Elizabeth Miller

Elizabeth Miller

Position Title
Professor of English

257 Voorhies
Office Hours
Tuesday 3-4, Thursday 10-11

Education and Degree(s)

  • PhD., University of Wisconsin - Madison, 2003
  • M.A., University of Wisconsin - Madison, 1997
  • B.A., Marquette University, 1996


Elizabeth Carolyn Miller joined the UC Davis English department in 2008 and served as Department Chair from 2013-2016. Before coming to Davis, she taught at Ohio University, the University of Michigan, and the University of Oklahoma. Her scholarly interests include nineteenth- and early-twentieth-century British literature and culture, ecocriticism and environmental studies, gender studies, media studies, and radical politics. She published Slow Print: Literary Radicalism and Late Victorian Print Culture with Stanford University Press in 2013, and Framed: The New Woman Criminal in British Culture at the Fin de Siècle with University of Michigan Press in 2008. Her current book project is focused on ecology and capital and is titled "Extraction Ecologies and the Literature of the Long Exhaustion, 1830s-1930s."

Currently Teaching

  • 133 - 19th Century British Literature
  • 252 - Victorian Literature

Current Research 

"Extraction Ecologies and the Literature of the Long Exhaustion, 1830s-1930s" (monograph in progress)

"Teaching William Morris" (co-editor, edited collection under contract, due out 2018)

George Bernard Shaw, Major Political Writings (editor, under contract with Oxford World Classics, due out January 2021)

Publication Spotlight


Slow Print: Literary Radicalism and Late Victorian Print Culture.
Palo Alto, CA: Stanford University Press, 2013.

by Elizabeth Carolyn Miller

Winner of Best Book of the Year for 2013, North American Victorian Studies Association (NAVSA)

Honorable Mention for the 2014 Modernist Studies Association Book Prize

"Slow Print builds carefully on several generations of scholarship in the field—but pushes the scholarly conversation forward in important and new directions through its archival findings and synthetic analysis. This is a sit-up-and-take-notice, must-read book in Victorian and modernist studies."—Ann Ardis, University of Delaware

 "Miller's own reading, while careful, must have been anything but slow: she commands a dauntingly deep reservoir of sources, and her argument overflows with incisive analyses." -- Review by Leah Price, Times Literary Supplement (24 May 2013)

"Slow print is a brilliant phrase on Miller’s part, drawing together as it does not only a new sense of urgency in response to accelerated capitalist production at the end of the nineteenth century but also our own period’s response to the heightened acceleration wrought by new digital technologies and captured, for us, in antidotes like the “slow food” movement and “slow living”.... In a single term Miller collapses two periods and helps us to understand both better." -- Review by Barbara Leckie, Victorian Literature and Culture (August 2015)

"[A] beautifully written, richly detailed and impressively learned book." -- Review by Ruth Kinna, The Journal of William Morris Studies (Summer 2015)

 "As the circulation of words and ... images speeded up, significant and influential figures on the left proposed putting the brakes on. It is a wonderfully suggestive way of understanding many transformations of [the] print-mediated public realm." -- Review by John Plotz, Nineteenth Century Literature (September 2013)

"Miller’s archive of texts is fascinating and provocative as well as fresh." -- Review in Novel, by Michael Scrivener (May 2015)



FramedThe New Woman Criminal in British Culture at the Fin de Siècle. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 2008.

by Elizabeth Carolyn Miller

"remarkable for its wide-ranging scholarship and the breadth of its author’s thinking. Miller has produced a valuable, highly readable study that will change the way we think about the New Woman and her political and social agency." -- Review by Grace Moore, Nineteenth Century Literature (December 2009): 426-29.

"Framed is a book that is remarkable for its steady erudition, its calm authority, and its consistent maintenance of a very high standard indeed for itself. There is not a wasted word or a subpar argument. This is a meticulous and intelligent treatment of what makes modernity." -- Review by Talia Schaffer,Romanticism and Victorianism on the Net (November 2009).

"a refreshing, wide-ranging look at a complex figure emerging in the Victorian twilight." -- Review by Caroline Reitz, Victorian Studies (Winter 2010): 310-12.

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