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Jeffrey Miller

Associate Professor, English

Dickson Hall 356
A.B., Princeton University
D.Phil., University of Oxford
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I specialize in the study of early modern literature, history, and theology, with a particular focus on the works of John Milton and his contemporaries. Other related concerns of my work include: literary theory, especially with respect to theories of formalism, historicism, and aestheticism; Genetic Criticism; early modern writing processes; the History of Reading; and the History of the Book.

I am currently nearing completion of a monograph entitled “Signifying Shadows: Early Modern Typology, Milton, and the Writer’s Mind at Work”. I also recently identified what is now the earliest known draft of the King James Bible, and I am in the process of preparing a book-length edition and study of the manuscript. Other ongoing projects include co-editing, with Jason Rosenblatt and Thomas Roebuck, the “Table Talk” of John Selden (1584-1654), one of the seventeenth century’s most famous and enigmatic works, under contract with Oxford University Press.

Selected Publications:

“The Earliest Known Draft of the King James Bible: Samuel Ward’s Draft of 1 Esdras and Wisdom 3-4”, in Mordechai Feingold (ed.), Labourers in the Vineyard of the Lord: Scholarship and the Making of the King James Version of the Bible (Leiden: Brill, 2018), 187-265.

“‘Better, as in the Geneva’: The Role of the Geneva Bible in Drafting the King James Version,” Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies 47.3 (September 2017), 517-43.

"Fruit of Good Labours: The Earliest Known Draft of the King James Bible”, The Times Literary Supplement (16 October 2015), 14-15.

"Milton, Zanchius, and the Rhetoric of Belated Reading", Milton Quarterly 47.4 (December 2013), 199-219.

“Milton and the Conformable Puritanism of Richard Stock and Thomas Young”, in Edward Jones (ed.), Young Milton: The Emerging Author, 1620-1642 (Oxford University Press, 2013), 72-103.

“Reconstructing Milton’s Lost Index Theologicus: The Genesis and Usage of an Anti-Bellarmine, Theological Commonplace Book”, Milton Studies 52 (2011), 187-219.


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