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Joseph Hillis Miller, Jr. (born March 5, 1928) is an American literary critic who has been heavily influenced by—and who has heavily influenced—deconstruction.Hillis Miller was born in Newport News, Virginia. He is the son of J. Hillis Miller, Sr., a Baptist minister, university professor and administrator who served as the president of the University of Florida. Miller graduated from Oberlin College (B.A. summa cum laude, 1948) and Harvard University (M.A. 1949, Ph.D. 1952). Miller is married and has three children.

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All books by J. Hillis Miller:

Poets of Reality: Six Twentieth Century Writers

Poets of Reality: Six Twentieth Century Writers

A new kind of poetry has appeared in the twentieth century, the author claims, a poetry which, growing out of romanticism and symbolism, goes far beyond it. The old generalizations about the nature and use of poetry are no longer applicable, and it is the gradual emergence of new forms,...
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Speech Acts in Literature

Speech Acts in Literature

Though the founding text of speech act theory, J. L. Austin's How to Do Things with Words , repeatedly expels literature from the domain of felicitous speech acts, literature is an indispensable presence within Austin's book. It contains many literary references but also uses as...
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The Linguistic Moment: From Wordsworth to Stevens

The Linguistic Moment: From Wordsworth to Stevens

These paperback editions preserve the original texts of these important books while presenting them in durable paperback editions. The goal of the Princeton Legacy Library is to vastly increase access to the rich scholarly heritage found in the thousands of books published by Princeton...
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Deconstruction and Criticism

Deconstruction and Criticism

Five essential and challenging essays by leading post-modern theorists on the art and nature of interpretation: Jacques Derrida, Harold Bloom, Geoffrey Hartman, Paul de Man, and J. Hillis Miller.
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Catholicism at the Millennium:: The Church of Tradition in Transition.

Catholicism at the Millennium:: The Church of Tradition in Transition.

Catholicism at the Millennium is a book that grew out of a series of weekly lectures to students and the public at large on the state of the Catholic Church at the millennium. The book looks at the Catholic Church from the perspective of such diverse areas as theology, philosophy, biology,...
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Victorian Subjects

Victorian Subjects

Miller defines the term “Victorian subjects” in more than one sense. The phrase identifies an historical time but also names a concern throughout with subjectivity, consciousness, and selfhood in Victorian literature.
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Topographies

Topographies

This book investigates the function of topographical names and descriptions in a variety of narratives, poems, and philosophical or theoretical texts, primarily from the 19th and 20th centuries, but including also Plato and the Bible. Topics include the initiating efficacy of speech acts,...
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The Disappearance of God: Five Nineteenth-Century Writers

The Disappearance of God: Five Nineteenth-Century Writers

A landmark work of literary criticism by one of the foremost interpreters of nineteenth-century England, The Disappearance of God confronts the consciousness of an absent (though perhaps still existent) God in the writings of Thomas De Quincey, Robert Browning, Emily Bronte, Matthew Arnold, and...
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The Ethics Of Reading: Kant, De Man, Eliot, Trollope, James, And Benjamin

The Ethics Of Reading: Kant, De Man, Eliot, Trollope, James, And Benjamin

Examines texts in which novelists read themselves, discusses the influence of reading on the reader, and explores the relationship between literature and society.
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Ariadne's Thread: Story Lines

Ariadne's Thread: Story Lines

Drawing on the mythical image of Ariadne's thread, J. Hillis Miller traces out the 'line' so often associated with narrative through a wide range of nineteenth- and twentieth-century works. In the process he illuminates the nature of literature as well as the nature of narrative.
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Versions of Pygmalion

Versions of Pygmalion

Miller s controlling image is Ovid s Pygmalion, who made a statue that came alive and whose descendants (the incestuous Myrrha, the bloodied Adonis) then had to bear the effects of what he did. All storytellers can be seen as Pygmalions, creating characters (personification) who must then act,...
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Literature as Conduct: Speech Acts in Henry James

Literature as Conduct: Speech Acts in Henry James

The work of a master critic writing at the peak of his powers, this magisterial book draws on speech act theory, as it originated with J. L. Austin and was further developed by Paul de Man and Jacques Derrida, to investigate the many dimensions of doing things with words in James's fiction.Three...
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Theory Now and Then

Theory Now and Then

Included here are review essays on other theorists’ work: the Geneva Circle including Georges Poulet; Joseph Riddel, Edward Said, Meyer Abrams; and the critics of the “Yale School,” such as Jacques Derrida and others, Paul De Man, Geoffrey Hartman, and Harold Bloom, with whom Miller was...
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Fiction and Repetition: Seven English Novels

