D. Quentin Miller, PhD

Department of English

Phone: 617-573-8289
Fax: 617-305-1744
Email: qmiller@suffolk.edu 
Office: 8062, 8th Floor, 73 Tremont Street


Fall 2018 Office Hours 

3:00 PM - 4:00 PM Mondays & Wednesdays
1:30 PM- 2:00 PM Tuesdays & Thursdays


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

Selected Publications


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. Unverity 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).

Creative Writing/Miscellaneous

“The Body Painter” (short story), in Every Day Fiction (May 2, 2017).

"Creation, Destruction" (short story), in Best of Microfiction Monday Magazine 2015, Blue Skirt Publishing, 2016 (23)

"Life Without Wishes" (short story), in Every Day FictionI, May 13, 2015. http://www.everydayfiction.com

"Outside" (short story), in Microfiction Monday Magazine, May 4, 2015. http://microfictionmondaymagazine.com. Reprinted in Best of Microfiction Monday Magazine 2015, 22.

"James Baldwin: America's Prophet Resurrected." Cognoscenti, WBUR (NPR Affiliate), February 16, 2015.

"Portrait of the Artist as a Workaholic." Cognoscenti, WBUR (NPR Affiliate), May 14, 2014.

"The Brook Pool" (short story), in Bellevue Literary Review, Vol. 14, No. 1 (Spring, 2014), 102-113.

"Top Ten List" (short story), in Every Day Fiction (August 8, 2013).

"The Trouble with the Other N-Word" in The Chronicle of Higher Education (July 31, 2012).

"Deep in the Brain" (short story) in Spilling Ink Review (Vol. 8, June 1, 2012).

"Myoclonus of the Diaphragm" (short story) in Atticus Review (March 20, 2012). 

"Invisible Citizens: The Rights and Lives of Prisoners," in the ABC-Clio "Enduring Questions: Daily Lives Through History" series, 2011.

"Carney" (short story) in Flashquake (10.3, Spring, 2011: 25-27).

"3 X 2" (short story) Prick of the Spindle (4.4, Dec. 2010).

"On the Road with the Final Four...Writers." The Chronicle of Higher Education, July 19, 2010.

"Of Maus and Men" (Co-authored with Wyatt Bonikowski). The Heath Anthology Blog,
http://www.heathanthology.blogspot.com/ 3/20/10.

"Second Dates, or, Does 'Contemporary' Mean 'Living'?" The Heath Anthology Blog, http://www.heathanthology.blogspot.com/ 11/15/09.

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