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Renata K. Miller

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Renata K. Miller

Associate Professor

NAC 6/234
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Before becoming chair of English at City College of New York, I served as director of the MA in Literature, director of Freshman English, associate academic director of the Kaye Scholars Program, and deputy chair of English.  I am currently completing a book manuscript titled “Playing Her Part: The Victorian Novel, Theater, and the Actress,” and my essay “Nineteenth-Century Theatrical Adaptations of Novels: The Paradox of Ephemerality” is forthcoming in The Oxford Handbook of Adaptation Studies, edited by Tom Leitch.  I am also engaged in research on the Independent Theatre Society and its avant-garde influence in English fin de siècle culture, and some of my students’ research pertaining to this subject can be found at  Currently, While I regularly mentor student work on any area of Victorian literature and culture, at this time I particularly welcome student projects on various topics in the area of English literature and culture of the 1890s.


A.B., Princeton University
M.A., Ph.D., Indiana University


Recent Reinterpretations of Stevenson’s Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde: Why and How This Novel Continues to Affect Us.  Lewiston, New York: The Edwin Mellen Press, 2005.
“Victorian Science Fiction.”  Blackwell Encyclopedia of Victorian Literature.  Ed. Dino Franco Felluga, Pamela K. Gilbert, and Linda K. Hughes.  Oxford: Blackwell Publishers, 2015. Peer-reviewed, commissioned contribution.

“Elizabeth Robins.”  Blackwell Encyclopedia of Victorian Literature.  Ed. Dino Franco Felluga, Pamela K. Gilbert, and Linda K. Hughes.  Oxford: Blackwell Publishers, 2015. Peer-reviewed, commissioned contribution.

“1893: The Independent Theatre and the Cultural Work of Drama Criticism.”  BRANCH: Britain, Representation, and Nineteenth-Century History.  Ed. Dino Franco Felluga.  Extension of Romanticism and Victorianism on the Net.  January 2013.  Web.  Peer-reviewed, commissioned contribution.

“A Mid-Career Feminist Reflection: In An Era of Increasing Contingency and Devaluing of the Humanities, We Should Take a Moment to Reconsider the Meaning of Activism.”  Academe 97 (January-February 2011), 27-29.

“The Katy Perry-Elmo Dust-up is about Sexualization.”  Web.  30 September 2010.

T. W. Robertson’s CasteThe Encyclopedia of Modern Drama.  Columbia University Press, 2007.

Harley Granville-Barker’s WasteThe Encyclopedia of Modern Drama.  Columbia University Press, 2007.

“Child Killers and the Competition between the Late Victorian Theater and the Novel.”  MLQ 66.2 (June 2005).  197-226.  (One of three 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.

“Finishing the Dissertation.”  The Chronicle of Higher Education Career Network.  In print and on the web at:  1 April 2003.

“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.

Review essay.  Reid, Julia.  Stevenson, Science, and the Fin de Siècle.  (New York: Palgrave, 2006).  Reed, Thomas L., Jr.  The Transforming Draught: Jekyll and Hyde, Robert Louis Stevenson, and the Victorian Alcohol Debate.  (Jefferson, NC: McFarland and Company, 2006).  Journal of Victorian Culture 13 (Autumn 2008): 334-39.

Newey, Katherine.  Women’s Theatre Writing in Victorian Britain.  (Houndmills, Basingstoke, Hampshire and New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2005).  Victorian Studies 49 (Winter 2007).

Allen, Emily.  Theater Figures: The Production of the Nineteenth-Century British Novel (Columbus: Ohio University Press, 2003).  Victorian Studies 46 (Spring 2004): 542-44.
Courses Taught

I teach courses on Victorian literature and theater, science (in) fiction of the Victorian period, modern appropriations and uses of the Victorian period, literature of the fin de siècle, women writers, sensation and melodrama, and, occasionally, theater history.


Research Interests

Primary Fields of Research:

The Victorian Novel
Victorian Theater
Victorian Feminism and the Suffragettes
Contemporary Adaptations of Victorian Literature


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