John Miles

Associate Professor, Director of English Honors Program, Sigma Tau Delta

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B.A., 1998, Trinity University
M.A., 2002, University of Arizona
Ph.D., 2009, Duke University

Academic Summary

Dr. Miles specializes in early American literature, in particular how narratives of and about early America produce community allegiance and identity, be those affiliations in the pre-national space of colonial New England, or in the young United States. Dr. Miles teaches surveys of early American literature at the undergraduate and graduate levels, as well classes on the early American novel, dystopian fiction, the American Western, and the history of the book in America. He is currently at work on a book manuscript titled "The Secular History of a Sacred Space: Narrating Community in Seventeenth-Century New England" about the evolution of historical thought in colonial New England.

Select Publications

  • "Thomas Morton and the Critique of Puritan Intolerance." Colonial Era to the 19th Century in American Literature. Ed. Laura A. Leibman. Farmington Hills, MI: Gale, 2016. Web.
  • "Science Fiction and Fantasy." A History of Virginia Literature. Ed. Kevin Hayes. New York: Cambridge UP, 2015. Print.
  • "Captured by Genre: Mary Rowlandson's Western Imagination on the Nineteenth-Century Frontier." Before the West Was West: Pre-1800 Western American Literature. Eds Amy Hamilton and Tom Hillard. Lincoln, NE: U of Nebraska P, 2014. 109-153. Print.
  • "'It's all f***ing amalgamation and capital, ain't it?': Deadwood, the Pinkertons, and Westward Expansion." The Last Western: Deadwood and the End of American Empire. Eds. Paul Stasi and Jennifer Greiman. New York: Continuum, 2012. 62-82. Print. Co-author Jeffrey Scraba.
  • "Melville's America: The United States in the Mid-Nineteenth Century." Critical Insights on Herman Melville. Ed. Eric Link. Ipswich, MA: Salem, 2012. 25-43. Print."Those We Don't Speak Of: Indians in The Village." PMLA 123:2 (March 2008). Co-authors Lauren Coats, Matt Cohen, Kinohi Nishikawa, and Rebecca Walsh.