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David Lee Miller

Title: Carolina Distinguished Professor Emeritus
Department: English Language and Literature
College of Arts and Sciences
Resources: Curriculum Vitae [pdf]
English Language and Literature


Ph.D., University of California, Irvine, 1979

Areas of Specialization 

English Renaissance Literature

Recently Taught Courses 

ENGL 283 – Themes in British Literature
ENGL 405 – Shakespeare's Comedies and Romances
ENGL/CPLT 381 – The Renaissance
ENGL 710 – Love, Lust, and God in Elizabethan Poetry
SCHC 351O – The Trial of Othello, the Moor of Venice, for the Murder of the Beauteous Desdemona. Video about the course.

Professional Accolades 

  • N.E.H. Digital Humanities Implementation Award (co-P.I. Song Wang), 2012-2014.
  • Michael A. Hill Award for Outstanding Faculty Member, University of South Carolina Honors College (2012-2013)
  • Teacher of the Year, Department of English, USC (2008-2009).
  • Ringler Fellow, Huntington Library (June, 2008).
  • N.E.H. Scholarly Editions grant (collaborative; P.I. Joseph Loewenstein), 2007-20012.
  • N.E.H. Fellow, 2006-2007.
  • Harry Ransom Humanities Center Research Fellowship, University of Texas at Austin, 2003, 2005.
  • "Great Teachers" Award, given by the University of Kentucky Alumni Association, 2002.
  • EGSO Most Outstanding English Professor, 1998-99, given by the University of Kentucky English Graduate Student Organization.
  • Guggenheim Fellowship, 1994-95.

Current Research Projects 

"The Collected Works of Edmund Spenser." General Editor, with Patrick Cheney, Joseph Loewenstein, Elizabeth Fowler, and Andrew Zurcher. A new scholarly edition in three volumes, under contract to Oxford University Press for the Oxford English Texts Series. I am currently preparing text and commentary for the first edition of The Faerie Queene (1590) for volume II. We are at the same time building a digital archive for the study and teaching of Spenser's work.

Selected Publications 


“The Voice of Caesar’s Wounds,” in Forms of Association: Making Publics in Early Modern Europe, edited by Paul Yachnin and Marlene Eberhart, forthcoming from the University of Massachusetts Press (8,850 words).

“The Allegory of Chastity.” 2014 Kathleen Williams Lecture, forthcoming in Spenser Studies XXIX (2014) (6,550 words).


Dreams of the Burning Child: Sacrificial Sons and the Father's Witness, Cornell University Press, 2003. 

The Poem's Two Bodies: The Poetics of the 1590 "Faerie Queene", Princeton University Press, 1988.

A Touch More Rare: Harry Berger, Jr., and the Arts of Interpretation, Fordham University Press, 2009. 

The Production of English Renaissance Culture, Collection by David Lee Miller, Sharon O'Dair, and Harold Weber, Cornell University Press, 1994

Approaches to Teaching Spenser's Faerie Queene, Collection by David Lee Miller and Alexander Dunlop, Modern Language Association, 1994. 

After Strange Texts: The Role of Theory in the Study of Literature, Collection by Gregory S. Jay and David Lee Miller, University of Alabama Press, 1985

A Neglected Source for the Mortdant and Amavia Episode in The Faerie Queene,” Notes and Queries, New Series 61.2 (June, 2014): 229-31.

"Improper Nouns: A Response to Marshall Grossman," in Shakespeare and Donne: Cultural Hybrids in the Cultural Imaginary, ed. Judith H. Anderson and Jennifer Vaught, forthcoming from Fordham University Press.

"Dan Edmund Meets the Romantics," in Edmund Spenser's Poetry, Norton Critical Edition, ed. Anne Lake Prescott and Andrew Hadfield. Fourth edition. Norton, 2013.

"Laughing at Spenser's Daphnaida." Spenser Studies: A Renaissance Poetry Annual 26 (2011): 211-19."Fowre Hymnes, Prothalamion." The Oxford Handbook of Edmund Spenser, ed. Richard A. McCabe. Oxford University Press, 2010, 293-313.

"Building a Spenser Archive - One Scan at a Time." Duke University Libraries 20: 2/3 (2007), 14-19.

"Gender, Justice, and the Gods in The Faerie Queene, Book 5." In Reading Renaissance Ethics, ed. Marshall Grossman. Routledge, 2007, 19-37.

"The Faerie Queene, 1590" in A Critical Companion to Spenser Studies, ed. Bart van Es. New York: Palgrave, 2006, 139-165.

"The Father's Witness: Patriarchal Images of Boys." Representations 70 (2000): 114-140.

Recent Presentations 

“Into the Library and Back Out Again: The CDH at USC,” Data Driven: Digital Humanities in the Library, College of Charleston, June 21, 2014.

“The Chastity of Allegory,” Kathleen Williams Lecture, 49th International Congress of Medieval Studies, Western Michigan University, May 2014.

“What’s Happening in the Humanities?” April 18, 2014, Berry College.

“Allegory and Metacognition in The Legend of Temperance,” Reading the Renaissance: A Symposium in Honor of Judith H. Anderson, Indiana University, May 17, 2013.

"Three Things I've Learned from Editing Spenser," inaugural lecture for the University of Maryland Marshall Grossman Lecture Series, September 20, 2012

"Under the Bigtop: What to Do with the Large Lecture," at the USC Center for Teaching Excellence. August 31, 2010. About the seminar

"Spenser: For Free," at the Renaissance Society of America Conference, Venice, Italy. April 8, 2010.

Other Information 

I am Director of the Center for Digital Humanities at South Carolina. Before joining the faculty here in 2004, I taught for ten years at the University of Kentucky and for sixteen years at the University of Alabama, where I founded the Hudson Strode Program in Renaissance Studies in 1990.


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