Jeff Miller, Ph.D.

Professor of English

Jeff Miller teaches 19th-century American literature and several introductory literature courses. He has published articles on a number of late nineteenth- and early twentieth-century authors, including Mark Twain, Charles Chesnutt, and Pauline Hopkins....

Dr. Jeff Miller

Contact Information

  • Robinson House, Room 206
  • Spring 2018
    Tuesday: 12:30 p.m.-1:30 p.m.
    Wednesday: 1:15 p.m.-3:15 p.m.
    Tuesday: 12:30 p.m.-1:30 p.m.

  • 509-313-6676
  • Visit my website

Education & Curriculum Vitae

Ph.D., University of Cincinnati

M.A., University of Cincinnati

B.A., Indiana University - Purdue University at Indianapolis

Courses Taught

ENGL 102: Introduction to Literature

ENGL 202: Studies in Fiction

ENGL 230: Survey of American Literature

ENGL 240: African American Literature

ENGL 413: 19th-Century American Novel

ENGL 455: American Realism & Naturalism

ENGL 466: Melville & His World


Jeff Miller teaches 19th-century American literature and several introductory literature courses. He has published articles on a number of late nineteenth- and early twentieth-century authors, including Mark Twain, Charles Chesnutt, and Pauline Hopkins. He is currently working on a book about citizenship in 1890s American literature.

Articles & Book Chapters

“Toward a Usable Dialect: Charles Chesnutt’s Language in the Classroom.” Approaches to Teaching Charles Chesnutt. Ed. Susanna Ashton & Bill Hardwig. MLA Press, 2017.

“‘By and By I was Smitten with the Silver Fever’: Literary Veins in Roughing It.” Mark Twain & Money: Language, Capital, and Culture. Ed. Henry Wonham and Lawrence Howe. U of Alabama P, 2017.

“‘All Hail My Royal Ancestors’: Civic Virtue and Black Nationalism in Pauline Hopkins’s Of One Blood.” Reclaiming Home, Remembering Motherhood, Redefining History: African American and Afro-Carribean Women’s Literature in the Twentieth Century. Ed. Verena Theile and Marie Drews. Newcastle upon Tyne, UK: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2009.

“‘It Was a Pretty High Title’: Kantian Ethics in A Connecticut Yankee” American Literary Realism 41 (2009): 263-77. Reprint: Children’s Literature Review 156 (Sept. 2010): 157-66.

“‘A Desolate, Shabby Home’: Rebecca Harding Davis, Margret Howth, and Domestic Ideology.” ATQ 17 (2003): 259-78.

“Redemption through Violence: White Mobs and Black Citizenship in Albion Tourgée’s A Fool’s Errand.” Southern Literary Journal 35 (2002): 14-27.

Book Reviews (last two years only)

Review of The Literature of Reconstruction: Not in Plain Black and White, by Brook Thomas. Choice Reviews 54.08 (April 2017): 1168.

Review of Faulkner and the Black Literatures of the Americas: Faulkner and Yoknapatawpha, 2013, ed. By Jay Watson and James Thomas. Choice Reviews 54.07 (March 2017): 1013.

Review of The Routledge Introduction to American Modernism, by Linda Wagner-Martin. Choice Reviews 54.05 (January 2017): 714.

Review of The Historian’s Huck Finn: Reading Mark Twain’s Masterpiece as Social and Economic History, by Ranjit Dighe. Choice Reviews 54.04 (December 2016): 536.

Review of The Essex and the Whale: Melville’s Leviathan Library and the Birth of Moby-Dick, by R. D. Madison. Choice Reviews 54.02 (October 2016): 208.

Review of Literature in the Making: A History of U.S. Literary Culture in the Long Nineteenth Century, by Nancy Glazener. Choice Reviews 53.09 (May 2016): 1328.

Review of Nineteenth-Century American Literature and the Long Civil War, by Cody Marrs. Choice Reviews 53.07 (March 2016): 1021.

Review of Melville in His Own Time, ed. by Steven Olsen-Smith. Choice Reviews 53.05 (January 2016): 742.

Review of American Terror: The Feeling of Thinking in Edwards, Poe, and Melville, by Paul Hurh. Choice Reviews 53.03 (November 2015): 419.

Review of American Writers and the Approach of World War II, 1930-1941, by Ichiro Takayoshi. Choice Reviews 53.02 (October 2015): 244.

Review of William Faulkner in Context, by John Matthews. Choice Reviews 52.12 (August 2015): 2019.

Review of The Selected Letters of Langston Hughes, by Langston Hughes. Ed. By Arnold Rampersad and David Roessel with Christa Fratantoro. Choice Reviews 52.11 (July 2015): 1840.

Review of Huck Finn’s America: Mark Twain and the Era that Shaped His Masterpiece, by Andrew Levy. Choice Reviews 52.10 (June 2015): 1655.