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Department of English Language and Literature


David Lee Miller

Title: Carolina Distinguished Professor Emeritus
Department: English Language and Literature
College of Arts and Sciences
Resources: Curriculum Vitae [pdf]
English Language and Literature


Ph.D., University of California, Irvine, 1979

Areas of Specialization 

English Renaissance Literature

Professional Accolades 

  • Folger Shakespeare Library Fellowship ($7500), Fall 2017
  • Teaching Innovation Grant in Flipped Course Development, Center for Teaching Excellence, University of South Carolina (2015-16).  Featured coverage in USC Today.
  • N.E.H. Digital Humanities Implementation Award (co-P.I. Song Wang), 2012-2014.
  • Michael A. Hill Award for Outstanding Faculty Member, University of South Carolina Honors College (2012-2013)
  • Teacher of the Year, Department of English, USC (2008-2009).
  • Ringler Fellow, Huntington Library (June, 2008).
  • N.E.H. Scholarly Editions grant (collaborative; P.I. Joseph Loewenstein), 2007-20012.
  • N.E.H. Fellow, 2006-2007.
  • Harry Ransom Humanities Center Research Fellowship, University of Texas at Austin, 2003, 2005.
  • "Great Teachers" Award, given by the University of Kentucky Alumni Association, 2002.
  • EGSO Most Outstanding English Professor, 1998-99, given by the University of Kentucky English Graduate Student Organization.
  • Guggenheim Fellowship, 1994-95.

Current Research Projects 

"The Collected Works of Edmund Spenser." General Editor, with Patrick Cheney, Joseph Loewenstein, Elizabeth Fowler, and Andrew Zurcher. A new scholarly edition in three volumes, under contract to Oxford University Press for the Oxford English Texts Series. I am currently preparing text and commentary for the first edition of The Faerie Queene (1590) for volume II. We are at the same time building a digital archive for the study and teaching of Spenser's work.

Selected Publications


  • “Spenser’s Hovercraft” (10,500 words), accepted for publication in Spenser Studies, 2022.
  • “Allegory, or Unreliable Narrative,” in the Oxford Handbook of Renaissance Poetry 1500-1700, ed. Andrew Zurcher and Jason Scott-Warren (Oxford University Press), 8000 words..





  • “The Voice of Caesar’s Wounds,” in Forms of Association: Making Publics in Early Modern Europe, edited by Paul Yachnin and Marlene Eberhart, forthcoming from the University of Massachusetts Press (8,850 words).
  • “The Allegory of Chastity.” 2014 Kathleen Williams Lecture, forthcoming in Spenser Studies XXIX (2014) (6,550 words).
  • A Neglected Source for the Mortdant and Amavia Episode in The Faerie Queene,” Notes and Queries, New Series 61.2 (June, 2014): 229-31.
  • "Improper Nouns: A Response to Marshall Grossman," in Shakespeare and Donne: Cultural Hybrids in the Cultural Imaginary, ed. Judith H. Anderson and Jennifer Vaught, forthcoming from Fordham University Press.
  • "Dan Edmund Meets the Romantics," in Edmund Spenser's Poetry, Norton Critical Edition, ed. Anne Lake Prescott and Andrew Hadfield. Fourth edition. Norton, 2013.
  • "Laughing at Spenser's Daphnaida." Spenser Studies: A Renaissance Poetry Annual 26 (2011): 211-19."Fowre Hymnes, Prothalamion." The Oxford Handbook of Edmund Spenser, ed. Richard A. McCabe. Oxford University Press, 2010, 293-313.
  • "Building a Spenser Archive - One Scan at a Time." Duke University Libraries 20: 2/3 (2007), 14-19.
  • "Gender, Justice, and the Gods in The Faerie Queene, Book 5." In Reading Renaissance Ethics, ed. Marshall Grossman. Routledge, 2007, 19-37.
  • "The Faerie Queene, 1590" in A Critical Companion to Spenser Studies, ed. Bart van Es. New York: Palgrave, 2006, 139-165.
  • "The Father's Witness: Patriarchal Images of Boys." Representations 70 (2000): 114-140.

Other Information 

From 2010-18 I served as the founding Director of the Center for Digital Humanities at South Carolina. Before joining the faculty here in 2004, I taught for ten years at the University of Kentucky and for sixteen years at the University of Alabama, where I founded the Hudson Strode Program in Renaissance Studies in 1990.


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