Dr David Miller is senior lecturer in the Department of English Literature, at Manchester Metropolitan University and is the general editor of the Journal of Literature and Trauma Studies. His publications include a monograph on poetry and philosophy and articles dealing with critical theory and poetry. His most recent publication is a study of the poetic undercurrents in the work of Ernst Bloch for Duke University Press (SIC Series) and a forthcoming mongraph on Keats and the poetics of loss.
He is currently working on a monograph on poetry, trauma and memory.
I have taught at universities in Rome, Edinburgh and Paris and this wider cultural experience informs my approach to both undergradaute and graduate teaching.
I have a keen interest in Italian and Russian history and culture.
I maintain an interest in the sport of boxing, its history and also in high quality boxing journalism and writing by writers such as A.J. Leibling, Mailer, Pearce Egan and Joyce Carol Oats and so on.
1995-2000 PhD, Bakhtin Centre, Humanities Research Institute, University of Sheffield, British Academy funded.
1991-1994 B.A. Hons, English Literature, (1:1) First Class, Dept. of English Literature, University of Sheffield
2011- 2012 Fellow, Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities, University of Edinburgh
2009-2011 Lecturer in Nineteenth Century Literature, Department of English Studies, University of Stirling
English, Russian and Italian
My research centres on the literature and poetry of the later eighteenth and early nineteenth century and the interplay of poetry, philosophy, and cultural commentary during this period. My work on lyric poetry and melancholy has moved towards research and publication in trauma theory and the relationship of memory, trauma and poetic language. This work is unusual in that it seeks to locate certain configurations of trauma prior to the twentieth century and in fact sees later catastrophes as an intensification and extension of earlier repressive and cataclysmic models and practices.
A second book manuscript, Being Lost: Keats and the Poetics of Trauma, is currently in preparation.
I am the founding and general editor of the Journal of Literature and Trauma Studies. Information in repect to submissions and copies of the Journal can be accesed here http://www.jlts.stir.ac.uk/ .
I collaborate with the English Department at the University of Macau, China.
With Poetry and Philosophy: Four Dialogic Studies-—Wordsworth, Browning, Hopkins, and Hardy (Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2007)
Literature and National Identity, ed. with Dr Lucia Aiello, Journal of Philosophical Studies (Napoli: Edizioni Scientifiche Italiane, 1-2 2004).
‘Poetry after Auschwitz: Reconsiderations’ Companion to Holocaust Literature, (London: Continuum Books), edited by Jenni Adams (March 2014)
'Impossible Histories: Adorno and Lyric' in The Future of Testimony: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Witnessing (Routledge, 2014)
“Dante and Marx: Allegory and Reading in Ernst Bloch’s Principle of
Hope” Duke University Press’ for SIC series (2013), with Slavoj Zizek and Peter Thomson
“Auerbach's Purgatory: Poetic Language, Ethics and the Prepon” in Rethinking
Mimesis. Concepts and Practices of Literary Representation (Cambridge Scholars
Press, July, 2013).
“Allegory, Melancholy and Memory”, Memory Studies, pp.1-17, SAGE, Spring, 2012)
‘In some shut convent place’: The Question of Stevenson’s Children’s Poetry’, pp.214-234, Vol.8, 2012, Journal of Stevenson Studies
“The Arbitrary and the Absolute: Versions of Poetic Meaning in Wordsworth and Milton”, Imaginaires, Order
and Chaos (EPURE-Editions et Presses Universitaires de Reims, Vol. 12, 2010)
“Adorno and Lukacs: Some Co-ordinates for the Scottish Literary Tradition,” in G. Carruthers, D. Goldie,
A. Renfrew (Eds.), Beyond Scotland: New Contexts for Twentieth-Century Scottish Literature (New York and Amsterdam: Rodopi Press, 2004), 133-150.
“The Prosaic Sublime: Wordsworth’s Essays upon Epitaphs and Kant’s Critiques”, in Anna Maria
Sportelli (ed.), Aesthetics, Philosophy and Politics, Journal of Romantic Studies (Napoli:
Liguori Editore, 10, 2003), 27-39.
May 2015, The Centenary Keats Conference, Guy's Hospital, London, 'Keats and the Poetics of Absolute Dismemberment'.
Aug, 2012, Plenary Speaker, Literature and Suffering, International Seminar, University of Macau, China,
‘Lyric and the Voice of Catastrophe’, ‘Future of Memory Studies’, Department of English, University of Salford
Feb, 2011 Invitation,
‘The Future of Memory Studies’ and ‘English Literature and the Death of God’, invited
lecture, Centre for Literature and Trauma, University of Ghent
Aug, 2010 Poetry,
Allegory, and Prepon: A Poetics of Real Possibility', Mimesis and Ethics Conference, University of Helsinki
Nov, 2011, Poetry and Theories of Civil Society in the Eighteenth Century, Department of English Studies,
University of Durham
I have served as organiser, fund raiser and chair of sessions for two international conferences in Rome
and I am was principal organiser of the 5th International Poetry and Melancholia conference at Stirling.
“Unwritten Laws” a Review of
Ambrosini and Drury's European Stevenson is in currently press and forthcoming with Scottish
Literary Review, 2013.
“Cities of Metaphor” a review essay of The Edinburgh Companion to
Robert Louis Stevenson, Penny Fielding (Ed), is in currently in press and forthcoming with the Scottish Literary Review,
Consultant for Berghahn Books, New York
Consultant on trauma and literature for Routledge