reviews

Research group

I would be very happy to supervise projects relating to any aspect of my research, particularly animals and/or ecology in Victorian literature and culture, adventure fiction, the Arctic, and the literary representation of tattoos and tattooing.

Teaching activities

I teach mainly in modules on the nineteenth century and in relation to animal studies and ecocriticism. Courses closely related to my research interests include:

  • LIT115: Darwin, Marx, Freud
  • LIT271: Radical Theory
  • LIT275: Literature, Ecology, Capital
  • LIT6045: Humans, Animals, Monsters and Machines from Gulliver’s Travels to King Kong
  • LIT637 Victorian Bodies
Public engagement

I have a strong interest in the links between environmental aesthetics, conceptions of environmental and species value and public policy. I organised open sessions on these and related topics at the conferences Modern Environments: Contemporary Readings in Green Studies at the University of Glasgow in 2007 and Activism, Apocalypse, and the Avant-Garde at the University of Edinburgh in 2008. In 2015, as part of Sheffield’s Festival of Arts and Humanities, I ran a day of events under the title Caring for Sheffield’s Woodlands.