Cultural Studies Adjunct: Andrew H. Miller

My 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. I was trained as a Victorianist and my 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 me to consider the means by which novels frame our conceptions of particular ethical problems—and led me 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. I’m exploring others in my current project, which is titled “On Not Being Someone Else.”

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