Christopher R. Miller specializes in the poetry and prose fiction of the Long Eighteenth Century—that is, from the late seventeenth century through the Romantic era.  He is the author of The Invention of Evening: Perception and Time in Romantic Poetry (Cambridge, 2006), a study of the evening poem from Virgil to T.S. Eliot, with a focus on the ways that lyric poetry represents time and temporal process. Dr. Miller has recently completed a new book entitled, Surprise: The Poetics of the Unexpected in the Long Eighteenth Century.  It investigates the role of surprise as cognitive and aesthetic experience in the poetry, novels and literary criticism of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.


Ph.D., Harvard University

Scholarship / Publications

2010, “Fresh Pastures New? The Romantic Afterlife of Pastoral Elegy,” Blackwell’s Companion to British Romanticism, ed. Mahoney.

2009, “Happily Ever After? The Necessity of Fairytale in Queen Mab,” in The Unfamiliar Shelley, ed. Weinberg and Webb.

2009, “Fine Suddenness: Keats’s Sense of a Beginning,” in Something Understood, ed. Burt and Halperin,

2009, “Coleridge and the English Poetic Tradition,” in The Oxford Handbook of Coleridge Studies, ed. Burwick.

2007, “Wordsworth’s Anatomies of Surprise,” Studies in Romanticism (2007).

2006, The Invention of Evening: Perception and Time in Romantic Poetry (Cambridge Univ. Press).

2005, “Jane Austen’s Aesthetics and Ethics of Surprise,” Narrative (2005).

2005, “Shelley’s Uncertain Heaven,” ELH 72, 577-603.

2005, “Staying Out Late: Anne Finch’s Poetics of Evening,” SEL 45:3, 603-23.

2003, Introduction, The Rape of the Lock and Other Poems, ed. Martin Price (Signet).