Fiction and Repetition: Seven English Novels

His conclusions make a provocative contribution to current debates about narrative theory and about the principles of literary criticism generally. His book is not a work of theory as such, however, and he avoids the technical terminology dear to many theorists; his book is an attempt to...
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Act of the Mind - Essays on the Poetry of Wallace Stevens

Act of the Mind - Essays on the Poetry of Wallace Stevens

In this volume twelve distinguished scholars explore these ideas and their occurrence in Stevens' poems. There are essays by Bernard Heringman, Frank Doggett, Robert Buttel, Samuel French Morse, and Michel Benamou.
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Material Events: Paul de Man and the Afterlife of Theory

Material Events: Paul de Man and the Afterlife of Theory

This interpretation hovers over the publication of this volume, a timely reconsideration of de Man’s late work in its complex literary, critical, cultural, philosophical, political, and historical dimensions. A distinguished group of scholars responds to the problematic of materialism as posed...
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The Disappearance of God: Five Nineteenth-Century Writers

The Disappearance of God: Five Nineteenth-Century Writers

Confronts the consciousness of an absent (though perhaps still existent) God in the writings of Thomas De Quincey, Robert Browning, Emily Bront, Matthew Arnold, and Gerard Manley Hopkins. This title surveys the intellectual and material developments that conspired to cut man off from God.
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Hawthorne and History

Hawthorne and History

The author shows, through a close reading of Hawthorne's The Minister's Black Veil, how a text can offer unsolicited answers and reveal its linguistic ruses to close scrutiny and how such a reading can bear on contemporary debates about canon formation, the university curriculum and the place of...
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Fiction and Repetition: Seven English Novels

Fiction and Repetition: Seven English Novels

He thus sees undecidability as an inherent feature of the novels discussed. His conclusions make a provocative contribution to current debates about narrative theory and about the principles of literary criticism generally.
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Material Events: Paul de Man and the Afterlife of Theory

Material Events: Paul de Man and the Afterlife of Theory

Prominent among the authors here is Jacques Derrida, whose extended essay “Typewriter Ribbon:  Limited Inc (2)” returns to a celebrated episode in Rousseau’s Confessions that was discussed by de Man in Allegories of Reading. The importance of de Man’s late work is related to a broad range of...
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Charles Dickens: The World of His Novels

Charles Dickens: The World of His Novels

Within the totality of Dickens' novels this problem the search for selfhood is stated and restated, until, in the later novels, the answer is found to line in a rejections of the past, the given, and the exterior, and a reorientation toward the future and the free human spirit itself as the only...
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Hawthorne and History

Hawthorne and History

The author shows, through a close reading of Hawthorne's The Minister's Black Veil, how a text can offer unsolicited answers and reveal its linguistic ruses to close scrutiny and how such a reading can bear on contemporary debates about canon formation, the university curriculum and the place of...
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Black Holes / J. Hillis Miller; or, Boustrophedonic Reading

Black Holes / J. Hillis Miller; or, Boustrophedonic Reading

Miller concludes with sections on Trollope and Proust that attempt to show how otherness is exemplified in the work of two fundamentally dissimilar authors. Manuel Asensi's J. Hillis Miller: or, Boustrophedonic Reading is the first comprehensive interpretation of...
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The Swiss Family Robinson

The Swiss Family Robinson

Swept off course by a raging storm, a Swiss pastor, his wife, and their four young sons are shipwrecked on an uncharted tropical island. Thus begins the classic story of survival and adventure that has fired the imaginations of readers since it first appeared in 1812.
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Literature as Conduct: Speech Acts in Henry James

Literature as Conduct: Speech Acts in Henry James

The work of a master critic writing at the peak of his powers, this magisterial book draws on speech act theory, as it originated with J. L. Austin and was further developed by Paul de Man and Jacques Derrida, to investigate the many dimensions of doing things with words in James's fiction.Three...
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The Critical Double: Figurative Meaning in Aesthetic Discourse

The Critical Double: Figurative Meaning in Aesthetic Discourse

While the stated purpose of this work is to redefine a critical methodology, its originality lies in its emphasis on the notion of duality, or doubling, as the essential way to distinguish aesthetic from other forms of discourse. The first two chapters, on metaphor and rhetoric respectively,...
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Illustration

