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George Miller is a Professor of English and a former Department administrator for twenty-six years (from 1976 to 1999 and again 2013 to 2017). He served in sequence, as Director of Composition, Director of Undergraduate Studies, Director of the Writing Program, Associate Chair, and finally Chair of the Department. He was also Convener of the Chairs' Caucus, a position to which he was elected by the other 70 chairs and directors within the University.
He earned his B.A. and M.A. from The Pennsylvania State University; his Ph.D., with a minor in Philosophy, from the University of Connecticut, and his M. Div. from Lancaster Theological Seminary. His dissertation was on Milton's Paradise Lost. He has published seven books, two devoted to early American papermakers, three to American paper ephemera, one to a 17th-century English writer, and a widely-used college textbook that is just now going into its 11th edition. He has published widely in journals such as English Quarterly, Milton Quarterly, The Dickensian, Language and Style, Neuphilologische Mitteilungen, Cahiers elisabethains, Ariel, Modern Language Studies, Style, Analytical & Enumerative Bibliography, andTennessee Williams Review. In addition, he has written over 200 articles on American paper ephemera and popular culture in various popular magazines, historical society publications, and journals and papers specializing in ephemera.
His current research concerns the nature of religious experience as it is embodied in texts which we as writers create and also texts in which writers attempt to embody or provoke a religious experience. His work in progress blends together medieval meditative practices used in lectio divina with modern composition and cognitive theory to explore a series of ways in which readers can respond to spiritual texts.
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