Quentin Miller, PhD

Professor, English

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  • PhD, University of Connecticut
  • MA, The College of William and Mary
  • BA, Boston College



  • James Baldwin in Context. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2019 (under contract).
  • Understanding John Edgar Wideman. Columbia, South Carolina: University of South Carolina Press, 2018.
  • American Literature in Transition, 1980-1990. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2018.
  • The Routledge Introduction to African American Literature. London: Routledge, 2016.
  • “A Criminal Power”: James Baldwin and the Law. Columbus, Ohio: The Ohio State University Press, 2012.
  • Connections: Literature for Composition. (Co-edited, with Julie Nash). Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 2008.
  • The Heath Anthology of American Literature, Fifth, Sixth, and Seventh editions, (Co-edited, with Paul Lauter, et al). Boston: Cengage, 2006, 2010, 2013.
  • Prose and Cons: Essays on Prison Literature in the United States. Jefferson, North Carolina: McFarland Books, 2005.
  • The Generation of Ideas: A Thematic Reader. Boston: Thomson/Wadsworth, 2005.
  • The Heath Anthology of American Literature, Concise Edition, (Co-Edited, with Paul Lauter, et al.). Boston: Houghton-Mifflin, 2004, 2014.
  • Drawing the Iron Curtain: John Updike and the Cold War. University of Missouri Press, 2001.
  • Re-Viewing James Baldwin: Things Not Seen. Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 2000.


  • “Behind Bars: The Current State of U.S. Prison Literature.” In Race and the Twenty-first Century, Michigan State UP (Forthcoming: 2019).
  • “‘And That’s How the Blues Was Born’: Baraka’s Dutchman and Baldwin’s Blues for Mister Charlie in Conversation” In Teaching Baraka’s Dutchman, Modern Language Association, 2018 (147-154).
  • “Fun Home: Annotated Allusions.” In Approaches to Teaching Bechdel’s Fun Home, ed. Judith Gardiner, MLA (Forthcoming: 2018).
  • “All the Clever Young Men.” In Remembering John Updike, ed. Jack DeBellis, McFarland, 2018 (161-167).
  • “Trends in James Baldwin Criticism 2010-2013.” James Baldwin Review, Volume 3, 2017 (186-202).
  • “South By Southeast: James Baldwin in Provence.” Diasporas, Cultures of Mobility, “Race”: African Americans and the Black Diaspora. Montpellier, France: Presses Universitaires de la Méditerranée, 2016 (167-177).
  • “Coda: The Heart of Baldwin,” in The Cambridge Companion to James Baldwin, ed. Michele Elam, Cambridge UP, 2016 (227-230).
  • "Going to Meet James Baldwin in Provence," in The James Baldwin Review, Vol. 1: 2015 (140-151).
  • "Post Cards and Mirrors: Fragmenting Retrospective Vietnam Narrative: Bobbie Ann Mason's In Country and Tim O'Brien's In the Lake of the Woods." Critical Insights: Tim O'Brien, ed. Robert C. Evans. Ipswich, Massachusetts: Salem Press, 2015 (237-253).
  • “The Rock Star’s Responsibility: Privacy, Industry, and Artistry in Novels by DeLillo, Lethem, and Franzen.” In Write in Tune: Contemporary Music in Fiction, ed. Erich Hertz and Jeffrey Roessner. New York: Bloomsbury, 2014 (241-253).
  • “Lost and…Found? James Baldwin’s Script and Spike Lee’s Malcolm X.” In African American Review 46.5: Winter, 2013 (671-685).
  • “Free Men in Paris: The Shared Sensibility of James Baldwin and Ernest Hemingway.” In Hemingway and the Black Renaissance, ed. Gary Holcomb. Columbus, OH: The Ohio State UP, 2012 (120-132).
  • "Separate and Unequal in Paris: Notes of a Native Son and the Law." In James Baldwin: America and Beyond, ed. Cora Kaplan and Bill Schwartz. Ann Arbor: U of Michigan Press, 2011 (159-172).
  • “Vital Visions: Prison Literature and the Law.” In Teaching Literature and the Law. Ed. Cathrine Frank and Matthew Anderson. New York: Modern Language Association, 2010 (189-197).
  • “The Fire Next Time and the Law.” In African American Culture and Legal Discourse, ed. Lovalerie King and Richard Schur. London: Palgrave, 2009 (117-130).
  • “Using the Blues.” In The Oxford Historical Guide to James Baldwin. Ed. Douglas Field. Oxford: Oxford UP, 2009 (83-110).

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    Mondays 12:30 p.m. - 1:00 p.m., 4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. EST

    Wednesdays 12:30 p.m. - 1:00 p.m., 4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. EST

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Courses Taught

  • WRI-101 First-Year Writing I
  • WRI-102 First-Year Writing II
  • WRI-H103 Advanced First Year Writing
  • ENG-154 Bob Dylan and the Beat Generation
  • ENG-218 American Literature Survey II
  • ENG-357 African American Literature
  • ENG-359 Selected African American Writers
  • ENG-360 Early 20th Century American Fiction
  • ENG-361 Contemporary American Fiction
  • ENG-367 Mid-20th Century American Fiction
  • ENG-370 Fiction Writing Workshop
  • SF-194 The Rebirth of Tragedy: Rock Music 1968-1972