Dr John Miller
Senior Lecturer in Nineteenth-Century Literature
BA (Stirling); MPhil PhD (Glasgow)
Room 5.21, Jessop West
I arrived in Sheffield in September, 2012 to take up a lectureship in Nineteenth-Century Literature and was appointed Senior Lecturer in January 2016. I am general secretary of the Association for the Study of Literature and Environment (UK & Ireland): http://asle.org.uk/; co-director of the Sheffield Animal Studies Research Centre and co-editor of Palgrave Studies in Animals and Literature.
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 now working towards my next monograph, Once Upon a Time I was—ALIVE: Fur and Fiction from Cooper to Kafka . Other work currently in progress includes co-edited collections on Henry Rider Haggard; on wolves, werewolves and the gothic; and on animals in detective fiction.
In 2016-17 I will be teaching on:
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 literature and colonialism/postcolonialism/globalization.
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.
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