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Michael Millner

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Michael MillnerAssociate Professor, Co-Director of American Studies
  • CollegeCollege of Fine Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
  • DepartmentEnglish
  • Phone(978) 934-4183
  • EmailMichael_Millner@uml.edu

Research Interests

American Studies; a globally oriented American Literary Studies (especially of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries); Political & Critical Theory; Public Humanities & Digital Humanities; Gender & LGBQ Studies

Education

  • Ph D: English, (2002), University of Virginia - Charlottesville, VA
  • MA: English and Modern Studies, (1997), University of Virginia - Charlottesville, VA
  • BA, (1990), Princeton University - Princeton, NJ

Awards and Honors

  • Junior Fellow - University of Virginia Society of Fellows
  • University of Chicago Society of Fellows - University of Chicago
  • English Department Teaching Excellence Award (2008), Teaching - University of Massachusetts Lowell
  • University of Virginia English Department Dissertation Fellowship (2000) - University of Virginia
  • University of Virginia English Department Graduate Teaching Award (1999) - University of Virginia
  • Dupont Fellowship (1998)
  • Forsmann Research Grant (1998) - University of Virginia Society of Fellows

Publications

  • Millner, M. (2013) "The Ends of Identity Politics and the Case of King Kong," Arizona Quarterly: A Journal of American Literature, Culture, and Theory 69:4 pp. 111-132
  • Millner, M. (2012) "Fever Reading: Affect and Reading Badly in the Early American Public Sphere," U of New Hampshire P pp. xxii, 188 pp.
  • Millner, M. (2011) "The Senses of Reading Badly: The Example of Antebellum "Obscene Reading."," ESQ: A Journal of the American Renaissance 57:3 pp. 275
  • Millner, M. (2005) "Post Post-Identity," American Quarterly 57:2 pp. 541-554
  • Millner, M. (2005) "So Black and Blue: Ralph Ellison and the Occasion of Criticism," American Quarterly 57:2 pp. 541
  • Millner, M. (2005) "The Shape of the Signifier: 1967 to the End of History," American Quarterly 57:2 pp. 541
  • Millner, W.M. (2002) "Intimate Publics: Sexual Vice, Mass Culture, and the Transformation of the Antebellum U.S. Public Sphere," Dissertation Abstracts International 63:6 pp. 2285-2285
  • Millner, M. (2002) "The Fear Passing the Love of Women: Sodomy and Male Sentimental Citizenship in the Antebellum City," Arizona Quarterly: A Journal of American Literature, Culture, and Theory 58:2 pp. 19-52

Presentations

  • The Casino and the Museum: Plimoth Plantation, the Wampanoag, and the Effects of Neoliberal Sovereignty, November 2013 - Washington, D.C.
  • On Jack Kerouac's 'On The Road' - BBC 5 'Up All Night' Programme, September 2012
  • Notes on Re-Occupying the Past, Digitally - Digital Frontiers Conference, September 2012
  • Scandal! Sensation! Seduction! Fever Reading in the Past and the Present - Spring Speakers Series, May 2012 - Boston, MA
  • Digits, Data, and Dilemmas: Digitization and Knowledge Production in Nineteenth-Century American Literary Studies, April 2012 - Berkeley, CA
  • Making Tribal Culture and History Public: The Wampanoag, Professional Historians, and Plimoth Plantation - New England American Studies Association Conference, November 2011 - Plymouth, MA
  • The Psychoeconometrics of Happiness; or, Depressed? Maybe It's... - Faculty Research Series in FAHSS, October 2011 - Lowell, MA
  • The Senses of Reading Badly in the Nineteenth Century: The History of the Book, Affect Theory, and Imagining Future Methodologies - C19: The Society for Nineteenth Century Americanists, May 2010 - Penn State University
  • Print Culture and Antebellum Scandal, November 2008 - Santa Fe, NM
  • How to Be Gay in the 21st Century: Anti-Identity Arguments and the Future of Sexual Politics, November 2007 - Providence, RI
  • The Labor of the Negative: Depression and Neoliberalism - American Studies Association Conference, October 2007 - Philadelphia, PA
  • King Kong Returns: From the New Deal to Neoliberalism - Salon Talk, February 2007 - Lowell, MA
  • Terror & Torture, September 2006 - University of Southern Maine, Portland, ME
  • Cultural Studies and Public-Sphere Theory - Masters of Humanities Program, July 2006 - Dartmouth, NH
  • The State of the State - Midwest Modern Language Association Conference, November 2005 - Minneapolis, MN
  • The Space of the Public Sphere: The Example of the Antebellum Sporting Press, November 2005 - Washington, D.C.
  • Literacy, Emotion, and Antebellum Reading Publics, November 2004 - Atlanta, GA
  • Manhattan Harems: Class and Middle-Eastern Exotica in Antebellum Mass Culture - Nineteenth-Century American Section Panel, Modern Language Association Conference, 2003 - New York
  • Does Liberalism Have Feelings? - Narrative: An International Conference, March 2003 - Berkeley, CA
  • The 'Fegee Mermaid' and Melville: 'Exotics' in Antebellum Manhattan - American Studies Association Conference, November 2002 - Houston, TX
  • Queer Historiography Before the Great Divide - Queer Scholarship Lecture Series, December 2001
  • Intimate Publics: Sensationalism and White Heterosexuality in Antebellum America - American Studies Association Conference, November 2001 - Washington, D.C.
  • Pornography and the Public Sphere in Antebellum New York - Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association Annual Conference, March 2001 - Philadelphia, PA
  • Sensational Subversions in the Antebellum City - Southern American Studies Association Conference, February 2001 - Atlanta, GA
  • Sentimental Citizenship and Calamus Love - The Many Cultures of Walt Whitman Conference, November 1998 - Camden, NJ
  • T.S. Eliot in the Museum Gift Shop: Tradition, the Canon, and Pop Culture in the 'Waste Land' - Midwest Modern Language Association Conference, November 1997 - Chicago, IL
  • Rorty's Romance of the Future and Derrida's Specters of the Past - Midwest Modern Language Association Conference, November 1996 - Minneapolis, MN