The J. Hillis Miller Reader

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This anthology exhibits the diversity, inventiveness, and intellectual energy of the writings of J. Hillis Miller, the most significant North American literary critic of the twentieth century. From the 1950s onward, Miller has made invaluable contributions to our understanding of the practice and theory of literary criticism, the ethics and responsibilities of teaching and reading, and the role of literature in the modern world. He has also shown successive generations of scholars and students the necessity of ...
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Overview


This anthology exhibits the diversity, inventiveness, and intellectual energy of the writings of J. Hillis Miller, the most significant North American literary critic of the twentieth century. From the 1950s onward, Miller has made invaluable contributions to our understanding of the practice and theory of literary criticism, the ethics and responsibilities of teaching and reading, and the role of literature in the modern world. He has also shown successive generations of scholars and students the necessity of comprehending the relationship between philosophy and literature.

Divided into six sections, the volume provides more than twenty significant extracts from Miller’s works. In addition, there is a new interview with Miller, as well as a series of specially commissioned critical responses to Miller’s work by a number of the leading figures in literary and cultural studies today. Following a comprehensive critical introduction by the editor, each section has a brief introduction, directing the reader toward pertinent themes. There is also a comprehensive bibliography and a chronology of Miller’s professional life and activities.

This reader, the first of Miller's work in English, provides an indispensable overview and introduction to one of the most original critical voices to have emerged since the inception of the teaching of English and American literature in universities in the English-speaking world.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780804750554
  • Publisher: Stanford University Press
  • Publication date: 2/3/2005
  • Edition description: 1
  • Pages: 462
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.20 (d)

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Julian Wolfreys is Professor of English at the University of Florida and author of numerous works on nineteenth-century literature and theory.
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Table of Contents

Preface
Introduction : responsibilities of J or, aphorism's other 1
I The ethics of reading
1 The critic as host 17
2 The ethics of narration 38
3 The ethics of reading : vast gaps and parting hours 45
4 Reading telling : Kant 59
Miller's tale 78
To read a picture 82
J. Hillis Miller : Miller's [actual symbol not reproducible] (under erasure) 88
II Victorian interests
5 Emily Bronte 95
6 The creation of the self in Gerard Manley Hopkins 121
7 Hardy 140
The critic as Orpheus 156
Hillis among the Victorians 159
III Twentieth-century occasions
8 Mrs. Dalloway : repetition as the raising of the dead 169
9 Franz Kafka and the metaphysics of alienation 185
10 Wallace Steven's poetry of being 199
'Poised in their irreconciliation' : literary loss and recovery in J. Hillis Miller's twentieth-century occasions 214
'When the gods dissolve like clouds' : modernism, modernity, and the space of literature 220
Ghostly preoccupations : response to J. Hillis Miller, 'The ethics of topography : Stevens' 227
IV Practice and theory
11 Line 235
12 How to read literature 251
13 The problematic of ending in narrative 259
14 The function of literary theory at the present time 262
15 What is iterability? 270
16 'Je t'aime' 277
17 A profession of faith 282
How about a game of tennis? 289
Response to J. Hillis Miller, 'A profession of faith' 294
Hillis Miller : Flaneur of the archive 297
V Pedagogical and political commitments
18 Paul de Man's wartime writings 309
19 President's column 317
20 The imperative to teach 326
21 Politicizing art - what are cultural studies? 330
22 Literary study in the transnational university 339
(c)(s)i(gh)ting the ungovernable translation 391
J. Hillis Miller : in print and online 399
Why literature? : a profession : an interview with J. Hillis Miller 405
Bibliography of works by J. Hillis Miller 431
J. Hillis Miller : a brief professional chronology 447
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