Cristanne Miller

Cristanne Miller (born 1953) is Edward H. Butler Professor of English and Chair of the Department at the University at Buffalo in New York. She received her PhD in 1980 from the University of Chicago, and was for many years the W.M. Keck Distinguished Service Professor at Pomona College. Since 2006 she has taught at the University at Buffalo, where she is Edward H. Butler Professor of English and SUNY Distinguished Professor. She has served editor of the ''Emily Dickinson Journal'' for a decade and as President of the Emily Dickinson International Society.

Miller established her reputation as a foremost scholar of Emily Dickinson with the publication in 1987 of ''Emily Dickinson: A Poet's Grammar''. Martha Nell Smith reviewed the book enthusiastically, calling Miller an "exciting reader" of Dickinson with "close and thoughtful interpretation" and a view of the poems as "communicative, not solipsistic acts." David Porter praised Miller for showing "readers what is actually at stake in this idiosyncratic verse and maps better than anyone to date the links between the grammatical choices and literary identity." Tom Paulin's review in the ''London Review of Books'' concluded that Cristanne Miller's "densely researched study" offered a "living and contemporary" reading of Dickinson's poems. "Miller works from the assumption that Dickinson sees herself 'oppositionally, defining her position in the world negatively, by distance from some social construct or law'. And Miller shows how those negations have a constructive role." Other reviewers were similarly enthusiastic. She has been fellow at the Free University of Berlin, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the University of Oxford. She currently edits ''The Emily Dickinson Journal'' (2005-).

Miller has published equally extensively on Marianne Moore and modernist poetry, including essays or books on Moore, Mina Loy, Else Lasker-Schuler, Elizabeth Bishop, modernism in New York and Berlin, and gender and modernism. Emma Neale in the ''London Quarterly'' calls her 1996 ''Marianne Moore: Questions of Authority'' "An elegant tribute to a complex style...Gender, race, class and power are subjects which are used [by Miller] convincingly to unearth embedded references to several aspects of social control in the poetry itself." Celeste Goodridge in ''American Literature'' remarks that "the revisionary thrust of this book is important, timely, and a major contribution to Moore studies and the history of modernism." On Miller's more recent ''Cultures of Modernism'', Janet Lyon writes in ''Modernism/modernity'' that it "offers a welcome corrective to the unreflective critical tendency . . . to make broad claims about the historical experiences and cultural conundrums of 'women,' and particularly 'women writers.' Miller offers tour-de-force comparative readings . . . threading together the world-historical with the personal, poetics with the political, and wielding the instruments of scansion as deftly as a surgeon." Miller was President of the Modernist Studies Association in 2006-07.

Other topics on which Miller has published include poetry and theory, American Civil War poetry, women and language, feminism and poetry, and Walt Whitman.
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