Dr Meredith Miller

Job title
Senior Lecturer, English & Writing
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Dr Meredith Miller is a literary critic and fiction writer with interest in theories of gender and sexuality, cultural materialism and the history of the novel. Her PhD, from Sussex University, focused on the interaction between mass-market fiction and subcultural identity in lesbian pulp novels of the 1950s and 60s. Miller's short stories have appeared in Stand, Short Fiction, Prole, AltHist and The View from Here. Her forthcoming novel, Little Wrecks, will be published by HarperTeen US in May 2017. A second HarperTeen novel will appear in the spring/summer of 2018. Her literary novel, Whiteness, is also forthcoming.

Her fiction is often described as both lyrical and raw. It focuses on gender, power and human cruelty, and on both celebrating and interrogating a variety of popular narrative forms. Her experience in a broad array of fiction publishing arenas, from small literary to large commercial fiction presses, for both academic and popular audiences, informs her award-winning teaching and postgraduate supervision. Feminine Subjects in Masculine Fiction: Modernity, Will and Desire, 1870-1910 is Dr Miller's most recent academic monograph. It examines the manner in which anxieties about capital, nation and aesthetics are focussed through female characters in this period. At the moment when certain novels began to mark themselves as high art, a preoccupation with gender defines both the subject matter and the development of psychological prose in English-language fiction. The book examines these operations in the work of Wilkie Collins, Anthony Trollope, George Gissing, Henry James and, finally and briefly, James Joyce. An example of Dr Miller's creative/critical work, written for Professor Nicholas Rombes' Requiem 102 project, can be viewed here. The journal Short Fiction, having recently changed hands, has published an online archive of previous issues. The text of Miller's short story '1977, or so' can now be viewed here.

Dogfish, HarperTeen U.S., May 2018.
Little Wrecks,HarperTeen U.S., May 2017.
Whiteness, currently in submission with LBA Books, London and Rights People, New York. 

Short stories:

Ice’ Stand 12(1), Autumn 2013.
The Stiff Heart AltHist 5, January 2013.
The Window’s Wife Prole 6, November 2011.
Thanksgiving The View from Here, 32, February 2011.
1977, or so Short Fiction, Volume 3, 2009.  

Academic Monographs
Feminine Subjects in Masculine Fiction: Modernity, Will and Desire, 1870-1910. Palgrave, 2013.
The Historical Dictionary of Lesbian Literature. Rowman and Littlefield, 2006.  

Edited Collections:
 Guest Editor: Feminist Gaps: Ideology and Practice in Higher Education. Special issue of  Feminist Teacher, Spring 2007.  

Journal and Book Articles
: Tuberculosis and Visionary Sensibility: The Consumptive Body as Masculine Protest in JoAnne Ella Parsons and Ruth Heholt (eds) Victorian Male Bodies. Edinburgh University Press, forthcoming. 
Mystical Nationalism and the Rotten Heart of Empire: The Tangled Trope of Marriage in Daniel Deronda in Carolyn Lambert and Marion Shaw (eds) The Female View, Victorian Women Writers and the Marriage Plot, Routledge, 2017.
Narrating the Sexual Self: Lesbian, Gay and Queer bildungsromane, in Sarah Graham (ed.) A New History of theBildungsroman. Cambridge University Press, 2017. 
“I Don’t Want to be a [White] Girl”: Gender, Race and Resistance in the Southern Gothic’ in Andrew Smith and Diana Wallace (eds) The Female Gothic: New Directions. Palgrave Macmillan, 2009. 
The Feminine Mystique:  Sexual Excess and the Pre-political Housewife, Women: A Cultural Review 16(1) Spring 2005. Secret Agents and Public Victims: The Implied Lesbian Reader, Journal of Popular Culture 35(1) Summer 2001. 
Walking the Walk and Talking the Talk: Ethical Pedagogy in the Multicultural Classroom, Co-authored with Cynthia Hogue and Kimberly Parker, Feminist Teacher 12(2) 1998.  


