Faculty

William Miller

Assistant Professor
PhD, Johns Hopkins

410 Morey Hall
(585) 275-2574
william.miller@rochester.edu

Research Overview

William Miller specializes in seventeenth- and eighteenth-century literature and its links to history, philosophy, and religion. His current book project, Counter-Enthusiasms: The Rationalization of False Prophecy in the Early English Enlightenment, argues that unlicensed popular prophesying in the mid-seventeenth century necessitated a thorough revision of the link between revelation and political legitimacy resulting in new notions of language and rationality. His scholarship has appeared or is forthcoming in journals including New Literary History, Renaissance Drama, and Studies in Philology.

Selected Publications

  • "Enlivened Generalities: Truism in Mill and Dewey," New Literary History 47.4 (Winter 2016)
  • "Macabre Vitality: Texture and Resonance in The Duchess of Malfi," Renaissance Drama 43.2 (Summer 2015)
  • "Robert Herrick's Counter-Epithalamia," Studies in Philology (forthcoming)

Teaching

  • Great Books: Welcome to a Strange New Place; Milton; The Bible in English; What Is Tragedy?