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I am a novelist and Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing and English Literature. Since 2018 I've been course leader for the MA and MFA in Creative Writing.
I am the author of the novels LOST BOYS (Little Brown 2008) and SUNSHINE STATE (Little, Brown 2010) and most recently UNAMERICAN ACTIVITIES (Dodo Ink 2017) and STRAYS (Haverthorn 2017) a collaborative work of experimental poetry based on my debut novel. I've also written numerous short stories and articles which have been published in various journals, websites and anthologies. I have a PhD in American literature from King's College London on the African-American author James Baldwin and the connection of his work to Civil Rights and post-colonial discourse. I'm also a founding member of Writers Rebel - we publish work about the climate and ecological emergency at www.writersrebel.com - and organise literary events that are also non violent direct actions with Extinction Rebellion. I also help run the Twitter for Extinction Rebellion UK.
My areas of research include: connections between contemporary literature and critical theory; connections between literary form and technology; the impact of socio-economic and political events on the novel and narrative fiction, experimental fiction, pastiche, parody, blending and complicating genre boundaries.
I'm interested in supervising creative writing PhDs working on experimental or literary fiction or literature PhDs researching C20th American literature, particularly African-American, Beat Generation and postmodern fiction.
Miller, James (2009) Integration, transformation and the redemption of America: 'The Fire Next Time' and ‘A Letter from Birmingham Jail’. European Journal of American Culture, 28(3), pp. 245-262. ISSN (print) 1466-0407
Miller, James (2008) What does it mean to be an American? The dialectics of self-discovery in Baldwin's “Paris essays” (1950–1961). Journal of American Studies, 42(01), pp. 51-66. ISSN (print) 0021-8758
Miller, James (2019) James Baldwin's Black Power : 'No Name in the Street', Fanon, Camus, and the Black Panthers. In: Craven, Alice Mikal , Dow, William E. and Nakamura, Yoko, (eds.) Of Latitudes Unknown: James Baldwin's Radical Imagination. Bloomsbury Academic. pp. 177-193. ISBN 9781501337710
Miller, James (2015) Short stories - 'experimental' shorts. In: Newland, Courttia and Hershman, Tania, (eds.) Writing short stories: a writers’ & artists’ companion. London, U.K. : Bloomsbury Academic. pp. 104-105. (Writers' and Artists' Companions) ISBN 9781408130803