YearQualificationAwarding body
DPhil English Literature
University of Sussex
MA English and Comparative Literature
Columbia University
University of New Orleans

Research interests

Research interests and expertise

My research interests lie in cultural materialism, theories of gender and sexuality, and the history of the novel across the long 19th century. My DPhil research at University of Sussex focused on mid-20th century mass-market fiction. My most recent monograph, Feminine Subjects in Masculine Fiction: Modernity, Will and Desire, 1870-1910 (Palgrave, 2013), explores the politics of gendered aesthetics during the historical moment leading up to the abjection of fiction's popular audience through the doctrine of high modernism. An active researcher, I also have a broad range of experience teaching English literature at undergraduate and postgraduate levels, and have worked extensively on programme development, research development and at institutional committee level. My involvement with Falmouth University's PhD programme includes various roles in development, supervision and examination. I am an active peer reviewer, enjoying ongoing relationships with Gothic Studies (Manchester University Press);Contemporary Women's Writing (Oxford University Press); Journal of Lesbian Studies (Taylor and Francis); John Wiley and Sons and the Feminist and Women's Studies Association (UK). I am also a published writer of fiction.

Research topics

Cultural Studies
Gender and Sexuality Studies
Literary Studies

Research outputs

Publications and research outputs



Miller, Meredith (2013) Ice. Stand, 12 (1). p. 35. ISSN 0038-9366 Item not available from this repository. 



Miller, Meredith (2009) 1977, or so. Short Fiction, 3. p. 79. ISSN 1755-3474 Item not available from this repository. 



Miller, Meredith (2007) Teaching in the Gaps: Authority, Ideology, and Identity. Feminist Teacher, 18 (1). pp. 1-8. ISSN 0882-4843 



Miller, Meredith (2005) The Feminine Mystique: Sexual Excess and the Pre-political Housewife. Women: A Cultural Review, 16 (1). pp. 1-17. ISSN 0957-4042



Miller, Meredith (2001) Secret Agents and Public Victims: The Implied Lesbian Reader. Journal of Popular Culture, 35 (1). pp. 37-58. ISSN 0022-3840 


Book Chapter


Miller, M (2009) "I Don't Want to be a [White] Girl": Gender, Race and Resistance in the Southern Gothic. In: The Female Gothic: New Directions. Palgrave Macmillan, Basingstoke, Hampshire, UK. ISBN 978-0230222717 Item not available from this repository. 




Miller, Meredith (2013) Feminine Subjects in Masculine Fiction: Modernity, Will and Desire, 1870-1910. Palgrave Macmillan, Basingstoke, Hampshire, UK. ISBN 978-0230355187 Item not available from this repository. 



Miller, Meredith (2006) The Historical Dictionary of Lesbian Literature. Scarecrow Press, USA. ISBN 0810849410 




Presentation of research by special invitation. 'Postwar Lesbians and Pulp Fiction' talk provided at Peninsula Arts, Plymouth University. This talk formed part of the nationally award-winning archive and exhibition project Pride in Our Past, organised by Plymouth University researcher Dr Alan Butler (June 2012).


Address scheduled by special invitation from Professor William Greenslade (UWE English): 'Masculine Sexual Dissidence and the Female Subject: Henry James and E M Forster' Long Nineteenth-Century Network, University of the West of England (December 2011)


By special invitation, 'That Fine-moulded Hand Which was the Symbol of Life Made Perfect: Aesthetics and Desire at the Fin de Siècle.' Fourth International Gissing Society Conference, University of York (March 2011).


By special invitation, panel chair and celebratory address for the 20th anniversary of the Sexual Dissidence MA at Sussex. Dissident Citizenship: Queer Post-colonial Belonging conference, University of Sussex (June 2010)


Special invitation to Faculty Guest seminar series: 'Trollope, the Law and the Psychological' University of Glasgow, Department of English (November 2009).


Conference address: 'Memory and the "Defile of Consciousness": Freud and Narrative Time.' Looking Back on the End of Time: Modernism and Beyond conference, UEA Norwich (September 2009).

Externally funded research grants information

Year startingYear endingProject titleFunderValueCollaboratorsHESA Category
Writing Residency/Workshops
National Trust


Areas of teaching

cultural studies; literary studies; gender and sexuality studies; creative writing

Courses taught

BA(Hons) English & Creative Writing
MA Professional Writing

Professional engagement