Distinguished Literature Professor To Speak April 17

April 10, 2001

An internationally renowned scholar of 19th- and 20th-century English literature will speak at Baylor University Tuesday, April 17. Dr. J. Hillis Miller, distinguished professor of English and comparative literature at the University of California at Irvine, will address the topic "On the Authority of Literature" at 8 p.m. in the Foyer of Meditation at the Armstrong Browning Library. Sponsored by Baylor's English department, the lecture is free and open to the public.

Miller received his bachelor's degree summa cum laude from Oberlin College and his master's and doctorate degrees from Harvard University. Prior to his appointment at UCI, he served as professor and chair of the English department at Johns Hopkins University and professor of English at Yale University.

He is the author of more than 20 books, including "Charles Dickens: The World of His Novels," "The Disappearance of God: Five Nineteenth-Century Writers," "Versions of Pygmalion," "Reading Narrative" and "Black Holes (Cultural Memory in the Present)." Additionally, he is past editor or member of the advisory board of numerous academic publications, such as "Modern Language Notes," "Journal of the American Academy of Religion" and "The Oxford Literary Review," among others. A member of Phi Beta Kappa, Miller also served as president of the Modern Language Association and as a Fulbright, Carnegie and American Academy of Arts and Sciences Fellow.

For more information on Miller's lecture, contact Baylor's department of English at 710-1768.

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