Andrew H. Miller

Professor of English

Indiana University, Bloomington

Andrew H. Miller's writing and teaching respond to the ways that literary form makes interesting trouble for a range of other fields of thought, including moral philosophy, psychology, and history. He was trained as a Victorianist and his first book, Novels Behind Glass, concerned the interplay between narrative form and the commodity culture of that period. More recently this preoccupation with literary form (and especially fundamental matters of perspective and orientation) has led him to consider the means by which novels frame our conceptions of particular ethical problems—and led him as well to study topics in moral psychology, including helplessness, knowingness, shame, and envy. Many of these interests are gathered together in The Burdens of Perfection, which aims to evoke and analyze the continuing powers, alluring and repellant, of nineteenth century moral perfectionism. He is exploring others in his current project, which is titled On Not Being Someone Else.

He regularly teaches graduate courses on academic writing and critical methodology; his undergraduate teaching includes courses on the novel and on children’s literature. Finally, much of his time is spent as a co-editor of the journal Victorian Studies and directing IU’s Victorian Studies Program.