I study the Victorian novel, literature and religion, theories of narrative, and the history of printing.
…Women’s Popular Novels. Cambridge University Press, 1997.
Blackwell Companion to Sensation Fiction. Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell, 2011. Edited collection.
Rhoda Broughton, Cometh Up as a Flower, Broadview Press, 2010. Scholarly and teaching edition of Victorian novel: introduction, edited text, notes, appendices.
Imagined Londons. SUNY Press, 2002. Edited collection.
Encyclopedia of Victorian Literature. 4 volumes. Blackwell. Coedited (Dino Felluga, Editor: Pamela Gilbert and Linda Hughes; Co…
Victorian novel, history of medicine, medical humanities, gender, popular fiction
…“Thomas Hardy’s Groundwork,” forthcoming in PMLA
“Revolutions of the Ordinary: Victorian Studies and the Turn to Ordinary Language,” Victorian Literature and Culture,” 2019
Bad Logic: Reasoning about Desire in the Victorian Novel, Johns Hopkins UP, 2018
“Let Them Be: Dickens’s Stupid Politics,” Dickens Studies Annual, 2015
“George Eliot’s Vagueness,” Victorian Studies, 2014
“Because I Do: Trollope, Tautology, and Desire,” ELH, 2013…
I specialize in the Victorian novel, literature and philosophy, gender and sexuality, and psychoanalysis. My first book, Bad Logic: Reasoning about Desire in the Victorian Novel, was published by Johns Hopkins UP in Spring 2018.
Victorian novels, popular fiction, material culture, marriage plot, women’s writing.
British Literature, Long 19th Century, Gender and Women’s Studies, Economic Criticism, Victorian Novel
Victorian, 19th-Century Literature and Culture, Cognition and the Arts, the Novel. Thinking without Thinking in the Victorian Novel (2012)(corrected and revised version in preparation).
I am interested primarily in the nineteenth-century French novel and short story and specifically in the fin-de-siècle comic. Other areas of interest include representations of economic relations in the realist and naturalist novel, the novel in Quebec, and the Victorian novel.
I received my MFA at Washington University in Saint Louis and my Ph.D. in English, with Creative-Writing dissertation, at University of Tennessee where I am a post-doctoral lecturer. I study poetics and the Victorian Novel with an emphasis on place, the environment, and labor. My articles have appeared in Dickens Studies Annual and George Eliot-George Henry Lewes Studies. My fiction and poetry explore the rural landscape and labor, subjects I see as underrepresented in contemporary writing.
…finalists for the Interdisciplinary Nineteenth-Century Studies Essay Prize for 2005.)
“The Exceptional Woman and Her Audience: Armgart, Performance, and Authorship.” The George Eliot Review (2004). 38-45.
“Imagined Audiences: The Novelist and the Stage.” The Blackwell Companion to the Victorian Novel. Ed. Patrick Brantlinger and W. B. Thesing. Oxford: Blackwell Publishers, 2002. 207-24. Commissioned contribution.
Commissioned Book Reviews
Katherine Cockin, ed. Ellen Terry, Spheres of Influence. London: Pickering and Chatto, 2011). Victorian Studies 54 (Summer 2012): 746-48.
Renata Kobetts Miller is professor of English at the City College of New York, where she also serves as Deputy Dean of Humanities and the Arts. Her book The Victorian Actress in the Novel and on the Stage was published by Edinburgh University Press in November. She is also the author of a book on adaptations of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, and her work on Victorian fiction and theater has appeared in MLQ, BRANCH, and the Oxford Handbook of Adaptation Studies, among other places. She is currently working on two projects: one on the Independent Theatre Society of the 1890s, and the other on interdisciplinarity in the Victorian novel.
Novel, critical theory, Victorian Studies.