Illustration

Drawing examples from Twain, Gorey, Mallarme, James, Ruskin, Heidegger, Dickens, and Turner, he shows how neither word nor image takes priority in such collaborations; nor is either a mere representation of a pre-existing reality. The transformations wrought by cultural artifacts on their...
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The Linguistic Moment: From Wordsworth To Stevens

The Linguistic Moment: From Wordsworth To Stevens

Originally published in 1987. The Princeton Legacy Library uses the latest print-on-demand technology to again make available previously out-of-print books from the distinguished backlist of Princeton University Press.
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Speech Acts in Literature

Speech Acts in Literature

This book demonstrates the presence of literature within speech act theory and the utility of speech act theory in reading literary works. Though the founding text of speech act theory, J. L. Austin's How to Do Things with Words , repeatedly expels literature from the domain of...
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Black Holes / J. Hillis Miller; or, Boustrophedonic Reading

Black Holes / J. Hillis Miller; or, Boustrophedonic Reading

Each of those opacities is a kind of black hole in the luminosity or enlightenment to which the university has traditionally been dedicated. Miller concludes with sections on Trollope and Proust that attempt to show how otherness is exemplified in the work of two fundamentally dissimilar authors.
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On Literature

On Literature

How do we read literature? These are some of the important questions J. Hillis Miller answers in this beautifully written and passionate book.
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Others

Others

And we gaze at it in the multiple personifications of Heart of Darkness . Each testifies in its own way to the richness and tangible weight of an otherness close at hand.
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On Literature

On Literature

On Literature also asks the crucial question of why literature has such authority over us. Returning to Plato, Aristotle and the Bible, J. Hillis Miller argues we should continue to read literature because it is part of our basic human need to create imaginary worlds and to have stories.
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Bleak House

Bleak House

The litigation, which already has taken many years and consumed between £60,000 and £70,000 in court costs, is emblematic of the failure of Chancery. Though Chancery lawyers and judges criticised Dickens's portrait of Chancery as exaggerated and unmerited, his novel helped to spur an ongoing...
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Reading Narrative

Reading Narrative

Miller demonstrates the uses of multiple narrators, abrupt shifts in syntax (anacoluthon), indirect discourse, interwoven plots, and figures of speech -- including irony, the master trope that is not a trope. His narrative analysis, in which line images function as salient examples.
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The Disappearance of God: Five Nineteenth-Century Writers

The Disappearance of God: Five Nineteenth-Century Writers

Confronts the consciousness of an absent (though perhaps still existent) God in the writings of Thomas De Quincey, Robert Browning, Emily Bront, Matthew Arnold, and Gerard Manley Hopkins. This title surveys the intellectual and material developments that conspired to cut man off from God.
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Illustration

Illustration

Positioning himself in the slippery divide between two highly charged critical approaches--deconstruction and cultural studies--J. Hillis Miller explains why the split occurred and offers, for the first time, an eloquent analysis of the goals and methods of cultural studies. Miller's...
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Others

Others

We perceive otherness in the way that the unseen--and the characters' emotional responses to it--ripples the conservative ideological surface of Howard's End. We sense it as chaos in Schlegel's radical concept of irony.
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Tropes, Parables, and Performatives

Tropes, Parables, and Performatives

The exploration of this turning leads to the recognition that all works of literature are parabolic, “thrown beside” their real meaning. They tell one story but call forth something else.
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Ariadnes Thread: Story Lines

Ariadnes Thread: Story Lines

An exploration of the intricacies of narrative theory. Considering a range of texts from Western literature over the past two centuries, Miller explores the way rhetorical devices and figurative language interrupt, break into, delay and expand storytelling.
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Life Without Water

Life Without Water

By turns wry and heart-rending, this first novel by up-and-coming North Carolina writer Nancy Peacock takes the form of an unvarnished reminiscence of growing up during the cultural craziness of the late '60s and early '70s. Life Without Water parts the heavy curtain drawn closed by the Reagan...

Boudicca

Boudicca

Boudicca is the riveting tragic story of a Celtic queen known as The Mother of Britain, who dared to defy Nero and Challenge the Roman Army. This story is a blend of the available historical facts concerning the famed Iceni Queen, with the mythology in Britain at the beginning of the first...

Off Balance Sheet Finance

Off Balance Sheet Finance

In recent years the capital markets have developed into ever more complex areas, and banks have competed with each other to develop more sophisticated and innovative methods of financing. The pace of this innovation has often outstripped the development of rules for financial reporting. Off...