Elizabeth Miller

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Position Title
Professor of English

257 Voorhies, 1223 Hart
Office Hours
Spring Quarter 2024: Tuesday 10-11am in Voorhies 257, Wednesday 12-1pm in Hart Hall 1223

Currently Teaching:

  • 133 - 19th-Century British Literature


Elizabeth Carolyn Miller is Professor of English and Interim Chair of the Department of Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies. She joined the UC Davis English department in 2008 and served as Chair of English 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 literature of Britain and the British Empire, ecocriticism and environmental studies, gender studies, and media studies. Her latest book titled Extraction Ecologies and the Literature of the Long Exhaustion appeared with Princeton University Press in October 2021. Previous books include Slow Print: Literary Radicalism and Late Victorian Print Culture (Stanford University Press, 2013), and Framed: The New Woman Criminal in British Culture at the Fin de Siècle (University of Michigan Press, 2008). In 2018, she guest-edited a special issue of Victorian Studies on "Climate Change and Victorian Studies" and in 2019 she published a co-edited volume titled Teaching William Morris. She also edited the first fully-annotated collection of George Bernard Shaw's political writings (Oxford, 2021).

Selected Awards


Publication Spotlight:


Extraction Ecologies and the Literature of the Long Exhaustion. Princeton University Press, Fall 2021.

Co-Winner, 2022 Stansky Book Prize, North American Conference on British Studies.

Honorable Mention for the 2022 Association for the Study of Literature and Environment (ASLE) Ecocriticism Book Award.

A Choice Outstanding Academic Title of the Year

Subject of a special Review Forum in Victorian Studies 64.3

"Elizabeth Carolyn Miller's much-anticipated Extraction Ecologies and the Literature of the Long Exhaustion is a rich and moving contribution to the rapidly evolving field of the energy humanities. ... Her book will become essential reading for scholars of the very long nineteenth century and an invaluable resource for those seeking new ways to teach that literature to students whose lives are taking shape in the inescapable context of accelerating climate change." -- Review by Iain Crawford, Dickens Quarterly (June 2022)

"This is a major book that will invite scholars of the period to think in new ways about 'extractivism,' while also showing how vital historical interpretation is to the environmental and energy humanities, fields that have predominantly focused on contemporary culture." -- Review by Benjamin Morgan, Critical Inquiry (2023)



George Bernard Shaw, Major Political Writings. Ed. Elizabeth Carolyn Miller. Oxford University Press, 2021. 


Teaching William Morris. Eds. Jason D. Martinek and Elizabeth Carolyn Miller. Fairleigh Dickinson University Press, 2019.

 "We so rarely talk about the nuts and bolts of teaching and our wildest hopes and dreams when teaching what we love; this collection does that." -- Review by Carolyn Lesjak, Victorian Studies (Spring 2022).
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.... 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)


Framed: The 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).


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Education & Interests:

  1. Ph.D., University of Wisconsin - Madison, 2003
  2. M.A., University of Wisconsin - Madison, 1997
  3. B.A., Marquette University, 1996